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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, a passerby is silhouetted against a large TV screen broadcasting a news program in Tokyo reporting on a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, that purports to show a still photo of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through digitized, audio dispatches featuring either still photos or text. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)Experts say there is a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.


2015-01-31 01:30:06 -0700

Media wait on January 31, 2015 outside the presidential residence in Minsk during talks aimed at ending the fighting in eastern UkrainePeace talks to thrash out a truce agreement between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine ended without a deal Saturday, Kiev's representative at the talks in Minsk said. Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma told Interfax Ukraine news agency the talks had been "thwarted" after top rebel leaders stayed away and their negotiators refused to discuss a plan for an immediate ceasefire. The negotiator for the rebel Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, however, blamed Kiev for causing the collapse of the talks and said insurgent leaders would only sign a deal if Kiev's forces halt fire first, Russian news wires reported.


2015-01-31 11:56:58 -0700

People hold a poster reading "Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie)" during a rally in Paris on January 11, 2015 in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown IslamistsThe cartoonists and writers for Charlie Hebdo need a break to deal with their recent grief and fatigue, according to spokeswomen for the publication.


2015-01-31 09:30:09 -0700