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Syria civil war: ISIL kidnaps 300 factory workers

ISIS abducts 300 SyriansMore than 300 staff at a cement factory near Damascus have been kidnapped after an attack earlier this week by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), Syrian state TV said on Thursday.

Hundreds of employees at the Al Badia Cement company were taken by ISIL fighters from a factory 50km east of the Syrian capital, the report quoted the industry ministry as saying.

It added the workers' employer had lost all contact with them.

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Ford to build huge plant in Mexico that creates 2,800 jobs despite outrage

Ford to open plant in MexicoFord Motor (F) said Tuesday it will invest $1.6 billion to build a new plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico to build small cars, making it the latest automaker to expand its presence there.

Ford's investment in Mexico will create more than 2,800 jobs by 2020, delivering a blow to the UAW, which pushed for higher wages in its contract talks with the automaker last year. The announcement also comes amid a presidential election where the the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has publicly pressured Ford to drop its plans to expand in Mexico.

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Legends of the Fall author and screenwriter Jim Harrison dies at 78

Jim HarrisonJim Harrison, considered one of the great writers in contemporary American fiction, has died at age 78 at his home in Patagonia, Arizona.

Harrison, author of the novella Legends of the Fall, made a prolific career with his descriptions of outdoor life – often through the lens of history – and was unconcerned by the limits of genre. The outdoorsman and bon vivant published more than 30 books over 50 years – and penned poetry, essays, interviews, screenplays, criticism, and reviews in addition to his fiction.

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How Big Pharma Is Cashing in on Addiction to Alcohol and Illicit Drugs

Big Pharma cases in on addictionAddiction treatment has become big business. If you haven't noticed it yet, investors certainly have. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration projected the market for addiction treatment at about $35 billion for 2014.

Since 2006, private equity firms have invested more than $2.2 billion in substance abuse treatment companies. The private equity firm Bain Capital paid $720 million for CRC Health in 2006 only to turn around and sell it for $1.18 billion to Acadia Healthcare Company Inc. in 2014. Acadia operates 76 facilities with about 5,800 licensed beds in 24 states, Puerto Rico and the U.K.

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US service member killed by enemy fire in Iraq

US serviceman killed in IraqA U.S. servicemember was killed at a northern Iraqi base after it came under rocket attack, a U.S. military official told USA TODAY on Saturday.

Two rockets hit the base, but one didn't cause any casualties or damage, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

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French police arrest four suspected of planning attack in Paris: report

French police arrest for radical Islamists in plotFrench anti-terrorism police arrested four Islamist radicals on Wednesday on suspicion they were planning an imminent attack in central Paris, TF1 television said.

Three men and one women were arrested at dawn in Paris and the nearby northern suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis.

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Quietly, symbolically, US control of the internet was just ended

ICANN takes control of the InternetIt’s early March in Marrakech, and a gleaming conurbation of hotels run in the kind of rare equilibrium of slick organisation and genuine friendliness that Tyler Brûlé might dream about.

Inside, the people who run the internet’s naming and numbering systems have been meeting with some of the governments who would rather be doing the job themselves. Eventually they cut a deal, and then negotiators from countries mostly in the northern hemisphere staggered blinking into the sunlight and splayed like lizards around the azure swimming pools, almost too tired to drink. Almost.

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