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Japan 'indignant' over purported video of hostage beheading
The Japanese government spokesman expressed "extreme indignation" Sunday over a video purportedly from the Islamic State group that shows a militant beheading hostage Kenji Goto.
Germany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is underlining the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans though stressing that Berlin's aim remains to keep Greece in the eurozone.
Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
An African Union official says African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men
Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law.
Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.
Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.
Hezbollah warns Israel it won't tolerate more attacks
The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said this week's cross-border attack was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.
UN: Destruction of Syria chemical weapons facilities begins
International investigators say the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production facilities has begun.
Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US
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."
Myanmar opens deep sea port for Chinese oil pipeline
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.
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