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Jordan Still Attempting to Free Pilot Captured by ISIS


AndreaAstes/iStock/Thinkstock(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Officials in Jordan said on Sunday they will continue to try to free one of their pilots captured by ISIS.

The extremist group says it wants to exchange the pilot for a woman imprisoned in Jordan on charges relating to a 2005 bombing.

Leaders in Jordan say they are willing to release the woman in exchange for pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was shot down over Syria last month.

The woman in Jordanian custody, Sajida al-Rishawi, was convicted of being a member of al Qaeda involved in a triple bombing that killed numerous people.

Al-Rishawi was facing the death penalty until ISIS offered to trade her for the Jordanian pilot.

There are concerns however about the fate of al-Kassasbeh following the recent deaths of two Japanese nationals killed by ISIS militants.

Jordanian officials say they cannot free the female bomber unless they know for certain their pilot is alive.

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Australian al-Jazeera Reporter Freed, Deported from Egypt


KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Jailed al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste was released and deported from Egypt after more than a year of imprisonment, Egypt's Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Greste left Cairo with his brother on a flight bound for Cyprus, airport authorities told ABC News. They are expected to continue on to Australia.

“We’re ecstatic that Peter has been released and we now ask if the world could respect his privacy, to give him time to appreciate his freedom before he faces the media," read a statement from Greste's brother Andrew.

“We’re pleased for Peter and his family that they are to be reunited," Mostefa Souag, acting director general of al-Jazeera, said in a statement. "It has been an incredible and unjustifiable ordeal for them, and they have coped with incredible dignity. Peter’s integrity is not just intact, but has been further enhanced by the fortitude and sacrifice he has shown for his profession of informing the public."

The Australian national was jailed for exactly 400 days after being arrested on Dec. 29, 2013. Two other al-Jazeera employees - Mohamed Fahmy, a dual-Canadian citizen, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian cameraman - remain behind bars in Egypt.

The Interior Ministry did not provide additional details on reports that Fahmy's release will follow Greste’s.

All three have consistently denied charges they faced, which included spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood, and maintain they were working as journalists.

“We will not rest until Baher and Mohamed also regain their freedom," Souag said. "The Egyptian authorities have it in their power to finish this properly today, and that is exactly what they must do.”

Greste and Fahmy were handed seven-year sentences, while Mohamed received an additional three years for a bullet found in his possession, which he had picked up at a protest site, according to al-Jazeera.

On Jan. 1, 2015, Egypt's Court of Cassation accepted a retrial, but the three journalists did not appear at the hearing and were not granted bail.

The imprisonment has provoked criticism from press freedom advocates around the world and sparked the successful online campaign #FreeAJStaff.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has helped lead the charge to free the journalists and repeatedly called on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to free all three immediately. According to CPJ, more than 65 journalists have been detained since former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July of 2013.

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Praetorian Standard Contractors Identified as Three Americans Killed in Kabul


mustafabilgesatkin/iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Americans killed in a shooting at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, were three contractors working for Praetorian Standard, the company said on Saturday.

The three employees, all aircraft mechanics, were killed "while supporting the efforts of the U.S. Government," Praetorian Standard said.

They were identified as Walter Fisher of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Jason Landphair of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Mathew Fineran of Summerville, South Carolina.

"These brave men died protecting their fellow Americans," Praetorian Standard Executive Director Richard Davis said in a statement. "They are heroes, and we are deeply saddened by their tragic deaths."

Another man, Bradley James of Atlanta, Georgia, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Praetorian Standard reported.

The shooter was wearing the uniform of an Afghan national policeman, but it was unclear whether he was actually a member of the Afghan security forces, a U.S. official said.

The shootings were on the civilian side of the airport, the official said.

The incident is under investigation, the official said. It is also unclear whether the Afghan listed as a fatality is someone other than the shooter who was shot dead by the security team at the airport.

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New ISIS Video Purports to Show Beheading of Japanese Reporter


Obtained by ABC News(TOKYO) -- A 66-second ISIS video purports to show the beheading of Japanese reporter Kenji Goto, a gruesome end to a week of failed negotiations.

There was no immediate comment from Japanese or U.S. intelligence officials on Saturday, but the video appears to show the detached head of the 46-year-old reporter who was captured late last year by the terror group while on assignment in Syria.

The video, titled “A Message to the Japanese Government,” begins with Goto on his knees in a river valley. A masked man with a knife in his hand speaks with a British accent, addressing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“Let the nightmare for Japan begin,” the executioner says as he puts a knife to Goto’s neck.

Shortly after the video's release, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he felt "very sorry for this matter," according to Japan's NHK news outlet.

"The government has tried its best to deal with this matter, but we are deeply saddened by this despicable and horrendous act of terrorism and we denounce it in the strongest terms," he said. "To the terrorists, we would never, never forgive them for this act." He said Japan would continue fighting against terrorism.

Prior to Abe's comments, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called it an "atrocious act of terrorism," according to Japan's NHK news agency. Suga said his government is "outraged" by the act.

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said the White House is aware of the video and is "working to confirm its authenticity."

"The United States strongly condemns [ISIS's] actions and we call for the immediate release of all remaining hostages. We stand in solidarity with our ally Japan," spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said.

Before his death, audio messages from Goto were published online by ISIS last week, relaying ISIS's offer to free Goto, but only if Jordan released a convicted female al Qaeda member, Sajida al-Rishawi, from death row. If the Jordanians did not release al-Rishawi, ISIS said through Goto, then Goto and a Jordanian pilot also held captive by the terror group would be killed. The Jordanian government publicly said they would release al-Rishawi, but only in return for the pilot.

Al-Rishawi has been in prison for a decade for her role in an al Qaeda bombing attack in Jordan in 2005 that killed dozens, including many at a wedding party.

ISIS set a hard deadline for al-Rishawi's release for sunset on Thursday, but the Jordanians didn't budge, saying ISIS had not provided proof of life their pilot was alive. Amid the tense negotiations, top Japanese officials had said they were working closely with Jordan to find a way to gain freedom for their citizen.

The status of the Jordanian pilot is unclear, but Goto now joins a number of Western civilians, and scores of locals who were murdered by the terror group.


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US Carries Out Six Additional Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq


Andrey Moisseyev/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military and coalition forces continue their campaign against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conducting strikes against six targets in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

Two of the strikes took place near Kobani, Syria, where two ISIS fighting and staging positions were destroyed, including an ISIS vehicle, according to CENTCOM.

In Iraq, one strike took place near the town of Al Asad, where an ISIS firing position was targeted.

Three strikes near Tal Afar struck two ISIS fighting positions, and destroyed an ISIS building, bunker, and shipping container. The six strikes took place on Thursday and Friday, according to CENTCOM.

All the aircraft involved in the operations managed to exit the areas safely.

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Egyptian President Blames Muslim Brotherhood for Attacks


Kostyantin Pankin/iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday for a deadly attack of Egyptian soldiers earlier this week.

The statements came two days after the deadly attack in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, which killed 31 soldiers. The president cut short a visit to an African Union summit to return to Egypt after the attack.

"This battle will be difficult, strong, evil and will take a long time," he said in comments broadcast on state TV, the BBC reports.

An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

It is the second major deadly attack in the last six months in the region, as insurgents continue to target police and military personnel.

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Two Eagles Balloon Lands Off Mexican Coast


Popartic/iStock/Thinkstock(BAJA, Mexico) -- The pilots behind the Two Eagles Balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean landed off the Baja peninsula in Mexico a day after surpassing the distance record for gas balloons.

Recovery teams were en route to American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev on Saturday morning, said officials with Two Eagles Balloon. They landed about four miles off the coast.

 

#TwoEagles has LANDED SAFELY just off the coast of Baja Mexico. Full details being released momentarily.

— Troy Bradley (@TwoEaglesTeam) January 31, 2015



Their trip - which began in Japan - lasted 160 hours, and 37 minutes, besting the absolute world record for time aloft for gas balloons of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds. They traveled a total of 6,646 miles, better than the previous record of 5,209 miles.

Earlier in the flight, Bradley told Mission Control he was "not nervous at all about the mission," according to the Two Eagles Balloon team.

Although the two pilots surpassed the mark for duration of gas balloons, the record has not been officially broken. This will determined by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and FAI after a long process of documentation and review that can take up to several weeks, or even months. 

 

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Top ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert Killed in Coalition Airstrike


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Central Command said on Friday that a coalition airstrike near Mosul, Iraq last Saturday killed a top chemical weapons engineer for ISIS.

Centcom said Abu Malik was killed in an airstrike on Jan. 24 near Mosul.

Malik used to work at the chemical weapons facility that Saddam Hussein had at Muthanna, Iraq before joining Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2006, and then later joining ISIS.

Malik used his expertise to “pursue a chemical weapons capability” for ISIS, according to Centcom.  

His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the ability of ISIS to potentially produce and use chemical weapons.

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Gunman Opens Fire on Two Americans in Saudi Arabia


Getty Images(ALMOBARAZ, Saudi Arabia) -- Police in Saudi Arabia say two Americans were shot at while driving in the Kingdom’s eastern provinces.

The incident happened on Friday in the city of Almobaraz in the province of Ahsa, according to a report by the official Saudi Press Agency.

One of the Americans was injured in the shooting and taken to a hospital, where he is in stable condition.

In a statement through the Saudi Press Agency, police say they are hunting the attacker.

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Iraqi Oil Production Still Climbing, Despite ISIS Offensive


iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Even as the fight against ISIS continues in Iraq, the ongoing violence appears to have barely made a dent in the country’s oil production.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report on Friday that Iraq produced an additional 300,000 barrels per day in 2014 over the previous year.

“Iraq’s crude oil production grew by 950,000 barrels per day over the past five years, increasing from almost 2.4 million bbl/d in 2010 to almost 3.4 million bbl/d in 2014,” according to the U.S. EIA.

Frequent attacks have caused significant damage to production in the north and central regions, but the agency says that increased output at oil fields in southern Iraq and Kurdistan region has helped to offset the loss.

The gains are significant enough that processing and export facilities in Iraq are still hitting bottlenecks, according to the agency.

Iraq has the fifth largest proved crude oil reserves in the world, and it is the second-largest crude oil producer in OPEC.

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Two Eagles Balloon Pilots Surpass Duration Record


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The pilots behind the Two Eagles Balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean have done it -- surpassing the distance record for gas balloons of 5,209 miles.

The flight bested the absolute world record for time aloft for gas balloons of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds.

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev passed the final milestone on their checklist of world records that had originally been set by Double Eagle II on its transatlantic flight in 1978.

On Thursday, the Two Eagles team tweeted: "The pilots have just surpassed the distance needed to set a new record. 5,261 miles or 8,467km."

Although the two pilots surpassed the mark for duration of gas balloons, the record has not been officially broken. This will determined by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and FAI after a long process of documentation and review that can take up to several weeks, or even months.

At this point in their journey, the final and most important goal for the Two Eagles pilots is to land the balloon safely.

Bradley and Tiukhtyaev are approximately 400 miles west of the Mexican border as they are flying parallel to the west coast of the United States. They are expected to land Saturday on the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

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How a Burned Koala Got Back on His Paws and Back Home


AMWRRO.org(SYDNEY) -- A koala is back on his paws and back in the wild after recovering from burns he suffered in an Australian bush fire earlier this month.

Jeremy, who became a global sensation after images of his treatment circulated online, was released Wednesday night, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The koala was rehabilitated by the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO) after being rescued by a local firefighter.

"Jeremy [is] now released and loving life once again," the AMRRO said on Facebook. "Special thanks to everyone involved...and to the thousands of people who have sent sell wishes, support and strength his way."

The koala was the first of dozens sent to AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic after fires swept the Sampson Flat locality in South Australia, where it's the summer season. He was treated for second-degree partial thickness burns, the AMRRO said on Facebook.

Jeremy was originally a grumpy fellow, nervous around the caretakers, the president of AMWRRO told BBC News.

"He had a big attitude," president Aaron Macado said, adding that Jeremy became easier to handle once he realized his caretakers weren't going to eat him.

During his recovery, there was a misunderstanding that koalas under AMWRRO's care needed mittens, though this wasn't true, according to the group's website.

"[T]hey simply impede the animal’s ability to self-feed, hang onto branches or climb limbs that are in their cages," AMWRRO wrote on the site.

The organization shared the video below of Jeremy using his claws to eat to further clarify why he didn't need mittens.

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'Dragon' Dinosaur Fossil with Massive Neck Discovered in China


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Called the "dragon of Qijiang," for the Chinese city in which the fossil was found, a newly-discovered dinosaur species has a lightweight neck that spans half the length of its 50-foot body.

The dinosaur, a variety of sauropod, is believed to have lived 160 million years ago during the Late Jurassic period, according to paleontologists at the University of Alberta who excavated the fossils. Construction workers first uncovered the fossil in 2006, the researchers noted.

The physical attributes of the dinosaur, especially its long neck, are similar to the traits of mythical dragons, which inspired its name.

"I wonder if the ancient Chinese stumbled upon a skeleton of a long-necked dinosaur like Qijianglong and pictured that mythical creature," Tetsuto Miyashita, a paleontologist who worked on the project, said in a statement.

Carrying around such a long neck was surprisingly easy for the dinosaur, since paleontologists said they believe its vertebrae were filled with air, making it lightweight despite its incredible size.

The findings were published on Wednesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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Security Firm Confirms Employment of Americans Killed at Kabul Airport


Paula Bronstein/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Three American contractors who were shot and killed, and another who was wounded Thursday at North Kabul International Airport in Kabul worked for Praetorian Standard.

The security contracting firm confirmed their employment Friday, but did not name the slain contractors and requested privacy on behalf of their families.

"We can confirm that on January 29, 2015, three employees of Praetorian Standard, Inc. were killed and one was wounded in Afghanistan while supporting the efforts of the US Government. This was a terrible day for the families involved, our company and the United States. We are shocked by the tragic nature of these deaths and offer our deepest condolences to the families of these brave men,” the company said in a statement Friday.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said Thursday that the shooter was wearing the uniform of an Afghan nation policeman, but whether he was actually a member of the Afghan security forces was unclear.

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St. Peter's Basilica to Offer Free Haircuts, Shaves for the Homeless


Getty Images(ROME) -- Along with Catholic mass and words from the pope, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome will also soon be offering haircuts and shaves -- for the homeless, that is.

Starting in mid-February, barbers in Rome will offer their volunteer snipping services for those without permanent shelter every Monday. That's the day in Italy where barbers and hairdressers close shop.

The move comes as the Vatican has almost finished installing showers and toilets for the homeless among the towering colonnades that wrap around St. Peter's Square. A dozen other churches throughout Rome have followed suite after the Vatican announced the move.

The Vatican decided to offer the services to those without permanent shelter when a homeless man told the Vatican priest whose role it is to help the poor that he had a hard time finding a place to wash in Rome.

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