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AP Top International News At 9:46 a.m. EST

Egypt releases Australian Al-Jazeera reporter
CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo airport official says Al-Jazeera's Australian reporter Peter Greste has left Egypt on a flight to Cyprus after his release from prison....

Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place....

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
TOKYO (AP) -- Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism....

Jordan renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage....

Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine says 13 of its servicemen have been killed and 20 wounded in the fighting with Russia-backed separatist forces over the past 24 hours....

Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter
TOKYO (AP) -- Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto....

Japanese shocked, saddened by purported slaying of hostage
TOKYO (AP) -- The news of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants rushed through Japan early Sunday morning, shocking and saddening people in a nation that has embraced pacifism and where many were not emotionally prepared to cope with the hostage crisis:...

Serbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia has granted citizenship to a key political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he pledged millions of dollars in investments from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile, Serbian officials said Sunday....

Egypt antiquities showman tells the world it's safe to visit
KRUGERSDORP, South Africa (AP) -- Egypt's best-known archaeologist is a passionate showman with an explorer's fedora who joined the last, doomed Cabinet of President Hosni Mubarak, then resigned in a swirl of corruption allegations after the 2011 revolution ousted his patron. Admired or reviled, he is once again a frontman for Egypt, exhorting international audiences to see the heritage of a country where unrest has hit tourism hard....

Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year....

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World Video
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Africa
Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria

Asia
Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

Europe
Serbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader

Latin America/Caribbean
Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

Middle East
Egypt releases Australian Al-Jazeera reporter


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