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PARIS (AP) — An international conference has begun in Paris to discuss ways of defeating the Islamic State extremist group which now holds large swaths of Iraq and Syria. France's president says there is "no time to lose" and that a global threat requires a global response. France has offered to fly reconnaissance missions, and officials say some Arab states are willing to launch air strikes.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile slammed into Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula today as a Category 3 storm as residents and tourists hunkered down. The powerful and sprawling hurricane hit in an area of gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge along with landslide and flash flood danger. Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fast-moving typhoon is back out to sea after leaving flash floods and landslides in its wake in the Philippines. Schools in five regions, including metropolitan Manila, were suspended and dozens of flights were canceled. Hundreds of ship passengers were stranded in ports. Many evacuees have since been allowed home. The storm is moving toward southern China.

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — California forestry officials say a wildfire in the central part of the state damaged or destroyed 21 structures and prompted the evacuation of about 400 homes. The blaze near a lakeside resort town is one of two raging wildfires in California. The other one, to the north, forced the evacuation of 133 homes about 60 miles east of Sacramento.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe say just 650 feet separated them from shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine says the incident came while the group was in the rebel-held city and that there appeared to be casualties. Fighting has flared up despite a shaky truce.

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