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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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EU Commission says France must urgently speed up reforms

PARIS - The European Commission said France's new government must urgently speed up its reform plan, aimed at helping the economy by cutting business taxes at the same time as trimming public spending to bring the deficit to within EU limits.

France 9:58am EDT

Brazil's Rousseff holding lead against Silva surge in election poll

BRASILIA - Environmentalist Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff's lead down to six percentage points in Brazil's presidential election race and would defeat her in a likely second-round runoff, a new opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

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President-elect Erdogan heralds 'new Turkey' in last party speech

ANKARA - In a farewell speech to supporters of his AK Party, Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said its mission to reshape the nation would go on after he left party politics and took office as head of state.

10:31am EDT

Germany steps up fight against far right after neo-Nazi murders

BERLIN - Germany has drafted legislation to help prevent a repeat of a racist murder spree by a neo-Nazi cell in 2011, giving a bigger role to federal prosecutors and allowing courts to focus more on xenophobic motives.

Germany 10:44am EDT

Cameroon says kills 27 Boko Haram militants in border clashes

YAOUNDE - Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of growing cross-border activity by the militants.

Africa 10:21am EDT

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