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Six migrants drown off Morocco near Spanish enclave - state media

RABAT - At least six people drowned off Morocco after a boat carrying them sank close to a Spanish enclave that is a regular destination for migrants early on Friday, state media reported.

7:05pm IST

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

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AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan were working closely 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, Top News, Japan 4:17pm IST

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months -official Twitter

CAIRO - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly in the past week.

World, Top News 2:34pm IST

Man who forced his way into Dutch TV station had no terrorist links - police

AMSTERDAM - A man who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organisations and had acted alone, police said Friday.

5:00pm IST

Attacker opens fire at Istanbul police post, no casualties - Turkish TV

ISTANBUL - A woman armed with a machinegun opened fire on a police post in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Friday but initial reports suggested there were no casualties, Turkey's NTV television reported.

6:42pm IST

Jordanian army "working round the clock" for info on captured pilot

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AMMAN - Jordan's army said on Friday state agencies were working to get information on an air force pilot held by Islamic State militants, after a deadline passed for a proposed prisoner swap, but offered no new word on his fate.

5:17pm IST

South Africa's 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer freed on parole

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PRETORIA - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

5:28pm IST

Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

BEIRUT - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighbouring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.

World, Syria 6:42pm IST

Blast at Pakistan Shi'ite mosque kills 29 as sectarian violence grows

ISLAMABAD - At least 29 people were killed, and more than 50 wounded, in an explosion that ripped through a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan on Friday, underscoring a growing tide of sectarian violence in the South Asian nation.

World, South Asia 7:06pm IST

Egypt's Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after 30 killed in Sinai

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CAIRO/ISMAILIA - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula.

4:44pm IST