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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is taking aim at a key source of financing for the militant group Islamic State. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates on Wednesday bombed 12 of the oil refineries controlled by the terrorist group in Syria. Black market oil contributes up to $2 million a day to the militant group.
PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister says Algerian forces are hunting for the Muslim extremists who beheaded a French mountaineer this week. The killing was carried out in retaliation for France's airstrikes on the group Islamic State. Herve Goudel was seized Sunday while hiking in the mountains of northern Algeria. His Algerian companions were freed.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister is urging countries not to lift sanctions against Russia until Ukraine regains control over its entire territory, including Crimea. Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') told the annual U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, "we know what terrorism means." The months-long fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces has been a major theme of speeches at the global assembly this week.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A man in Guam who was convicted of killing three Japanese tourists in a stabbing rampage and vehicle crash last year has been sentenced to life in prison. Chad DeSoto was given three life sentences Thursday, and will not be eligible for parole. Guam Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola says the life sentence is needed to protect the public. The 22-year-old man had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness after plowing his car onto a busy sidewalk and getting out and stabbing more than a dozen bystanders.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor says he's working eight hours a day digging in fields and is being kept in isolation. Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Miller tells The Associated Press that so far, his health has not deteriorated. He talks to the AP after being brought to a Pyongyang hotel to make a phone call to his family. The Bakersfield, California native also showed The AP several letters he's written, pleading for help from influential Americans.
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