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Saturday Jan 31

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

TOKYO (AP) - The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.
"Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh," Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement. "We will inform you of any developments in due time."
He urged Jordanians not to listen to rumors.

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Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"
A mammoth explosion shattered the morning, collapsing most of the hospital and sending flames and smoke boiling into the sky Thursday morning.

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Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan

KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) - Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.
For decades Afghans have fled into Pakistan to escape war and upheaval, but in recent months the tide has reversed, with some 60,000 Pakistanis - more than half of them children - taking refuge in the Gulan camp, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the border in the restive Khost province.

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Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's settlement watchdog group says the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state.
Peace Now said on Friday that 450 tenders have been issued. The move comes ahead of Israel's national elections in March 17.
Hagit Ofran of Peace Now accused the Israeli government of "trying to create facts on the ground ahead of the election."
The elections are

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35 years after boy Etan Patz vanished, murder trial to open

NEW YORK (AP) - Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker's name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.
But after 35 years, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a murder and kidnapping case that shaped the nation's approach to missing children. Opening statements are set for Friday.
Hernandez emerged as a suspect in 2012, based on a tip and a videotaped confession that prosecutors say

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