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Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes

Reuters - ‎17 minutes ago‎
AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset.
Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap
Islamic State hostages: Families appeal for release
Wall Street Journal
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UPDATE 5-Islamic State's Egypt wing claims attacks that killed 27-official Twitter

Reuters - ‎4 minutes ago‎
... * Islamic State Egypt wing claims Thursday's attacks-Twitter. * Bomb attack on military in al-Arish kills at least 25. * Tensions high after protests commemorating 2011 uprising (Adds Islamic State claim of responsibility).
Islamist Attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Kill at Least 20
Sources: At least 26 killed in North Sinai attack
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Car bomb, rockets kill 25 in Egypt's Sinai - Cairo (AFP) - Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday killing at least 25 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt's North Sinai province, where security forces are battling a raging Islamist insurgency. Jihadists have regularly attacked security forces in the Sinai Peninsula since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by then army chief and now President Abdel Fatta...
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Russian ambassador summoned to explain bombers over the Channel

The Guardian - ‎53 minutes ago‎
The Foreign Office summoned Moscow's ambassador to London this afternoon to complain about a flight by two Russian bombers over the Channel, which Britain says posed a potential danger to civilian flights.
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Fortitude: "A riveting and supremely accomplished piece of television"

Digital Spy UK - ‎19 minutes ago‎
Fortitude is an icy new thriller from the pen of Simon Donald (Low Winter Sun), and with it, comes a sense that Sky Atlantic's original programming has made a huge leap forward.
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Mh370: China remains committed

The Star Online - ‎44 minutes ago‎
BEIJING: The Chinese government has promised to continue working closely with Malaysia and Australia, and actively take part in the search and investigation efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 following the Department of Civil Aviation's ...
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Afghan 'Insider Attack' Kills 3 US Contractors

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎4 hours ago‎
An Afghan soldier has reportedly killed three U.S. contractors and wounded a fourth at Kabul's military airport. An Afghan air force official said on January 29 it is unclear what the soldier's motive was for the killings.
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Shell Shaves $15B Off Three-Year Spending Plans

Forbes - ‎1 hour ago‎
The oil market slump has forced Royal Dutch Shell Royal Dutch Shell to cut investment by £9.9 billion ($15 billion) over the next three years.
Shell's Defense Sounds Retreat for Big Oil
Shell slashes $15bn off spending in one of biggest cost cuts in corporate history
Democracy Now!
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In headlines today, we report that a new academic study has concluded foreign governments are 100 times more likely to intervene in civil wars if the troubled state is an oil-rich nation. Petros Sekeris of the University of Portsmouth said his research shows “clear evidence that countries with potential for oil production are more likely to be targeted by foreign intervention if civil wars erupt.”  In related news, Royal Dutch Shell has signed a...
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UK housing starts indicator highest since 2007 - NHBC

Reuters UK - ‎12 minutes ago‎
An apartment block is constructed behind a row of traditional properties in central London December 11, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor.
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UK retailers beat January sales expectations – CBI

The Guardian - ‎8 hours ago‎
Britain's retailers enjoyed healthy post-Christmas sales, according to a survey of the high street in January. A sharp fall in the cost of petrol, which has dramatically improved disposable incomes, was credited with maintaining spending levels after the ...
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Big Six energy groups report 'record profits'

The Times (subscription) - ‎1 hour ago‎
Profit margins for Britain's big six energy groups are forecast to rise to record levels this year after wholesale prices tumbled.
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UPDATE 2-Amazon sales rise in holiday quarter, shares jump

Reuters - ‎4 minutes ago‎
(Adds executive and analyst comment, details on forex impact). By Deepa Seetharaman. SAN FRANCISCO Jan 29 (Reuters) - Inc reported stronger than expected earnings on Thursday as North American sales surged during the crucial holiday ...
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Amazon to Break Out Web Services as Separate Category This Year

Bloomberg - ‎1 hour ago‎
(Bloomberg) -- Inc. is getting ready to break out the results of its cloud-computing division. When the online retailer next reports quarterly earnings, the company plans to make its Amazon Web Services a separate category in its financial ...
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Tom Petty says no hard feelings on Sam Smith song

Daily Mail - ‎3 hours ago‎
Rocker Tom Petty says he never threatened to sue Sam Smith over his smash hit "Stay With Me" and agreed that similarities to his own "I Won't Back Down" were coincidence.
Sam Smith on Adele Comparisons and Giving His Grammy to Beyoncé
Tom Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith over Stay With Me song
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"These things can happen," says Tom Petty about similarities between singer Sam Smith's Grammy-nominated hit Stay With Me and Petty's 1989 song I Won't Back Down. The U.S. rocker called it a musical accident and was given songwriting credits on Smith's track.
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Jessie J live at Brixton Academy reviewed: 'An attempt to reconnect'

Digital Spy UK - ‎10 hours ago‎
"I'm a do it like it ain't been done," Jessie J belts as she slowly strolls on stage at Brixton Academy. It's a bold statement to make considering the current climate of female stars dominating the industry.
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African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Footage

Full-Time Whistle - ‎2 hours ago‎
Scientists captured the first video footage in existence of the elusive African golden cat recently, one of the least known and most mysterious cats in the world.
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Forget Saturn, astronomers find lord of the rings

Times LIVE - ‎1 hour ago‎
The rings begin at a distance of about 30 million kilometres from the planet and stretch out to a distance of 90 million kilometres.
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Disney Measles Outbreak Came From Overseas, CDC Says - ‎11 minutes ago‎
An outbreak of measles that started in California's Disneyland probably came from overseas, carried either by a foreign tourist or by an American coming back with the virus, a top federal health official said Thursday.
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Lack of medically trained staff leaves NHS 111 phone service struggling to cope ...

The Independent - ‎29 minutes ago‎
The NHS 111 phone service is struggling to cope because of a shortage of medically trained staff, an insider has claimed. The call handler told ITV News that she often sends ambulances to people who she knows do not need them because she is told to do ...
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