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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 on its insurgents in Iraq. | Video

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Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors

IWAKI Japan - A group of Fukushima workers on Wednesday sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility and its reliance on contractors to shut down a nuclear plant destroyed by the industry's worst accident since Chernobyl.

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.

Spain 8:00pm EDT

Canada, China quietly hold top-level meeting on strained ties

OTTAWA - Senior officials from Canada and China met quietly in Ottawa last week to discuss relations that have deteriorated so badly that they could threaten Prime Minister Stephen Harper's planned visit to China in November.

China 4:58pm EDT

U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

WASHINGTON/NIAMEY - The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. military and Defense Department officials said.

Mali 3:47pm EDT

Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters.

Japan 3:22pm EDT

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