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The Hague (AFP) - The Dutch government said Friday it will appeal an EU ruling that the Netherlands gave Starbucks an illegal tax break and ordered the coffee giant to pay some 30 million euros ($34 million).
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could foresee Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad taking part in the fight to crush the Islamic State group, a statement welcomed by the regime in Damascus. In order to fight IS, "there must be two measures: bombings... and ground troops who cannot be ours, but who should be of the (opposition) Free Syrian Army, Sunni Arab forces, and why not regime forces too," Fabius said in an interview with RTL radio. Fabius later clarified his comments, telling AFP he meant that Syrian government troops could take part in the fight against IS "within the context of a political transition -- and only in this context".