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Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday....

Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, causing casualties
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month....

Litvinenko inquiry: Radioactive body posed autopsy hazard
LONDON (AP) -- The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken, a pathologist said Wednesday....

Libyan group loyal to Islamic State claims hotel attack
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans....

Report: Iran says Washington Post writer to face trial soon
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial "soon," the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported Wednesday....

Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists
PARIS (AP) -- A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen....

Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) -- The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew - and hundreds of Syrians as cargo....

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks
BETIN, West Bank (AP) -- The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth....

Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday....

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) -- The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look....

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Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

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Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, causing casualties