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Posted: July 2, 2014 at 3:55 a.m.

Sarkozy detained in France, report says PARIS -- Nicolas Sarkozy is being held as part of a probe into influence peddling, Agence France-Presse reported, making it the first time a former French president has been detained.

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In this Feb. 7, 2010 file photo,Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend acknowledge the crowd after performing during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami. Townshend and Daltrey are taking the band on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating its 50th anniversary. Daltrey suggested it would be their last major tour, referring it to the start of their "long goodbye" during a news conference Monday, June 30, 2014, at Ronnie Scott's jazz bar in London.

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An Islamic fighter rides with a missile during a military parade Monday in Raqqa in northern Syria.

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