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PARIS (AP) — France has conducted its first airstrike in Iraq against the militant group Islamic State. The French presidency says fighter jets struck a logistics depot controlled by the group in northeastern Iraq. It says other operations will follow in the coming days. France is the first foreign country to publicly add military muscle to U.S. airstrikes against the militants.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey says it could take a year before moderate Syrian rebels trained by U.S. troops return to the battlefield to fight the Islamic State militant group. The Senate yesterday approved legislation allowing U.S. troops to train and arm the rebels, and the House passed the bill the day before. But the arm-and-train authority extends only until December, and lawmakers are to revisit the issue in a post-election, lame-duck session.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The first shipment of increased American military aid to help fight the Ebola epidemic has landed in Liberia. The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia says a U.S. military transport plane brought a team of seven military personnel along with some equipment Thursday. More supplies and personnel are expected in the coming days. The United States is sending 3,000 troops to help fight the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,600 people across West Africa. More than half the deaths have occurred in Liberia.

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The government of Guinea in West Africa says eight people who were abducted by angry residents while on an Ebola awareness campaign have been found dead. Among those killed were several local journalists and several high-ranking local officials. Only one person in the group escaped. Many residents in rural villages have reacted with fear and panic when outsiders have come to conduct Ebola awareness campaigns and have even attacked health clinics.

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says last week's deaths of up to 500 migrants in an intentional boat-ramming in the Mediterranean Sea off the Malta coast could be an act of mass murder. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says nations must treat the migrants' deaths at the hands of human traffickers as if they were citizens killed by criminal gangs within their borders.

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