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France opens Iraq conference urging 'global' fight on jihadists

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.

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Obama to detail plans on Ebola offensive on Tuesday: WSJ

- U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

WASHINGTON/LONDON - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

Australia 4:50am EDT

Peru's Humala abruptly replaces his finance minister with key adviser

LIMA - Peru's President Ollanta Humala replaced his influential finance minister with the ministry's chief adviser late on Sunday in a surprise shake-up that comes amid the worst economic slowdown in five years.

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Islamic militant's death sparks eulogies in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - The death of a Malaysian Islamist in Syria has sparked an outpouring of eulogies on social media, including from his former political party, underlining sympathy for the militants' cause that is creating a security headache for the government.

Syria 4:49am EDT

Australia probes 'threats' against hospitals days after stepping up terror alert

SYDNEY - Australian police were investigating "threats" on Monday against four hospitals in the city of Sydney amid reports of at least one being partially evacuated over a bomb threat, just days after the country raised its terror alert level to "high".

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