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  • Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in the West Bank Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, the military and a Palestinian security official said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers saw two Palestinians throwing a fire bomb towards a road near the Palestinian city of Nablus and "identifying an immediate threat shot toward the suspects' lower extremities". A Palestinian security source said one of the Palestinians shot by the soldiers was killed, but gave no further details. The Israeli military said it was searching for the second man.
  • Outspoken prince to launch pan-Arab news channel 

    Alarab News Channel staff are seen on duty at the editorial office in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 15, 2014An outspoken, billionaire Saudi prince will on Sunday launch a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on January 23. Broadcasting from 1300 GMT on Sunday, his Bahrain-based Alarab News Channel will be the latest player in the Arabic-language television market, after Qatar-subsidised Al-Jazeera became the first regional news broadcaster 19 years ago. It will also be a rival for Dubai-based Al-Arabiya, established in 2003 and owned by Sheikh Waleed al-Ibrahim, a brother-in-law of Saudi Arabia's late King Fahd.

  • Saudi postpones flogging of blogger for third week 

    Saudi blogger Raef Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine for "insulting Islam"Saudi Arabia postponed Friday for a third week in a row the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, his wife said. Raef Badawi "was not flogged" on Friday, Ensaf Haidar told AFP, adding that the reason was unclear. Badawi's case has already prompted worldwide outrage and criticism from the UN, US, the EU and others. Badawi co-founded the now-banned Saudi Liberal Network along with women's rights campaigner Suad al-Shammari, who was also accused of insulting Islam and arrested last October.

  • New Saudi king in major government shake-up 

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman (centre) speaks with Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (left) at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, on January 27, 2015Saudi Arabia's new King Salman has tightened his hold on power, firing two sons of his predecessor and replacing the heads of intelligence and other key agencies in a sweeping shakeup. The appointments, which analysts said supported signs the kingdom will chart a steady course on foreign and oil policy, came a week after Salman, 79, took the throne following the death of King Abdullah. Top officials from the Ports Authority, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the conservative Islamic kingdom's religious police were among those let go late Thursday. One of his more than 30 decrees ordered "two months' basic salary to all Saudi government civil and military employees," the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

  • Myanmar opens deep sea port for Chinese oil pipeline YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has officially opened a deep sea port off its western coast, part of a $2.45 billion port and pipeline project that will carry crude oil from the Middle East to China.
  • Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech 

    Saudi blogger Raef Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine for "insulting Islam"Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says. Badawi, born on January 13, 1984, is the father of two girls aged 11 and seven with his wife Ensaf Haidar, his teenage sweetheart. The clean-shaven 31-year-old Badawi, who loves to read, studied economics and ran an English-language and computer learning institute, his wife said. He wanted free speech and rights for women and all human beings.

  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade 

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive.

  • Factbox: Under-reported conflicts in 2015 By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine are getting wide coverage in Western media, but there are at least 30 other conflicts in the world that are likely to go largely unnoticed this year and keep millions of people in crisis. Here are a few of them: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's east displaced 770,000 people in 2014 alone. An estimated 7 million people across the country need aid, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Elections next year will be pivotal as the violence in the east is largely a symptom of the government's poor governance, says the International Crisis Group (ICG).
  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend.
  • Iraqi female jihadist an important symbol for IS 

    Islamic State militants have called on Jordan to release Iraqi jihadist Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi who was arrested in 2005 after a botched suicide bomb attackSajida al-Rishawi, thrust into the spotlight by the Islamic State group's demand she be released in a prisoner exchange, is an important symbol for the jihadists, experts say. Closely linked to IS's predecessor organisation in Iraq, Rishawi is on death row in Jordan for her role in 2005 suicide bombings in Amman that killed 60 and shocked one of the Middle East's most stable countries. Rishawi, now 44, was arrested four days after the November 9, 2005 attacks in which her husband Ali Hussein al-Shammari and two other Iraqis blew themselves up in Amman. "Rishawi is important for her link to Al-Qaeda in Iraq and one of the most significant operations outside Iraq in its history -- the Amman bombings," Aymenn al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle East Forum, said in reference to the group that preceded IS.

  • Rights group blasts IS for atrocities 

    Human Rights Watch’s Executive Director Kenneth Roth, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Roth said, as long as the Iraq continues to rely on Shiite militia in battles against jihadis and the Syrian government’s military bombard rebel-held areas with barrels bombs, some Sunnis will still prefer to live under IS and see them as protectors of the sect. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism.

  • Egyptian prosperity, not protests, could define Sisi rule 

    Egyptian President al-Sisi makes a speech during the Egypt in the World event in the Swiss mountain resort of DavosBy Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - A crackdown on protests in Egypt is not expected to provoke widespread unrest that threatens President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule, as most Egyptians crave an end to years of political turmoil that have hammered their hopes of prosperity. More than 25 people were killed at the weekend when security forces quelled protesters angered by what many perceive as a police state and a disregard for free speech and human rights, as well as the government's crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sisi's long-term political survival may hinge instead on his efforts to stimulate the economy and create jobs in the Arab world's most populous country, where the unemployment rate has climbed from 8.9 percent to 13 percent since Mubarak's rule. They say the dynamics of the unrest could change if Sisi does not reform the police, accused of widespread human rights abuses in a clampdown launched after the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

  • Turkey, Lebanon restart Baghdad flights after shooting, Gulf waits Turkish Airlines and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA) resumed flights to Baghdad on Thursday after halting them earlier in the week when bullets hit a plane as it was landing in the Iraqi capital. Samir Kubba, the head of Iraq's civil aviation authority, told Reuters a flight from Istanbul had landed and another from Beirut was expected shortly. An MEA official and the Turkish Airlines website confirmed that both carriers, which provide daily flights to Baghdad, had resumed service. At least seven airlines suspended flights to Baghdad following the shooting incident.
  • Romney, mulling 2016 run, jabs Clinton and Obama 

    Mitt Romney, considering another presidential run, took swipes at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton for "cluelessly" conducting foreign policy, and said Barack Obama's brand of economics is hurting AmericansMitt Romney, considering another presidential run, took swipes at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for "cluelessly" conducting foreign policy, and said Barack Obama's brand of economics is hurting Americans. The 2012 Republican nominee, who lost to Obama, has returned to the political spotlight this month after telling donors he remains interested in a third shot at the White House. The former secretary of state "cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia, which smiled and then invaded Ukraine," Romney told students at Mississippi State University, according to prepared remarks.

  • Iraq, UAE play for Middle East supremacy in 3rd-place match 

    UAE's Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, center, battle for the ball against Australia's Trent Sainsbury, right, and Mathew Ryan, left, during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between Australia and United Arab Emirates in Newcastle, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — After falling one game short of an Asian Cup finals appearance, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates will play for Middle Eastern supremacy in the third-place playoff in Newcastle on Friday.

  • Japan analyzing purported new voice recording of IS captive: PM's spokesman The Japanese government is analyzing a purported new voice recording in which a Japanese journalist held captive by Islamic State says a Jordanian pilot also in their custody will be killed if a swap for a would-be suicide bomber is not carried out by sunset on Thursday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office said. Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed. The fate of Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, a veteran war reporter who is being held by the insurgent group. In the latest recording, the voice of a man who identifies himself as Goto says in English: "If Sajida al-Rishawi is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset January 29 Mosul time, the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh will be killed immediately." Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said earlier that Jordan was ready to release al-Rishawi if Kasaesbeh was spared, but made clear that she would be held until the pilot was freed.
  • Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity 

    Researchers work inside Manot Cave in Israel's Western GalileeBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The researchers said characteristics of the skull, dating from a time period when members of our species were thought to have been marching out of Africa, suggest the individual was closely related to the first Homo sapiens populations that later colonized Europe. They also said the skull provides the first evidence that Homo sapiens inhabited that region at the same time as Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relative. Tel Aviv University anthropologist Israel Hershkovitz, who led the study published in the journal Nature, called the skull "an important piece of the puzzle of the big story of human evolution." Previous genetic evidence suggests our species and Neanderthals interbred during roughly the time period represented by the skull, with all people of Eurasian ancestry still retaining a small amount of Neanderthal DNA as a result.

  • Kobane in ruins after Kurds drive out IS 

    View of the centre of Kobane as Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic Syrian town in a symbolic blow for the Islamioc State jihadist groupPulverised buildings, heavily armed fighters roaming otherwise deserted rubble-strewn streets: the ferocious battle for Kobane has left the Syrian border town in ruins, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived there Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier from the Islamic State group on Monday in a symbolic blow to the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in their brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. After more than four months of fighting, the streets of Kobane -- now patrolled by Kurdish militiamen with barely a civilian in sight -- were a mass of debris and buildings that had in some case been turned to dust. On Tuesday, Kurdish forces battled IS militants in villages around Kobane, with warnings that the fight was far from over.

  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa 

    This undated photo provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 shows a partial human skull excavated from a cave in Israel's western Galilee region. Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University says the bone dates from around 55,000 years ago, about the time scientists believe the migration from Africa reached that area. "This is the first evidence we have of the humans who made this journey," apart from some ancient tools, said Eric Delson of Lehman College and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (AP Photo/Israel Antiquities Authority, Clara Amit)NEW YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

  • IS suffers 'devastating' blows but biggest fighting still ahead 

    Kurdish fighters walk through the wreckage left by fighting on a street in the center of the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015The Islamic State group has suffered "devastating" blows in Syria's Kobane and on several Iraqi fronts, but analysts warn such victories in the fight against the jihadists cannot be replicated everywhere. "Kobane shows that intense air strikes concentrated in a small space can succeed in containing IS," said Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow at the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum. "The air strikes were devastating. According to observers, the jihadists lost around 1,200 fighters in the battle of Kobane and some US officials have said that American-led airstrikes killed 6,000 jihadists since the air war started in August.

  • Hostage parents make anguished pleas as IS deadline nears 

    A pedestrian looks at a large screen in Tokyo on January 28, 2015 showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State groupThe parents of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian airman held by Islamic State militants made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline for an exchange with a jihadi bomber neared Wednesday. Safi Kassasbeh begged the Jordanian government to save his pilot son's "at any price", while the mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto urged Tokyo to "please save Kenji's life". The deadline was set by the Islamic State group in a chilling video demanding Jordan release Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber who has been on death row there since 2006.

  • Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East.
  • Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king 

    Saudi King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at the Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a senior US official said. Riyadh has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS since last year and is a long-time regional ally of Washington. There has also been unease in the kingdom about Obama's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Shiite-dominated Iran, the regional rival of Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia.

  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom 

    President Barack Obama meets with the new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The president and first lady have come to express their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.

  • Obama to bolster crucial Saudi alliance amid Mideast unrest By Roberta Rampton RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay his respects after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Obama wanted to discuss with the new Saudi King Salman the fight against Islamic State, the volatile situation in Yemen and talks on ending a long running dispute about Iran's nuclear ambitions. "We do believe that Saudi policy will remain quite similar to how it's been under King Abdullah," he said, adding Obama wanted to forge the same kind of "close relationship" with Salman as he had with his predecessor Obama's visit comes as Washington struggles with worsening strife in the Middle East and counts Saudi Arabia among its few steady partners in a campaign against Islamic State militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.
  • Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors 

    In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheik Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, right, meets with by Kevin Spacey in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Kevin Spacey skipped the SAG awards to watch 34 young aspiring actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation’s Home Grown initiative supporting local talent. After two weeks of intensive training, the actors performed a play set in a fictional refugee camp where issues of poverty, corruption, love and hope were acted out on a theater before an intimate gathering that included Al Qasimi. The cast, all 25 years-old or younger, hail from war-torn Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon and across the Arab world, and for many it was the first time they had ever left their home countries or been given support to hone their craft. (AP Photo/WAM)SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on "House of Cards", to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative supporting local talent.

  • On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets 

    Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Some 300 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945, down from 1,500 who attended the event 10 years ago.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

  • Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties 

    Saudi King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at the Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. Since last year Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group. There has also been unease in the kingdom about Obama's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Shiite-dominated Iran, the regional rival of Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia.

  • IS threatens to kill Japan hostage, Jordan pilot within 24 hours 

    Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by Islamic State in Syria, in a video uploaded on YouTube on January 27, 2015The Islamic State jihadist group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant. A voiceover, purportedly by Goto, warns that Jordan is blocking the Japanese journalist's release by failing to free Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber on death row since 2006. It follows a video released last week in which the group claimed to have beheaded another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa, and said Goto would be killed next if Rishawi was not freed. Japan said following the new threat that it was seeking help from Jordan.

  • Audrey Tautou, Matthew Weiner among Berlin film fest jury 

    Dieter Kosslick director of the International Film Festival Berlin, the Berlinale, holds a copy of a 65 years old Golden Bear award certificate as he poses for the media prior to the annual program press conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The 65. Berlinale will take place in the German capital from Thursday, Feb. 5, until Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — "Amelie" actress Audrey Tautou and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner are among the seven jury members for this year's Berlin Film Festival, which will be led by director Darren Aronofsky, organizers said Tuesday.

  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport 

    An aerial view shows planes parked at Dubai international airport, home to the national carrier Emirates Airways, on May 27, 2012Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further surge in traveller numbers in 2015. Dubai International is home to Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier, which along with Abu Dhabi's Etihad and Qatar Airways has seized a significant portion of travel between the West, Asia and Australasia. "This historic milestone is the culmination of over five decades of double-digit average growth," Dubai Airports Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said in a statement.

  • Baghdad flights disrupted after bullet hits flydubai jet 

    File photo shows an aircraft flown by low budget commercial airliner flydubai (R) landing at Dubai International airport on November 17, 2011A bullet hit the fuselage of a flydubai airliner on its descent into Baghdad Tuesday, lightly wounding a young girl and prompting many carriers to suspend their flights, officials said. The pilot landed and he was not aware of what had happened," Transport Minister Baqr Jabr al-Zubaidi told reporters at the airport. The no-frills carrier, a sister firm of Emirates, said it was working with Iraqi authorities to investigate the incident, adding that it would continue to fly to other destinations in Iraq. Other UAE carriers, including Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia, suspended their flights to Baghdad, as did Turkish Airlines and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA).

  • Airlines halt flights to Baghdad after gunfire hits plane 

    FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2005 file photo, an Iraqi Airways plane sits on the tarmac at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Multiple airlines from the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday they were canceling flights to Baghdad after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital.

  • Exclusive: ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes court 

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attends a news conference after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in MoscowBy Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters. The continued support from countries which provide more than a third of the court's cash, including Germany, Britain and France, averts the risk of paralysis at the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. It would have struggled to move ahead with cases such as those against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen. Prosecutors incurred Israel's wrath this month when they said they would examine any crimes that may have occurred since June in the Palestinian territories, opening a path to possible charges against Israelis or Palestinians.

  • Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release 

    Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Suga told reporters that the government was still analyzing a video posted online that purported to show Haruna Yukawa, one of the two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, had been killed. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government's handling of the crisis.

  • Serie A TV rights holder suggests avoiding La Liga clashes 

    AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi looks at his players during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and AC Milan in Rome's Olympic stadium, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport 

    FILE- In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Emirates passenger planes are parked at their gates of Dubai airport in United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

  • Hostage crisis trips up Japan as it seeks global security role By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo knew for months that Islamic State militants were holding two Japanese men captive, but appeared ill-prepared when the group set a ransom deadline and purportedly killed one of them, according to officials involved in the crisis in the past week. The biggest foreign policy test of Prime Minister's Shinzo Abe's two years in office may have blindsided an administration that has pushed for Japan to take a stronger line on global security, according to the accounts of officials speaking to Reuters on condition they not be named. As Abe prepared for a five-day trip to the Middle East where he would announce $200 million in humanitarian aid to counter Islamic State, he convened a meeting of his national security advisers, said a person with knowledge of the proceedings. Officials involved in preparations for Abe's agenda understood that by naming Islamic State as a threat during a visit to Egypt, Abe was taking a risk.
  • Obama leads US dignitaries paying respects in Saudi Arabia 

    U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the audience after delivering a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium, a government-run event center, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama is leading a high-level delegation of current and former American officials to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects following King Abdullah's death and to take measure of the kingdom's new monarch.

  • Regional airlines suspend Baghdad flights after airplane shooting Airlines from at least three countries suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit an airplane operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai, as it was landing at Baghdad airport. An aviation official and a security official told Reuters two passengers were lightly injured when three or four bullets hit the body of the plane on Monday evening. The security official said the authorities had rounded up suspects in farmlands south of the airport, which sits on the city's western outskirts. Guns are widely available in Iraq and celebratory gunfire into the air is not uncommon.



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