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In this Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, left, answers to a reporter's question in Amman, Jordan. Nakayama expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITAn online message also demands the release of Sajida al-Rishawi.


2015-01-27 08:39:15 -0700

Libyan security forces and emergency services surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel on January 27, 2015Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people including five foreigners before blowing themselves up. After setting off a car bomb outside the luxury Corinthia Hotel in Libya's capital, three armed militants rushed inside and opened fire, Issam al-Naass, a spokesman for the security services, told AFP. They made it to the 24th floor of the hotel, which is a major hub for diplomatic and government activity in Tripoli, before being surrounded by security forces and blowing themselves up, he said. The hotel's 24th floor is normally used by Qatar's mission to Libya but no diplomats or officials were present during the assault, a security source said.


2015-01-27 08:39:09 -0700

NYC 2015 BlizzardDay Two of a monster snowstorm has major East Coast cities largely shut down.


2015-01-27 03:52:34 -0700