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Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival

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West Trades Accusations Over Hostage Ransoms

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As world leaders meet in Paris to try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. There is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
 
In the latest video from Islamic State militants in Syria posted online Sunday, a British hostage - Alan Henning - is threatened with beheading. Moments earlier, the same video showed the execution of fellow British aid worker David Haines.

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Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Leader Badie Gets Life in Jail

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Mohamed Badie, top leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced to life in jail along with 14 others on Monday on charges of murder and inciting violence during clashes near Cairo last year.

The session had been summoned for witness statements but the judge surprised journalists and others present by issuing a verdict. Badie, 71, is among hundreds of Brotherhood members already sentenced to death in mass trials that have drawn criticism from Western governments and human rights groups.

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US Open to Future Talks With Iran on Fighting IS Militants

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he has rejected Obama administration requests for help in fighting against Islamic State militants in Iraq. U.S. officials say there is no military coordination with Iran but Washington is open to future talks on fighting the Islamic State.

Khamenei said the U.S. ambassador in Iraq asked for Iran's cooperation against Islamic State militants. In a statement on his official website, Iran's supreme leader said he rejected that request "because they have dirty hands."

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Mexico: Texas Governor's Border Deployment Politically Motivated

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The Mexican government has condemned the deployment of Texas National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border, saying Governor Rick Perry authorized the move for political purposes.

"Mexico underscores that it is irresponsible to manipulate border security for political reasons," said the statement from the Mexican government and sent by its embassy in Washington on Thursday.

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US Military Prepares for Multi-Year Operations in Middle East

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This anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens was supposed to be different. America was poised to transition out of a war era for the first time in 13 years.

But now, the president has ordered the military back in. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night the U.S. military is sending 475 additional troops to Iraq. Most of them will be posted in U.S. command headquarters in Baghdad.

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US Bolsters Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Conflict

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meeting with Turkish officials to push an international coalition to combat the Islamic State militant group, has announced nearly $500 million in new humanitarian aid for Syrians affected by the militants' siege.  

The new U.S. funding focuses both on civilians displaced inside Syria and the more than 3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. More than half of Syria's population has been displaced by conflict.

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