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French government faces criticism of security after church attack

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France France's Socialist government fended off criticism of its security record on Wednesday in the wake of revelations that one of the assailants who slit the throat of a priest at a church altar was a known would-be jihadist under police surveillance. | Video

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Truck bomb blast kills dozens in northeast Syria city: monitors, state TV

BEIRUT A large truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State killed nearly 50 people and wounded scores more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, a monitoring group and state television reported.

Syria 1:44pm EDT

Fighters battling Islamic State gather trove of documents

WASHINGTON U.S.-backed forces fighting to drive Islamic State out of northern Syria have gathered a massive trove of documents and data belonging to the militant group, potentially shedding more light on its operations, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

Syria 12:25pm EDT

Conspiracy theories flourish after Turkey's failed coup

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey's failed coup was financed by the CIA and directed by a retired U.S. army general using a cell in Afghanistan, said one Turkish pro-government newspaper. CIA agents used an island hotel off Istanbul as a nerve center for the plot, said another.

Suitcase explosion in Germany probably caused by aerosol can: police

BERLIN A suitcase exploded near a reception center for migrants in southern Germany, on Wednesday, but the blast may have been caused by an aerosol can inside it, and there was no evidence of explosives being involved, police said.

12:33pm EDT

Pope says Europe attacks show 'world at war', religion not to blame

KRAKOW, Poland Pope Francis, starting a trip to Poland overshadowed by the killing of an elderly priest in France by suspected Islamist militants, said on Wednesday this and a string of other attacks were proof the "world is at war".

Pope, France 2:55pm EDT

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