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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State

- The Washington Times

Japanese officials early on Sunday condemned a new video showing the execution of one of its citizens held captive by the Islamic State group. They demanded the immediate release of another captive shown in the video.

First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov speaks during a panel "The Russian Outlook"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2015's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Russians will ‘eat less’ for Vladimir Putin, top official says

- Associated Press

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support.

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U.S. President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, center, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Obama is the first American leader to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Obama, Modi display bond, cite progress toward nuclear ties

- Associated Press

Seizing on their personal bond, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday they had made progress on nuclear cooperation and climate change, with Obama declaring a "breakthrough understanding" in efforts to free U.S. investment in nuclear energy development in India.

30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

- Associated Press

More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

- Associated Press

The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pose for the media prior to a meeting on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for a gathering of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

Kerry to visit Nigeria ahead of election

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to stop in Nigeria for meetings with the two leading candidates in the upcoming presidential election signals deep U.S. concerns about postelection violence in a country already devastated by an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, security police watch over the entrance to a federal courthouse in New York where the trial of a man charged with conspiring in the 1998 bombings that killed 224 people at two U.S. embassies in Africa is taking place. Fears over the terror attacks in Paris have raised security at the city's federal courthouses to levels not seen since the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Sept. 11-era security unveiled for latest NYC terror trial

- Associated Press

Bigger names in global terrorism have been tried in New York's federal courts before but there has never been this kind of security all at once: Assault rifle-toting federal guards at every entrance, Homeland Security vans surrounding the courthouses, searches, metal detectors and sign-ins required for all trial visitors.

Yemeni protesters burn representations of French, American and Israeli flags during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

5 things to know: Why crisis in Yemen matters to Americans

- Associated Press

Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet Sunday, but the government's future is unclear.

Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for the United States, Josefina Vidal, arrives for a second day of talks with a U.S. delegates, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The two countries are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials. Cuba is demanding its removal from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which Washington says it is considering. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

US, Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

- Associated Press

After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.

Mossa Ag Attaher, spokesman for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, speaks during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday Jan. 23, 2014.   The Tuareg separatist spokesman Mossa Ag Attaher accused the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali of siding with the government and allied militias and has threatened to boycott upcoming peace talks based in Algeria. (AP Photo/ Paul Schemm)

Mali separatists slam UN over clash, freeze cooperation

- Associated Press

The separatist Tuareg movement in Mali broke off cooperation with the U.N. peacekeeping movement after a clash left several of its fighters dead and threatened Friday to boycott the next round of peace talks.

Yemeni protesters burn representations of French, American and Israeli flags during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

5 things to know about political crisis in Yemen

- Associated Press

Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet Sunday, but the government's future is unclear.