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Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.

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Moscow courts back closure of three McDonald's branches

MOSCOW - Russian courts on Wednesday backed the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow for breaches of sanitary rules, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine, while the state food safety watchdog suspended work at a fourth.

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Libya warns United Nations of possible slide into civil war

UNITED NATIONS - Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

BRASILIA - Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule.

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Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister

PRAGUE - The German government will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State militants in the north of the country, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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US flies home staffer who had 'low-risk' contact with Ebola: CDC

CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola.

U.S. moves prisoners from Afghan prison to Pakistan, Yemen

WASHINGTON - The United States has moved additional prisoners out of a small military prison in Afghanistan, bringing the number of people remaining at the U.S. detention center near the Afghan capital to under 30, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.