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A man comforts the wife of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Jordan on Wednesday offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan to Islamic State: Need proof captive pilot is alive before any trade

- Associated Press

Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset unless an al Qaeda prisoner is freed from death row in Jordan.

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An injured Ukrainian soldier receives medical care at a hospital in the town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Fighting between government and Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine has intensified in recent days as rebels seek to encircle the town of Debaltseve, which hosts a strategically important railway hub. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Ukraine: Russia-backed rebels overrun another town in east

- Associated Press

Ukraine's military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by Russian-backed separatist forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a strategically valuable railway hub.

Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship

- Associated Press

Thailand's junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May.

Ambassadors help Nordic skiers enjoy Grand Teton Park

- Associated Press

Taking off from the Bradley-Taggart trailhead in Grand Teton National Park, cross-country skiers or snowshoers can explore a groomed road or untracked backcountry terrain, but with unpredictable weather and exertion, outings can carry an edge.