Jordan has demanded proof from the Islamic State group that a captured pilot is still alive before exchanging him for an Iraqi female jihadist.

Israel plays down threat of war

Israeli officials have played down the threat of a new war with Hezbollah after rockets killed two soldiers on the Lebanon border.
There's been a serious outbreak of fighting between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. 
An audio message purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto said a Jordanian air force pilot held by Islamic State militants would be killed unless an Iraqi...
The Islamic State group has issued a new threat to kill a Jordanian pilot, setting a deadline for sunset on Thursday in the Middle East.
Hezbollah will pay the "full price" for a deadly rocket attack from Lebanon, Israel has warned as the UN attempts to defuse the situation.
Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh's father has pleaded with authorities to help save his son from execution by IS militants.
The clock is ticking down on another deadline set by IS militants to execute Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh.
US President Barack Obama has landed in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh for talks with new King Salman following the death of King Abdullah.
Kurdish fighters have driven Islamic State fighters out of the key border town Kobane, in a symbolic victory for those fighting the jihadists.

US closes embassy in Yemen to public

The US embassy in Yemen says it will be closed to the public until further notice because of "ongoing security concerns".
Egyptian police arrested more than 500 people as the country marked the anniversary of its 2011 revolt, the interior minister says.
The Islamic State jihadist group has urged Muslims to carry out new attacks after 17 people were killed in deadly assaults in Paris earlier this month.
A Turkish court has threatened to shut down Facebook if it does not block pages 'insulting' to the Prophet Mohammed.
That the American president is so keen to cut short a trip to India to visit the new Saudi king shows what sway Saudi Arabia still has over US foreign policy.

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