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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State 1:41am BST

BAGHDAD/PARIS - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighbouring Syria. | Video

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Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

19 Sep 2014

DIKMETAS Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighbouring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. | Video

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

19 Sep 2014

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.

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North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

1:09am BST

SEOUL - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday.

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Bank of England says its bond-buying failed to boost bank lending

19 Sep 2014

LONDON - The Bank of England's 375 billion pounds of stimulus pumped into Britain's financial system did not boost bank lending, research from the central bank showed on Friday, although it helped turn the economy round in other ways.

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American confesses to killing his girlfriend's mother in Bali

Indonesian police say American Tommy Shaefer admitted to killing his girlfriend's mother and stuffing her bloody body into a suitcase while the three were on vacation in Bali. Deborah Gembara reports.