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Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. | Video

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Saudi Arabia jails 23 more men for militancy in security crackdown

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court sentenced 23 men to jail terms of up to 22 years for their role in militant attacks, state media said on Wednesday, part of a security crackdown in which scores of people have been imprisoned over the past week.

Saudi Arabia 4:40pm EDT

Brazil's Silva winning over investors in presidential race

RIO DE JANEIRO - Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike.

Brazil 4:42pm EDT

Saudi princes visit Qatar as Gulf states try to end rift

DUBAI - Three Saudi princes including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal visited Qatar on Wednesday, state media said, amid efforts to repair a rift within the U.S.-allied Gulf Cooperation Council.

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U.S. moves prisoners from Afghan prison to Pakistan, Yemen

WASHINGTON - The United States has moved additional prisoners out of a small military prison in Afghanistan, bringing the number of people remaining at the U.S. detention center near the Afghan capital to under 30, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan 2:03pm EDT

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