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Oil prices down ahead of Fed meet outcome, supply report

A customer uses a petrol nozzle to fill up his tank in a gas station in Nice August 27, 2012.
 
28 Jan 2015
Oil prices fell in Asia Wednesday as dealers await the outcome of a US Federal Reserve meeting and the release of a US supply report expected to show a surge in crude stockpiles, analysts said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for...
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Mother of Japanese captive begs PM to save son held by Islamic State

 man walks past screens displaying a television news programme showing an image of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in Tokyo January 25, 2015.
28 Jan 2015
The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. The voice on...
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Israeli army: Israeli aircraft strike positions in Syria

3 OF 5. Lebanon's Hezbollah members raise their fists and rifles while carrying the coffin of Jihad Moughniyah during his funeral in Beirut's suburbs January 19, 2015. 
28 Jan 2015
Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army artillery positions early on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier. The strike came amid rising frontier tension 10...
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Army: Rockets fired from Syria hit Israeli-held Golan

27 Jan 2015
At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.   There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.   But the army...
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UN agency says runs out of money to repair Gaza war-damaged homes

A Palestinian boy plays near the ruins of his family's house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City, 21 October 2014.
27 Jan 2015
The main UN aid agency in the Gaza Strip said on Tuesday a lack of international funding had forced it to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to homes damaged in last summer's war.   "People are...
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UK economy grows by 2.6% in 2014, 0.5% in Q4

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos
 
27 Jan 2015
Britain's economy grew by 2.6 percent last year in the fastest annual pace since 2007, but slowed more sharply than expected in the fourth quarter, official data showed Tuesday. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.5 percent in the...
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Kiev military: Nine Ukrainian soldiers killed in 'tense' eastern conflict

Medics transport a woman, who according to locals was injured by recent shelling, at a hospital in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, January 26, 2015.
 
27 Jan 2015
Nine Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting Russian-backed separatists in the past 24 hours, the Kiev military said on Tuesday, as rebels fought to encircle a key town straddling transport routes between their two...
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Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

A protester holding a placard chants ''Save Kenji'' during a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official residence in Tokyo, January 25, 2015.
 
27 Jan 2015
- Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to...
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Russia warns West not to blackmail it over Ukraine

 Soldiers stand guard at the base of Ukrainian self-defence battalion 'Azov' in the southern coastal town of Mariupol, September 7, 2014.
26 Jan 2015
Russia blamed Kiev on Monday for a surge in fighting in Ukraine and warned the West that any attempt to increase economic pressure on Moscow would be "absolutely destructive" blackmail.   Pro-Moscow separatists, backed by...
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UN envoy Angelina Jolie urges end of suffering by Iraqi IS victims

26 Jan 2015
Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie has urged world leaders to increase efforts in alleviating the suffering of victims of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, where the group, rising to international prominance after...
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