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ASSOCIATED PRESS - PARIS (AP) - Belgium's interior minister says Islamic State gave a false name for the man who attacked police on Paris' Champs-Elysees. Islamic State's claim of responsibility came just a few hours after the attack _ far more quickly than other similar claims _ and the statement gave the attacker a pseudonym that would mean he was Belgian or had ties to Belgium.

VARNER, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has carried out its first execution in nearly 12 years, despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers. Ledell Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday. The state wants to conduct three more executions before the end of April, when its supply of one lethal injection drug expires, but courts could still scuttle Arkansas' plan.

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - A Tunisian orphan, nearly 3, whose parents were Islamic State group members killed in an airstrike, has been languishing in a Libyan prison for a year. Hundreds of children fathered by IS foreign fighters or brought by parents to the self-proclaimed caliphate are now in limbo, the collateral victims of a militant group in retreat and home countries hesitant to take them back.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says the 100 day benchmark often cited to measure a new administration's achievements is a "ridiculous standard." Trump tweets that no matter how much he accomplishes, "media will kill!" He reaches the 100 day mark in office on April 29.

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria still possesses banned chemical weapons. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis  also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft.


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