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U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

WASHINGTON - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.

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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

Politics, 10:47am EDT

Russian lawmakers propose cutting foreign ownership in media

MOSCOW - Russian lawmakers proposed cutting foreign ownership in Russian media assets to 20 percent in an attempt to limit outside influences and protect Russia's "information sovereignty", a copy of a draft law showed on Wednesday.

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France drops case against Iranian dissidents after 11-year probe

PARIS - Prosecuting judges in Paris on Wednesday dropped all charges of money laundering and fraud against nine people close to an exiled Iranian opposition group more than 10 years after they were arrested on terrorism charges.

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France's Hollande heads for showdown over job deregulation drive

PARIS - Thousands of French "notaires" held what they said were their first-ever street protests in Paris and Marseille on Wednesday to challenge plans by President Francois Hollande to deregulate their activities.

France 11:09am EDT

Exclusive: Syria reveals more chemical weapons facilities to watchdog - sources

THE HAGUE - Syria has revealed a previously undeclared research and development facility and a laboratory to produce the poison ricin to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources told Reuters.

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