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By Noemie Olive SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - Assailants loyal to Islamic State forced an elderly priest to his knees before slitting his throat and took several worshippers hostage in a French church on Tuesday before police shot the attackers dead. It was the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe inspired by the Islamist militant group based in Iraq and Syria that is on the defensive against a U.S.-led military coalition in which France is a major partner. The knifemen entered the church during morning mass near the northern city of Rouen, northwest of Paris, killing Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old parish priest, and taking four other people hostage, one of whom was seriously wounded.
The Frankfurt stock exchange Deutsche Boerse on Tuesday said its shareholders had backed a planned merger with the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Earlier this month Deutsche Boerse lowered the threshold for shareholder support needed for the tie-up to 60 percent from 75 percent, removing a potential spanner in the works for the deal following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The 60-percent level was breached a few hours before the midnight deadline, Deutsche Boerse said in a statement.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Democratic nominee in former House Speaker John Boehner's district has withdrawn from the November election, leaving a clear field for now for recently elected Republican U.S. Rep Warren Davidson to win a full term.