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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

DUBAI - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq. | Video

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Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation’s economic decline.

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Syrian forces escalate assault on rebel-held Damascus district

BEIRUT - Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups. | Video

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Crew of doomed South Korea ferry drank beer while awaiting rescue: media

SEOUL - Some crew of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years drank beer while waiting for rescue, one of them told a court, in an admission likely to fuel anger at their conduct during the final moments of the mishap.

South Korea 02 Sep 2014

Macau poll reveals democracy urges amid Hong Kong row with China

HONG KONG Sep 3 - An unofficial referendum on democracy in the southern Chinese gambling hub of Macau showed 89 percent of nearly 9,000 people who took part don't trust their leader, who was re-elected on Sunday as the sole candidate.

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Judge orders immediate release from Spanish jail of ill British boy's parents

MADRID - A Spanish judge has ordered the immediate release from custody of two British parents detained in Madrid for taking their seriously ill child out of hospital, a court source said on Tuesday, speeding a reunion with their five-year-old son.

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