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France: 2 assailants killed in attack on Church

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Two attackers in France are dead after they used knives to take several people hostage in a church near Normandy, French security officials said. Police have confirmed that one hostage was killed during the attack. The motives and identities of the attackers are not yet known. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazenevue is on his way to the scene of the attack in the town of Saint-Etienne-en-Pouvray, a security official...

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America: Muslim voters can influence swing states

By: Aline Barros Source: VOA News At an estimated 3.3 million, Muslim Americans represent a small portion of the American population. But the community could play an important role in  so-called swing states during the upcoming presidential elections. When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based rights organization, launched its 2016 Muslims Vote campaign, the goal was to lead 1 million Muslim constituents to the voting booths. Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at CAIR, said campaign organizers across the nation would work within communities to make sure Islamic community centers have the tools they need to register voters. According to the Pew...

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Syrian forces seize half of Manbij from ISIS

By: Carla Babb Source: VOA News PENTAGON – Syrians battling ISIS fighters in Manbij now have control of about half of the city, a spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition said Friday.Colonel Chris Garver, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, told reporters Friday via teleconference from Baghdad that U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition fighters have control of the western half of Manbij and continue to tighten their circle around the city. Unlike fights for the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, however, where ISIS fighters fled as defeat appeared imminent, Garver said that as IS fighters become overrun in Manbij, they are falling back and reinforcing their positions, making it...

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