Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Jan. 28, 2015.
Jordan offers Islamic State hostage exchange
Jordan has offered an exchange with the Islamic State after the group threatened to kill one of its pilots and another hostage. Jordanian authorities have said they will free Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi to save the life of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
[Read more from the BBC]
Lynch grilled on first day of AG confirmation hearing
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was questioned by Republican senators on the first day of her confirmation hearing. She defended the legality President Obama's executive action taken on immigration, but pledged to be independent from politics.
[Read more from the Wall Street Journal]
iPhone sales help Apple smash earnings forecast
Apple smashed expectations in the first fiscal quarter of 2015 as it revealed sales of $74.6 billion and earning net profit of $18 billion, a 38 percent increase on last year. Central to its success was the sale of 74.6 million iPhones in the quarter.
[Read more from Forbes]
More snow coming, New England warned
As residents of the northeast United States dig themselves out of up to three-feet of snow, forecasters have warned that the historic blizzard isn't over yet. More snow is forecast to hit the area on Friday and Monday, along with subzero temperatures.
[Read more from the New York Times]