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    BEIJING (AP) — Heavy rains in China's southwest have killed at least 19 people and left 20 missing, with tens of thousands of people evacuated due to flooding, state media reported Monday. The China News Service reported that 12 people had died in the city of Chongqing, three in neighboring Sichuan…

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  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

    By Will Dunham and Andrew Osborn WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened…

  • Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Monday.

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  • Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    LONDON (AP) — Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.

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  • Briton's beheading boosts resolve of anti-IS coalition

    The Islamic State's beheading of another Western hostage has strengthened the resolve of a US-led coalition ahead of a Paris conference Monday on how to jointly eliminate the jihadist group. Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Sunday that Britain would hunt down the killers of British aid worker…

  • White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

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  • Britain vows to hunt down 'evil' killers of aid worker

    Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Sunday that Britain would hunt down the killers of an aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State, which he described as the "embodiment of evil". Cameron said Britain was prepared to "take whatever steps are necessary" after David Haines became the third Western…

  • Rights group urges Yemen to probe use of force

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international rights group urged Yemeni authorities on Sunday to investigate what it called "unnecessary use of lethal force" against demonstrators led by Shiite rebels in the capital who are demanding the reinstatement of fuel subsidies and the dismissal of the government.

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  • Kerry says some nations offer ground troops to fight Islamic State

    Secretary of State John Kerry said he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops. On the CNN program "State of the Union," White House Chief of Staff…

  • Islamic State attracts female jihadis from U.S. heartland

    At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. In a separate case, a 19-year-old American Somali woman from St. Paul snuck away from…

  • Japanese actress Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94

    Japanese actress and singer Yoshiko "Shirley" Yamaguchi, who was nearly executed in China at the end of World War II, has died at the age of 94 after a life as dramatic as any of her films. Yamaguchi, who was born to Japanese parents in pre-war Manchuria, where her father worked for the railway,…

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  • Incheon touts Asian Games amid worries over costs

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As the port city of Incheon prepares to host the Asian Games, some are worried about what happens when the party leaves town.

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  • AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S.…

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  • Sisi says coalition must battle Islamic State and others

    By Jason Szep and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that any global coalition against terrorism should battle not just Islamic State but other groups as well, the presidency said on Saturday. Egyptian security…

  • Merkel to rally fight against anti-Semitism

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews. The event, to be attended by German President Joachim Gauck, coincides with a meeting in the capital of the…

  • Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an act of pure evil."

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  • Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage: SITE

    The Islamic State jihadist group claimed Saturday it beheaded British aid worker David Haines, in what would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists were shown murdered. The Islamist group released a video, available on the website of private terrorism monitoring…