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All commercial flights could soon send out signals every minute in times of distress

31 January 2015

MONTREAL: All commercial flights worldwide could soon send out an automated signal every minute in times of distress to help rescuers find downed aircraft more easily.

Japan says hostage negotiations ‘deadlocked’

31 January 2015

TOKYO: Japan’s deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become “deadlocked,” local media reported Saturday.

U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq - defence secretary

31 January 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

Rescue team members walk as they carry the wreckage of a seat of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 airliner at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control - sources

31 January 2015

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS (Reuters) - 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.

‘No Western values in varsities’

31 January 2015

BEIJING: China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “Western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping.

Bernd Lucke, chairman of German anti-euro party "The Alternative fuer Deutschland" (AfD) delivers his speech at an election campaign in Hamburg, January 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Turmoil at congress of Germany party swiping votes from Merkel

31 January 2015

BREMEN, Germany (Reuters) - The congress of a eurosceptic German party that is stealing votes from Angela Merkel's conservatives got off to a turbulent start on Friday, with delegates in the Alternative for Germany (AfD) squabbling over the agenda and debate rules.

Exclusive - U.N. support for Congo campaign against Rwanda rebels in doubt over abuses

31 January 2015

UNITED NATIONS/KINSHASA (Reuters) - United Nations support for a planned military operation against Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could be in doubt because Congo named a general accused of rights abuses to head the offensive, diplomats and officials said on Friday.

A crew member works to clear debris the day after a deadly gas truck explosion ripped through a maternity hospital in Mexico City, January 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Mexico tests DNA of babies who survived blast in search for parents

31 January 2015

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Plunged into chaos just hours after entering this world, nine babies found alive after a gas blast in a Mexican maternity hospital underwent DNA tests on Friday in a bid to reunite them with their parents.

Islamic State chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq - U.S.

31 January 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meetings in San Diego, California January 16, 2015.             REUTERS/Mike Blake

Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president

31 January 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

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