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Islamic State video claims to show beheading of U.S. journalist

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants posted a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the insurgents in Iraq. | Video

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Pakistan cleric's supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs escape

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance. | Video

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Target cuts full-year profit forecast

- Target Corp reported a 62 percent drop in second-quarter profit and cut its full-year earnings forecast as it resorts to price cuts to attract cash-strapped consumers and win over shoppers unnerved by a massive holiday-season data breach.

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Exclusive: Brazil's PSDB party would support Silva in runoff

SAO PAULO - The Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), the country's biggest opposition group, would formally support environmentalist Marina Silva in a runoff vote for the presidency if its own candidate fails to qualify, a party source told Reuters.

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Chinese police arrest three for deadly auto parts factory blast

BEIJING - Chinese police have arrested three people in connection with an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people in China's worst industrial accident in a year, state media said on Wednesday.

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Father of Texas 'affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating police officer

DALLAS - The father of the Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk and claimed his family's wealth was partially to blame has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, legal documents showed.

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Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government: foreign minister

BAGHDAD - Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration, Iraq's outgoing foreign minister said on Wednesday.