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World 07 Feb 2015 | 3:30 PM

Family of U.S. hostage of Islamic State says hopeful she is still alive

(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.

World 06 Feb 2015 | 10:15 PM

Syria's Kurds celebrate after winning Kobani, but self-rule far off

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.

World 06 Feb 2015 | 3:45 AM

U.N. envoy optimistic Somali parliament will approve new cabinet

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.

World 05 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM

Islamic State executes three of its Chinese militants - China paper

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.

Community 05 Feb 2015 | 12:00 AM

Reaching out to refugees

SENIOR management and staff of Berjaya Corporation Bhd recently visited two organisations that help Chin refugees.

World 04 Feb 2015 | 11:36 PM

Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory

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.

World 04 Feb 2015 | 10:05 PM

EU chides Jordan for hangings after pilot killed

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union combined a statement of solidarity with Jordan over the killing of one of its military pilots by Islamist fighters with criticism of its immediate execution of two Iraqi jihadists.

World 04 Feb 2015 | 8:20 PM

Dramatic surge in Kosovars crossing illegally into EU

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.

World 04 Feb 2015 | 1:25 PM

Japanese PM condemns 'outrageous' killing of Jordanian pilot

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.

World 04 Feb 2015 | 4:50 AM

U.S. plans to boost aid to Jordan to $1 billion per year

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.