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Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

BAGHDAD - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

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Minds focused by IS, Saudis and Iranians think about making up

DUBAI - For decades the opposing poles of Middle East power politics, Saudi Arabia and Iran may be driven to set aside at least some of their differences by the rise of a mutual enemy: Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia, Davos 8:27am EDT

Thousands of Hong Kong students 'grasp destiny' in demand for democracy

HONG KONG - Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong on Monday to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, underscoring a restive younger generation's determination to challenge the Chinese Communist Party. | Video

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Accidental blast at Libya army base kills 11 - source

BENGHAZI Libya - At least 11 people were killed by an accidental blast at a Libyan military base in the eastern city of Al Bayda, a security source said on Monday.

Libya 10:28am EDT

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as U.S. 'sham'

KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban militants on Monday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and they vowed to press on with their war. | Video

Afghanistan 6:33am EDT

India's Modi to observe strict fast during maiden trip to U.S

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his maiden trip to the United States, aides said on Monday, in a test both of the 64-year-old leader's stamina and of protocol in the Obama White House.

United Nations 6:47am EDT

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