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Deadline by ISIS passes as Jordan seeks proof

Jordan demanded proof on Thursday that a pilot threatened with execution by the ISIS group was alive, as a deadline set by the jihadists to free a female militant expired.

Israel says Hezbollah doesn’t want conflict

Israel was on Thursday to bury two soldiers killed in a Hezbollah missile strike that triggered Israeli fire on southern Lebanon, raising tensions between the bitter enemies to their highest in years.

‘Tug-of-war among Islamists behind Libya attack’

A bitter tug-of-war between Islamists vying for power and influence was behind this week’s deadly assault on a top Libyan hotel that was claimed by the ISIS group, experts say.

8-year-old French boy probed for praising terror

An eight-year-old boy in France was questioned by police for half an hour, after he allegedly made comments in school in praise of terrorists, police said.

More EU sanctions as new Ukraine talks loom

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The EU prepared Thursday to expand sanctions against Russia as Ukraine’s warring parties announced fresh truce talks after a surge in fighting between Kiev and Kremlin-backed rebels.

Extradition of mentally ill ‘jihadist’ correct: European Union

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday backed the extradition of a mentally ill British man accused of setting up a jihadist training camp in the United States.

Gulag letters illustrate history of Soviet camp

A letter from one of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s political prisoners, reading “Deported to distant camps.  AFP

Written on cigarette packs or scraps of newspaper, embroidered with a fishbone on shreds of cloth or scratched on birch bark, clandestine letters from the Soviet Gulag were composed by any means priso

Barcelona edge nine-man Atletico in thriller

Barcelona’s Neymar (right) celebrates after scoring against Atletico de Madrid during their Copa del Rey quarter-final. — AP

Neymar bagged a double as Barcelona twice came from behind to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-2 win over nine-man Atletico Madrid to seal a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova in showdown

Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts after her 6-3, 6-2 win over countrymate Ekaterina Makarova. — AFP

Arch-rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a dream Australian Open final on Thursday while Andy Murray ground down Tomas Berdych to give himself a fourth crack at winning the Melbourne Par

Apple catches up with Samsung

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Apple caught up with Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said Thursday.

On the first day of American President Barack Obama’s visit to India, the two most commonly used words were chemistry and optics.

January 27, 2015, was an eventful day. A few events took place almost simultaneously on this day that are likely to impact the future of India’s security and economy.