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Fifteen Islamic State targets hit by U.S., allies since Wednesday: U.S.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military and its allies hit Islamic State forces with 15 air strikes in Iraq and Syria during a three-day period, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.

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Taliban battle Afghan forces at Helmand's Camp Bastion

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Taliban militants have launched an offensive against Afghan forces at Camp Bastion, the huge base in southern Helmand province vacated by the British military a month ago, officials said.

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Three foreign workers kidnapped in Nigeria's delta region

YENAGOA, Nigeria - Three expatriate construction workers were kidnapped on Friday in Nigeria's Bayelsa state in the delta region, a security forces spokesman said.

Africa 1:54pm EST

U.N. watchdog urges Venezuela to investigate torture allegations

CARACAS - The United Nations' torture watchdog on Friday expressed "alarm" at reports of torture and abuse by Venezuelan authorities during months of opposition protests this year and urged the country to fully investigate the incidents.

Cameron tells EU: let us curb migrant welfare, or risk UK leaving

ROCESTER/LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron could campaign for Britain to leave the European Union if it stops him restricting EU migrants' access to his country's welfare system, he hinted on Friday, but said he was confident it wouldn't come to that. | Video

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Dutch lawmakers demand explanation from Turkey over race spat

AMSTERDAM - Opposition lawmakers on Friday demanded that the Dutch government seek clarification from Turkey after Ankara appeared to accuse the Netherlands of racism and Islamophobia against its ethnic Turkish population.

Turkey 12:56pm EST

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