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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

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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Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan

MANILA - Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. | Video

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Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue in capital

SANAA - Yemen's state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shi'ite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said on Saturday, | Video

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Pope's Albania visit prompts long-awaited facelift for Tirana square

TIRANA - Pope Francis has worked a small miracle in Albania even before his arrival here on Sunday -- spurring bitter political foes to join forces to spruce up the rundown square where he will celebrate Mass.

Britain, France agree steps to tackle UK-bound illegal immigrants

PARIS - Britain and France have agreed to improve border controls and cooperate more closely in an effort to control a growing number of illegal immigrants trying to cross the English Channel from the French port city of Calais to Britain.

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Afghan election commission to reveal long-awaited results Sunday - official

KABUL - Afghanistan's election commission will announce long-delayed final results in the bitterly disputed presidential vote on Sunday, whether or not the rival candidates claiming victory reach a power-sharing deal, a spokesman said on Saturday.

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