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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Arkansas congressional delegation requesting loan extension

Associated Press

The Arkansas congressional delegation is calling on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to extend the loan repayment date for farmers affected by the collapse of Turner Grain until bankruptcy proceedings are completed.

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.

In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. (AP Photo/@AliTweel via AP video)

Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

- Associated Press

In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2014 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, that the United States needs to return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

- Associated Press

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.