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Security forces inspect the site of a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad Iraq, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Islamic State kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops

- Associated Press

Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.

Protesters chant "Free Goto" during a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Freelance journalist Kenji Goto was seized in late October in Syria, apparently while trying to rescue another hostage, Haruna Yukawa, who was captured by the militants last summer. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

- Associated Press

The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.

Smoke still rises from a destroyed house that was damaged in Saturday's shelling in the  Vostochniy district of Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April 2014, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September. Mariupol, a strategic port city on the Black Sea still controlled by Ukrainian forces, has been a symbolic bulwark against the separatist advance that if captured by the rebels would give them a land corridor to Russia-controlled Crimea. The city had been relatively quiet for months before Saturday's attack.(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Russia sanctions fail to stop Ukraine fighting

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration condemned new attacks by Russian-backed forces in Ukraine Thursday, and the European Union extended sanctions against Moscow and its allies because of the continued fighting.

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Activists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post

Associated Press

Syrian opposition fighters on Friday detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties among government troops, activists said.

Senior Kurdish military commander killed in Iraq

- Associated Press

Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters on Friday just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said.

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US

- Associated Press

When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, an Egyptian army armored vehicle stands on the on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, north Sinai, Egypt. An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers. Following the attack, el-Sissi cut short a trip to Ethiopia, to return to Cairo, MENA  reported Friday.(AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper, File) EGYPT OUT

Egypt raises death toll from coordinated Sinai attack to 32

- Associated Press

Egyptian officials on Friday raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.