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(Reuters) - The parents of an American humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State since August 2013 said on Friday they are hopeful she is still alive, after the group said she was killed in a bombing by Jordanian fighter jets.
KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Kurds are celebrating after flushing Islamic State militants out of the town of Kobani, but victory is not yet certain in their campaign to cement hard-won autonomy in northern Syria.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations special envoy to Somalia is optimistic that the country's parliament will approve the prime minister's new cabinet next week, allowing preparations to begin for a new constitution and presidential elections in 2016.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The Islamic State has killed three Chinese militants who joined its ranks in Syria and Iraq and later attempted to flee, a Chinese state-run newspaper said, the latest account of fighters from China embroiled in the Middle East conflict.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces battled Islamic State fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, a day after Kurds said they had taken full control of the northern Syrian town following a four-month battle.
PRISTINA/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc, with 10,000 filing for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he was deeply angry over the "outrageous" killing of a Jordanian pilot, who was apparently burnt to death by Islamic State militants, and repeated Japan's resolve not to give in to terrorism.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday announced plans to increase annual aid to Jordan to $1 billion (0.66 billion pounds) from $660 million to help it pay for the cost of housing refugees from Iraq and Syria and of fighting Islamic State militants.