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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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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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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.

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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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Indian hunger striker freed after 14 years as suicide charges dropped

NEW DELHI - An Indian human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities walked free on Wednesday from a prison hospital where doctors had force-fed her to keep her alive.

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