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Islamic State group jihadists launched an unprecedented wave of attacks Wednesday on soldiers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 70 people, in a major challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. F-16 warplanes bombarded the militants as they fought security forces on the streets of the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid after striking military checkpoints in a surprise attack after dawn. The militants withdrew from the town after almost eight hours of fighting, the officials said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.