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RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq. That's according to a video obtained by a U.S.-based terrorism watchdog. In the video, masked gunmen from a newly formed group that split from al-Qaida pledge allegiance to the Islamic State leader and say they are fighting his enemies. They criticize the French attacks in Iraq as well as its intervention against radical Islamists in Mali.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say Sunni militants have killed 19 Shiite militiamen in an ambush north of Baghdad. Police officials say 39 other people were wounded when the gunmen from the Islamic State extremist group opened fire with machine-guns on a convoy of Shiite militiamen. Thousands of Iraqi Shiites have answered a call from clergy to join security forces to fight the Islamic militants, who have captured large swaths of land in the western and northern Iraq.

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Authorities in Uganda have charged 10 people with terror-related offenses following their arrest in a raid on a suspected al-Shabab cell in the East African country. The terror suspects — including one woman — appeared in a court in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Nine of them are Somali nationals and one is Kenyan. Uganda has been on alert amid concerns that the group al-Shabab is plotting an attack similar to the deadly mall assault in Kenya a year ago. Uganda has troops fighting al-Shabab in Somalia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says the number of shootings in which a gunman opens fire on a crowd of people has increased in recent years. The bureau released a report today analyzing 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013. It says an average of six shootings occurred in the first seven years that were studied. That average rose to 16 shootings in the last seven years of the study.

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — A special prosecutor says an Ohio grand jury has found officers' actions were justified in the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart. He says the grand jury in Xenia (ZEEN'-yah) opted not to issue any indictments in the Aug. 5 death of 22-year-old John Crawford. Police responding to a call about a man waving a gun say Crawford didn't obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle he had apparently taken off a shelf. Crawford's family wants federal authorities to investigate whether race was a factor. Crawford was black, the officers are white.

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