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Islamic State video shows beheading of Japanese hostage

Reports are emerging that one of the Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State has been beheaded in a video released by the militant group.

Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch bloody offensive

Mariupol - World leaders on Sunday ramped up pressure on Moscow to stop pro-Kremlin rebels from pursuing a major new Ukrainian offensive after rockets killed 30 people in a strategic government-held port.

Argentine prosecutor shot point blank in forehead: Official

Buenos Aires - An Argentine prosecutor found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner took a bullet point-blank to his forehead, justice officials said Saturday.

Former Miss Turkey posts poem criticizing Erdoğan, gets arrested

Istanbul - After posting a satirical poem on social media that criticized her country's president, Merve Büyüksaraç, a former Miss Turkey, was arrested and is awaiting trial later this year. She has been released on bail.

Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers

Moscow - It was the silence, the smell of ashes and the boundless surrounding expanse that struck Soviet soldier Ivan Martynushkin when his unit arrived in January 1945 to liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

U.S. spies link Litvinenko killing to Kremlin

London - U.S. spies intercepted communications between the chief suspects in the murder case of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko, linking his poisoning to the Russian state, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

U.S. airliners land in Atlanta after 'credible bomb threats'

After landing safely, two airliners are being searched at an Atlanta airport by police after "credible" bomb threats were received.

Japan condemns 'outrageous' hostage murder

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable" and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid growing global revulsion.

Obama official: Israel will 'pay price' for 'spat in face'

Washington - A 'spat' between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated on Friday, as a White House official blasted the leader of one of America's closest allies — and vowed retaliation for his perceived disrespect.

Modi hugs Obama at start of three-day India visit

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi Sunday for the start of a three-day visit to India, receiving a hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he disembarked from Air Force One.

Saudi capital turns quiet for day of mourning

Riyadh - The normally gridlocked streets of the Saudi capital were quiet on Sunday after King Salman declared a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah, and more foreign leaders made their way to the kingdom.

Yemen parliament postpones meeting on president resignation

Sanaa - Yemen's parliament on Sunday again postponed an extraordinary session which had been due to discuss President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's resignation, prolonging the power vacuum gripping the country.

Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Berlin - Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday.

Is Winnipeg really the racist city Maclean's says it is?

Winnipeg - The mayor of Winnipeg fought back tears at a press conference on Thursday, the same day Maclean's magazine published "Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada's racism problem is at its worst."

Greece begins voting in make-or-break election

Athens - Greece began voting Sunday in a crucial general election that could bring the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and lead to a re-negotiation of the country's international bailout.

EU, NATO call on Russia to end support of Ukraine rebels

Brussels - The EU and NATO called on Russia to end its support for rebels in Ukraine, with Brussels mulling an emergency meeting after at least 30 people were killed in the port of Mariupol in a major escalation of the fighting.

Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 villagers in Nigeria's northeast

Maiduguri - Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the city which is the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency and where President Goodluck Jonathan is to launch his re-election campaign Saturday.

Kerry heads to Nigeria amid tensions over polls, Boko Haram

Lagos - US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Nigeria Sunday, just weeks away from closely fought elections overshadowed by fears about mounting Boko Haram violence and poll-related unrest.

Rebel leader announces launch of assault on Ukraine's Mariupol

Kiev - A top pro-Russian rebel on Saturday announced the launch of a major offensive on Ukraine's government-held port of Mariupol, confirming responsibility for rocket fire that killed at least 20 people.
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