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Jordan demands IS deliver proof captured pilot still alive
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A spokesman says Jordan's government has demanded proof of life of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about his release....

Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern city of Yola, breaking windows on some of the vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt....

As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows....

Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group....

News Guide: A look at the Islamic State hostage crisis
A new message purportedly from Islamic State group militants holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot sets yet another deadline to meet their demands. Here's a look at the latest twists and turns in this crisis....

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on....

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded....

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu
JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up....

Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel....

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said....

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