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  • Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

    Monday, 11:03 PM

    Man walks past screens displaying TV news program showing image of Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in TokyoJapan 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 terrorism. The hostage crisis has become a test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took power in 2012 pledging to bolster Japan's global security role. Abe on Sunday condemned the killing of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the militants as "outrageous" and called for the release of veteran correspondent Kenji Goto, captured by Islamic State militants in Syria. "We would like to work together with the Jordanian government to secure the release of Goto," Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, told reporters in Jordan late on Monday.


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  • Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle

    Monday, 2:41 PM

    Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrikeBy Sylvia Westall and Ayla Jean Yackley BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. Some Islamic State supporters took to Twitter to say the fight for Kobani, a focal point of the international struggle against the ultra-hardline Islamist group, was still raging. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had retaken the town, close to the Turkish border, but were proceeding carefully in the eastern outskirts where Islamic State had planted mines before fleeing. "I can see the YPG flag flying over Kobani.


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  • AirAsia crash report won't include black box data: investigator

    Monday, 8:39 PM

    Indonesian soldiers the cockpit voice recorder of AirAsia QZ8501 at Iskandar airbase in Pangkalan BunA preliminary report into last month's crash of an AirAsia passenger jet that killed 162 people will not include an analysis of the black box flight recorders, an Indonesian investigator said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Committee will submit its initial findings this week to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on AirAsia's first fatal crash. The preliminary report, which the ICAO requires within 30 days of the date of the accident, will include "information on the plane, the number of passengers and other information like that", NTSC investigator Suryanto told Reuters.


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  • Cubans look to US detente for better Web access

    Monday, 10:59 PM

    People queue at an Internet service provider in Havana, on January 20, 2015Alfredo Castellano travels half an hour to Havana twice a week to write emails in a computer center with a Fidel Castro poster outside and aging machines inside. Like most Cubans, he lacks Internet access at home, but many hope this will change after the United States offered to bolster the communist island's tightly-controlled telecommunications as part of a historic diplomatic detente. Other locations offer Internet connection but it costs $4.50 per hour, three times more expensive that the email-only stations in a country where people earn around $20 per month.


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  • Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

    Monday, 10:58 PM

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.


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  • In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

    Monday, 10:35 PM

    U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiBy Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have come under strain. Obama made no direct reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose rise to power last year has emboldened some Hindu groups to assert themselves in a country with a history of religious strife. "Your Article 25 (of the constitution) says that all people are 'equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion'," Obama told a townhall address to mostly young Indians in New Delhi. "In both our countries, in all countries, upholding this fundamental freedom is the responsibility of government, but it's also the responsibility of every person." Modi's rise to power has emboldened right-wing activists to openly declare India a nation of Hindus, posing a challenge to its multi-faith constitutional commitment.


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  • LPGA season opens with top field in Florida

    Monday, 10:48 PM

    Park In-Bee of South Korea tees off during the first round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, on October 16, 2014Top-ranked Park In-Bee of South Korea and second-ranked New Zealand teen Lydia Ko will try to follow stellar 2014 campaigns with hot 2015 starts when the LPGA season begins Wednesday. The inaugural $1.5 million Coates Championship in suburban Orlando, Florida, marks the opening of a 33-event global calendar offering $61.6 million in prize money. Park, the 2013 Player of the Year, and Ko, whose three wins last year included the season-ending Tour Championship, will be joined by 91 of the world's 100 top-ranked players, including 2014 Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, fellow American stars Michelle Wie -- the reigning US Women's Open champion -- and Lexi Thompson, Norway's Suzann Pettersen and South Korea's Ryu So Yeon.


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  • New England Patriots owner defends Brady, Belichick

    Monday, 10:27 PM

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks off stage after speaking during the New England Patriots Media Availability on January 26, 2015 in ChandlerNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft defiantly defended his team, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday as they opened Super Bowl week amid the football deflating controversy. Kraft said that if the NFL's investigation into the affair clears the Patriots of wrongdoing, the league will owe the team, and in particular Brady and Belichick, an apology.


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  • NBA's Thunder roll over struggling Timberwolves

    Monday, 10:20 PM

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook during a game at Amway Center on January 18, 2015Russell Westbrook drove the lane for some huge field goals and Reggie Jackson nailed key second half free throws as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84. The Thunder cruised to the victory Monday despite missing superstar forward Kevin Durant, who sat out with a sprained toe. Durant injured his left big toe in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NBA contest against Cleveland. Westbrook tallied 18 points and five assists and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Thunder won for the fourth time in their last six contests.


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  • U.S. oil well shut-ins start as crude rout batters small producers

    Monday, 10:05 PM

    A pump jack is seen at sunrise near BakersfieldCollapsing crude prices are confronting scores of smaller U.S. oil producers with the grim choice of either shutting older high-cost wells or burning through cash in the hope of riding out the downturn. As oil prices fell by more than half over the last six months from more than $100 per barrel, the U.S. oil industry responded by slowing its blistering growth and dialing back expansion plans. Now, with U.S. crude around $46 a barrel, operators are already closing some small old wells, known as strippers, and tens of thousands of similar wells are on the verge of losing money.


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  • Snapchat to ramp up ads Tuesday, with launch of video feature -- reports

    Monday, 9:44 PM

    Snapchat to ramp up ads Tuesday, with launch of video feature -- reportsThe popular messaging app, known for missives that vaporize after a set time, will begin serving its users multimedia content from CNN and others, according to reports.>


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  • Asia shares inch ahead, euro steady as Fed meets

    Monday, 9:21 PM

    An employee of a foreign exchange trading company stands in front of a monitor, showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the exchange rates between the Japanese yen against the euro, in TokyoThe main European indices were expected to open higher, though foul weather in the United States will curb activity on Wall Street. The Federal Reserve also starts its first policy meeting of the year, in what is a busy week for earnings. Japan's Nikkei gained 1.4 percent, while Australia's main index added 0.8 percent.


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  • Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

    Monday, 10:52 PM

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).... read more

  • Post-Ebola plan needed to avert "double disaster" in West Africa - Oxfam: TRFN

    Monday, 10:37 PM

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The three West African countries worst hit by Ebola risk a "double disaster" unless a multi-million dollar plan is put in place to help their economies recover, Oxfam said on Tuesday. In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone people were struggling to make ends meet having seen their incomes plummet, the aid agency said. "The world was late in waking up to the Ebola crisis, there can be no excuses for not helping to put these economies and lives back together," Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive, said during a visit to Liberia.... read more

  • Obama to propose sharp increase in antibiotic funding

    Monday, 9:35 PM

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in LawrenceU.S. President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request will propose nearly doubling federal funding to some $1.2 billion for the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the White House said on Tuesday. The budget, which the administration is set to release next Monday, will include an almost $1 billion proposed investment in Department of Health and Human Services research to combat antibiotic resistance. In addition, funding would increase at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to $85 million and $75 million, respectively, to address issues tied to antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings, the White House said in a statement. Calling antibiotic resistance one of the world's most pressing public health issues, the administration cited estimates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused each year by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States alone.


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