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

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants posted a video that purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes in Iraq, prompting widespread revulsion that could push Western powers into further action against the group. | Video

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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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Libya restarts oil exports from biggest port as fighting rages in Benghazi

BENGHAZI Libya - Libya has restarted oil exports from its biggest port for the first time since the end of a year-long blockade, a boost to the central government which is struggling with a wave of clashes in the capital.

12:29pm EDT

Juppe joins race for French presidency in challenge to Sarkozy

PARIS - Former prime minister Alain Juppe joined the race to be the presidential candidate of France's centre-right on Wednesday, posing a potential challenge both to a 2017 comeback bid by Nicolas Sarkozy and to the rise of the extreme right.

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Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 36

HIROSHIMA - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said. | Video

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Erdogan allies likely to dominate Turkey's new cabinet

ANKARA - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan looks set to maintain his influence on daily politics after being sworn in next week, with close allies likely to take on cabinet posts in a new government and his economic team expected to remain largely intact.

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