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Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension

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ATHENS - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the programme or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. | Video

Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'

TOKYO - Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said.

World, Japan 10:01am GMT

Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing

KIRKUK, Iraq - Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, security and oil officials said on Saturday.

Iraq, World 9:28am GMT

Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighbouring Belarus was aborted before it began. | Video

12:29am GMT

Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels

KUALA LUMPUR - A deadly clash between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in the south of the country has dealt a temporary setback to peace talks, Manila's chief peace negotiator said on Saturday, appealing for renewed efforts to keep the process on track.

7:48am GMT

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

World, Middle East, Japan 30 Jan 2015

Britain marks 50 years since wartime leader Churchill's funeral

LONDON - Britain marked 50 years on Friday since the state funeral of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with the boat which carried his coffin under the dipping dockside cranes in 1965 retracing its journey along London's River Thames. | Video

3:18am GMT

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control - sources

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

4:36am GMT

Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president

WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

30 Jan 2015

Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. | Video

World, Iraq, Middle East 12:50am GMT
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