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LONDON (AP) — Three more European countries are adding muscle to the U.S.-led group taking aim at Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Britain, Belgium and Denmark committed warplanes to the struggle against the extremists in Iraq. No European nation is participating in attacks in Syria yet.

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A conservative Indonesia province is imposing severe punishment for same-sex liaisons and including non-Muslims. The law that makes gay sex punishable by caning and subjects non-Muslims to it too. Indonesia's secular central government granted Aceh the right to implement a version of Islamic Shariah law as part of a peace deal to end a separatist war.

HONG KONG (AP) — China's refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Hong Kong region has prompted more clashes between police and young activists. Several people, including one police officer, were taken away on stretchers by medical personnel after about 150 students forced their way into government headquarters. Police responded with pepper spray to push them back. A dozen men and one woman were arrested.

NEW YORK (AP) — A virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country is also under investigation now in Colorado to see if it's connected to nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the enterovirus 68 was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear. It's not the only virus that can cause paralysis.

CHICAGO (AP) — Two of the nation's busiest airports ground to a halt after a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that authorities say was deliberately set. A contract employee is charged with destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities, a felony. Officials say that when paramedics found him he was trying to cut his own throat. The FBI says Brian Howard remains hospitalized and no court date has been scheduled. Some 2,000 flights were canceled.

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