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French conference to support minorities persecuted by ISIS

  • Family members of U.S. Embassy employees look out at the staging area before the start of a flag raising ceremony, at the newly opened U.S. Embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Washington's top diplomat came to Havana on Friday to raise the Stars and Stripes over the newly opened embassy, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Family members of U.S. Embassy employees look out at the staging area before the start of a flag raising ceremony, at the newly opened U.S. Embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Washington's top diplomat came to Havana on Friday to raise the Stars and Stripes over the newly opened embassy, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets the three Marines who lowered the flag at the U.S. Embassy's closing in 1961, and who have returned to raise the Stars and Stripes again, in a flag raising ceremony at the newly opened embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets the three Marines who lowered the flag at the U.S. Embassy's closing in 1961, and who have returned to raise the Stars and Stripes again, in a flag raising ceremony at the newly opened embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Marines raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the Cuban capital to raise the U.S. flag and formally reopen the long-closed U.S. Embassy. Cuba and U.S. officially restored diplomatic relations July 20, as part of efforts to normalize ties between the former Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,Pool)

    U.S. Marines raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the Cuban capital to raise the U.S. flag and formally reopen the long-closed U.S. Embassy. Cuba and U.S. officially restored diplomatic relations July 20, as part of efforts to normalize ties between the former Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,Pool)  (The Associated Press)

France is hosting a conference next month to raise money and rally support for Mideast Christians and other minorities persecuted by the Islamic State group.
  

The conference Sept. 8 will focus on humanitarian efforts to support ethnic and religious groups in Syria and Iraq who have become key targets of IS extremists, suffering mass executions, sex slavery and other abuses.
  

Diplomats from some 60 countries are expected to join the conference, co-hosted by Jordan, according to a French diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to be publicly named. Military solutions aren't on the table.
  

France is taking part in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq against the group, and is worried about fallout from extremist violence at home by French radicals who support IS.