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Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base - social media

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on the Internet and on Twitter by supporters showed on Wednesday.

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Afghan election audit disrupted as candidate threatens to walk out

KABUL - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdrew observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday, a member of his team said, after threatening to pull out of an agreement to resolve a deadlocked election.

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Japan PM Abe sent condolences to memorial for convicted war criminals

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a condolence message to a ceremony honouring "martyrs" convicted as war criminals after World War Two, his top spokesman said on Wednesday, news that could snarl efforts to thaw chilly ties with China.

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New French economy minister pledges end to infighting

PARIS - France's new economy minister vowed on Wednesday to ‎rebuild trust in the euro zone's second largest economy and put an end to mixed messages and infighting on its economic policy.

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Afghan forces battle for control of symbolic Kunduz province

KABUL - Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for control of the northern province of Kunduz, where insurgents are threatening to overrun the capital and terrorising residents who have fled to nearby districts.

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Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

ST. LOUIS - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago.

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