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February 16, 2015

France, Egypt call for U.N. Security Council meeting on Libya

Islamic State released a video on Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya

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In this Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 photo, Coptic Christian men whose relatives were abducted by Islamic State militants in the central city of Sirte, Libya more than a month ago, protest at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart called on Monday for the United Nations Security Council to meet over the security situation in Libya and take new measures after Egypt's air force bombed Islamic State targets there.

Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi spoke on the telephone a day after the group released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya, Hollande's office said in a statement.

"They underscored the importance of the (U.N.) Security Council meeting and of the international community taking new measures to face up to the danger" of the Islamic State, the statement said.