Top International Stories to Watch Today: ISIS, Libya & Venezuela

1) ISIS released a new video of Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, late yesterday. The audio is reportedly spoken by Goto, in English. Goto says that Islamic State will execute him and Muadh al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot, unless Jordan releases the terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi in the next 24 hours. A campaign for Goto, to raise awareness and show solidarity against terrorism, is happening on social media with the hashtag #IAmKenji.

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Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Yemen & Argentina

1) Kurds fighting in Syria have retaken the strategic town of Kobani from ISIS. Syrian President Bashar Assad told U.S. journalists he would be willing to cooperate with any country trying to defeat the Islamic State, including the U.S (a change in his previous position). Meanwhile, non-essential opposition members have met with the Syrian government at Moscow-arranged peace talks. Expectations for this meeting are not high since few key figures of the opposition movement have agreed to attend.

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Top International Stories to Watch Today: Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Mali

1) Ukraine has experienced a shift in its internal conflict in the past month. Dozens of small bombings have happened across the country, with 6 in Odesa during December. Most have threatened pro-Kyiv organizations. In eastern Ukraine, shelling of military outposts are on the rise. Today, Kyiv says their positions were targeted more than 50 times.

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