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U.S. stocks moved lower in late-afternoon trading Friday as investors weighed the consequences of a slowdown in U.S. economic growth and the impact of a strengthening dollar on corporate earnings. Oil prices surged.

The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.

Venezuela's military confirmed that it shot down over the Caribbean Sea a small civilian plane believed to be carrying drugs.

The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power.

Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election.

The gunman who killed three American contractors at the Kabul airport was in an Afghan uniform and was subsequently killed, a U.S. military spokesman said.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi, a former army chief, cut short a trip to Ethiopia to return to Cairo Friday, as state television broadcast the arrival of the bodies of slain soldiers in coffins draped with Egyptian flags.

Time is running out to gain legal status for tens of thousands of people born to migrants in the Dominican Republic.

Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to encourage terrorism against Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday in response to two recent attacks.

It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength.

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