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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says the terrorists who beheaded a French citizen in Algeria are a global threat. Hollande addressed world leaders at the United Nations today, shortly after learning of the man's death. A video released by a U.S. terrorism watchdog showed Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group decapitating a hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As U.S. planes carry out airstrikes over Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is urging Muslims in the Middle East to reject the ideology behind groups like the Islamic State. And he's calling on them to cut off funding that allows such groups to thrive. Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly today, Obama said the U.S. would be a "respectful and constructive partner" in confronting the militants through force. Obama sought to distinguish this military campaign from the lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying he has no intention of sending U.S. troops to occupy foreign lands.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration expects that a security agreement allowing U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan next year will be signed by the country's incoming president as early as next week. A senior U.S. official told reporters today that the agreement would be signed "within days" of Monday's inauguration. Outgoing President Hamid Karzai negotiated the agreement with Secretary of State John Kerry but refused to sign it. The deal will allow some 10,000 American forces to remain in Afghanistan next year after all combat troops are withdrawn.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Justice Department will investigate possible civil rights violations in the fatal police shooting of a man holding an air rifle at a Wal-Mart store in Ohio. Federal authorities made the announcement just hours after a special grand jury found that the officers' actions were justified. The family of John Crawford had asked for a federal probe. The family says authorities should investigate whether race was a factor. Crawford was black, the officers are white.

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri drill sergeant has been found guilty in the sexual assault and harassment of eight female soldiers. Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez was accused of using his supervisory position with a police brigade to threaten some women he was training.

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