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Video showing French hostage in Algeria authentic: Paris

New York - A video showing a Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria by a group linked to Islamic State jihadists is authentic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.

France 'not afraid' as IS urges lone-wolf attacks

Paris - France insisted Monday it was not spooked by a call for Muslims to kill citizens of countries fighting the Islamic State group, hours before jihadists claimed the kidnapping of a Frenchman in Algeria.

White House intruder decorated war veteran 'crying out for help'

Washington D.c. - The Texas man arrested for scaling the fence surrounding the White House Friday evening has been identified as a decorated Iraqi War veteran.

Rouhani says Iran a bulwark against 'terrorists' in Mideast

Tehran - Iran is a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East in the face of the "terrorists" rocking the region, President Hassan Rouhani said Monday before leaving for the United Nations.

Syria Kurds battle jihadist advance as thousands flee

Kurdish militia fought to defend a key border town in northern Syria on Monday after 130,000 terrified residents fled to Turkey to escape an advance by Islamic State fighters.

PM promises jail for returning Australian jihadists

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday warned Australians fighting with extremists in the Middle East they face lengthy jail terms if they return home as the government tightens counter-terrorism laws.

Australian ex-PM Howard 'embarrassed' by 2003 Iraq war dossier

Sydney - Former Australian leader John Howard has said he was embarrassed that the US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction he used to send troops to Iraq in 2003 proved to be unfounded.

Kerry raises IS militant threat with Iranian, Russian FMs

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry raised the threat of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria directly with his Iranian counterpart in high-level talks in New York, a US official said.

Kerry discusses IS militant threat with Iranian FM: U.S.

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday raised the threat of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria directly with his Iranian counterpart in rare high-level talks in New York, a US official said.

The 300: Kurdish fighters enter Syria, try to stop ISIS advances

As an estimated 66,000 Kurds poured over the Syrian boarder into Turkey, fearful of being slaughtered by advancing ISIS forces. More than 300 Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey have entered Syria in hopes of stopping the militant's onslaught.

Black prevails in Syria jihadist stronghold

Beirut - In the Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group, everything is black, activists say, from men's turbans to women's veils. Even the passports."Black IS flags are everywhere.

IS fighters close in on Syria border town as thousands flee

Abdi - Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

Syria Kurds flee from IS jihadists into Turkey

Suru - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.

Turkey disappoints West with low-key role in IS fight

Ankara - Blamed by some for prompting the rise of the Islamic State insurgency, Turkey has finally taken steps to tighten its borders with Iraq and Syria but is still disappointing the West over its low-key role in the anti-IS fight.

46 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

Ankara - Forty-six Turks held hostage for months by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, to emotional family reunions and a triumphant Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Obama to press at UN for broader anti-IS coalition

Washington - US President Barack Obama plans to make his case against the Islamic State militants before the world at the United Nations General Assembly next week in a bid for greater international support in the anti-IS fight.

Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

Rome - Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

Syria Kurds flee from IS jihadists into Turkey

Abdi - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.

Australia to toughen up anti-terror laws after IS threat

Sydney - The government will next week introduce legislation in parliament to tackle a growing terror threat, the attorney general said Saturday, in the aftermath of Australia's biggest crackdown in history.

In U.S., growing skepticism over 'no boots on ground' war plan

Washington - President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.

France mounts Iraq strikes as jihadists advance in Syria

Baghdad - France mounted its first air strike to beat back the Islamic State group in Iraq, even as jihadists across the border in Syria seized dozens of Kurdish villages in a lightning offensive.

Kerry at the UN builds support for anti-IS coalition

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry brought together 35 countries at the UN Security Council on Friday to build support for Iraq's new government and the campaign to confront jihadists.

French Air Force locate, destroy ISIS weapons depot

Paris - While conducting its first airstrikes of Islamic State targets in Iraq, the French government has announced it has hit and destroyed a weapons logistics depot belonging to the terrorist organization.

France carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande

Paris - French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

France begins strikes in Iraq as anti-jihadist drive widens

Baghdad - France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the jihadists.

Australia terror crackdown sees armed police in parliament

Sydney - Australia deployed armed police inside parliament on Friday in the face of extremist threats, ramping up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists to carry out gruesome "demonstration executions" in the country.

Who's who in coalition to defeat Islamist extremists

Washington - The United States is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at repelling and defeating the Islamist extremists marauding across parts of Iraq and Syria.

U.S. strikes jihadist training camp as France to join air war

Baghdad - U.S. warplanes hit an Islamic State group training camp in Iraq Thursday in their first strike not directly supporting Iraqi or Kurdish forces as France announced it will join the air war.

IS group posts video of captive British journalist

Beirut - The Islamic State group released a video Thursday of a British freelance photojournalist, John Cantlie, in which he says he is being held captive.

Iran's Rouhani slams US troop veto in IS fight

Washington - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States for its refusal to send troops into combat in the battle against Islamic State militants he claimed were seeking to "kill humanity.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Soldiers in Iraq.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take position with their weapons during a patrol in the city of Falluja  ...
Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take position with their weapons during a patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, February 8, 2014.
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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Seepage just east and below the Mosul Dam's spillway. Photo taken: 2007
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The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Naiel Thejel Ganeen  a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community  was kidnapped in 2006 and held for n...
Naiel Thejel Ganeen, a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community, was kidnapped in 2006 and held for nine days of torture, and repeatedly referred to as an infidel. He was released after kidnappers received a $40,000 ransom, but is left with a scarred arm suffered from shrapnel in a mock execution.
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Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life.  Here the remains of a bus in ...
Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life. Here the remains of a bus in Najaf show the results of a car bomb that occurred days before the country’s parliamentary election on March 7, 2010. In all, three people were killed in this bombing and 50 were wounded.
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Members and supporters of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which favors establishment of an Islamic state, demonstrate on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2006.
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File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Ir...
File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Iraq
U.S. Department of Defense
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers questions on the Middle East crisis with President George W. Bush at the White House in 2006.
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Kurdistan Region - Iraq
Kurdistan Region - Iraq
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