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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

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

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U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea

TOKYO - The United States would welcome a Japanese extension of air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing China's territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters.

Japan 2:50pm IST

Rebel envoy says travelling to Minsk for talks with Russia, Ukraine, OSCE

KIEV - A representative of pro-Russian rebels said on Friday he was travelling to the Belarussian capital Minsk for talks with envoys from Kiev, Moscow and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a separatist news agency reported.

4:18pm IST

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

CAIRO - 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.

3:50pm IST

Malaysia completes a third of undersea search for MH370

KUALA LUMPUR - The undersea search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has covered almost a third of its target area, Malaysian authorities said on Friday, adding that they were confident the aircraft is in the zone.

Korean Air chief says he scolded daughter over nut rage

SEOUL - Korean Air Lines Chairman Cho Yang-ho said on Friday he had scolded his daughter for expelling a crew member from a flight over the way she was served nuts in first class.

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