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  1. Extremists Behead Frenchman, France Stays On Course

    A French village is mourning the gruesome murder of Hervé Gourdel. The 55-year-old mountain guide from Saint-Martin-Vésubie was kidnapped in Algeria last weekend by the extremist group Jund al-Khilafa. They threatened to kill Gourdel if France continued its campaign against Islamic State, delivering on that promise yesterday with a video of his beheading. As Algeria hunts Gourdel’s killers, French President François Hollande has condemned the “cruel and cowardly” murder, saying his nation will not be blackmailed.

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