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Renault aims to reclaim lost ground with minivan turned SUV

By Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume PARIS (Reuters) – The minivan is dead, long live the SUVan. Renault has revamped the elderly Espace people carrier as a crossover sport utility vehicle as it seeks to relive the marque’s past glories. Illustrating a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles, the fifth Espace – smaller than its predecessors but still gargantuan by European standards – made its debut at the Paris auto show on Thursday, 30 years after the first model was unleashed on European consumers who hadn’t yet realized they wanted one. …

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U.S.-led air strikes pose problem for Assad’s moderate foes

By Tom Perry REYHANLI Turkey (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes against al Qaeda-inspired militants in Syria pose a problem for moderate rebel opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Western-backed rebels say they face a backlash from Syrians angered by the offensive, even though they have been kept in the dark about the air strikes against their enemies in Islamic State. This could complicate Washington’s plan to turn disparate rebel groups into a ground force to combat the militants. The rebels say civilian casualties from the week-old air campaign and suspicion of U.S.

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Frenchman’s murder puts Algeria back on the shifting map of jihad

By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) – When a little-known group of Algerian militants beheaded a French tourist last week, they were not only lashing out at the West, but also staking an unmistakable claim in the shifting ground of jihadist power politics. Herve Gourdel’s murder by the Caliphate Soldiers, ostensibly to punish France for Western military strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq, was testament to the pull now exerted by the al Qaeda-offshoot in the battle for the loyalties of jihadists. …

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Islamic State ‘brand’ gains ground among Asian militants

By Rosemarie Francisco and Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) – A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group’s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region. Over 100 people from Southeast Asia’s Muslim majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and the southern Philippine region are believed by security officials and analysts to have gone to join Islamic State’s fight in Iraq and Syria. … …read more

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Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut

MANILA (Reuters) – A tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the Philippine capital on Friday, flooding many parts of the city, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets. Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were moved to higher ground, officials said, as flood waters rose quickly after the equivalent of half a month’s usual rain fell in six hours. The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trade after the government canceled work and classes in the capital. …

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Obama vows U.S. will not fight another ground war in Iraq

By Jeff Mason MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, trying to reassure war-weary Americans, vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq but his spokesman said some military advisers could end up in front-line positions against Islamic State. Obama, who has spent much of his presidency distancing himself from the Iraq War, stressed that air strikes would be the central U.S. contribution to the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, along with coordinating a coalition that he said now includes more than 40 countries. … …read more

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