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Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on IS

Jordan bombs ISISJordanian warplanes bombed Islamic State targets on Thursday, state TV said, after the country's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the militants who control large areas of neighboring Syria and Iraq.

The military confirmed the airstrikes, but did not provide details. Jordan TV, quoting military officials, reported that the strikes targeted Islamic State positions, but did not say in which country.

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ISIS Selling, Crucifying Children

ISIS attacks childrenIslamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

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Crashed Taiwan plane hoisted from river; 25 confirmed dead

Taiwan plane crashRescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 18 people missing in a crash that killed at least 25 others.

Flight 235 with 58 people aboard — most of them travelers from China — banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.

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Jordan executes Qaeda prisoners, vows to avenge ISIL killing of pilot

Jordan executes prisonersThe father of a Jordanian fighter pilot burned to death by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has demanded further revenge against the group, as Jordan’s vow of an “earth-shattering” response to the ISIL killing began with the execution of two Al-Qaeda-linked prisoners Wednesday.

Would-be Iraqi suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and Al-Qaeda member Ziad al-Karbouli were hanged at dawn — a day after gruesome footage of the burning death of ISIL captive Moaz al-Kassasbeh emerged.

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Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine President Found at Dead Prosecutor’s Home

Argentinian presidentAlberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said on Tuesday.

The 26-page document, which was found in the garbage at Mr. Nisman’s apartment, also requested the arrest of Héctor Timerman, Argentina’s foreign minister. Both Mrs. Kirchner and Mr. Timerman have repeatedly denied Mr. Nisman’s accusation that they tried to reach a secret deal with Iran to lift international arrest warrants for Iranian officials wanted in connection with the bombing.

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Snowden addresses Toronto high school audience

SnowdenFugitive Edward Snowden, speaking via the Internet to a high school conference in Canada, urged caution over proposed anti-terrorism laws.

"We saw on Friday the Prime Minister of Canada proposed a new law," Snowden, speaking from Russia, told the audience of about 1,000 high school students gathered at Upper Canada College, a private K-12 school in Toronto. He urged them to "be very careful" when governments attempt to set up new powers.

"Once we let these powers get rolling, it's very difficult to stop that pull through," Snowden said. The new legislation would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service power to disrupt suspected terrorists' bank accounts and travel plans to prevent a terrorist attack.

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IS video shows Jordan pilot burned to death

Jordanian pilot killed by ISISA video released online Tuesday purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria last month being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange.

The video appeared aimed at testing Jordan's continuing participation in the U.S.-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group. Jordan's king, a close Western ally, has portrayed the campaign against the extremists as a battle over values, but the airstrikes against fellow Muslims are not popular in Jordan.

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