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  • Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

    A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shi'ite Islamist group, has…

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  • U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

    The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms that it said tried to conceal arms shipments from Cuba to North Korea, following a similar move by the United Nations. The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms,…

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  • Army breaks up protests as Yemen raises fuel prices

    One woman was killed in protests that erupted in Sanaa on Wednesday after the Yemeni government announced a rise in fuel prices. The government increased fuel prices after spending about $3 billion on energy subsidies last year, nearly a third of state revenue. Yemen has been trying for over a…

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  • Three ways Middle East fighting threatens US national security

    “Is there going to be peace in the Middle East?” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), asked himself aloud last week, before an audience of national security specialists. Pentagon analysts are increasingly grappling with what this growing unrest means for US…

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  • Rebels and oligarchs: 7 key players in eastern Ukraine

    Known by his nom de guerre Strelkov, or “shooter,” Igor Girkin is a prominent rebel commander. A native of Russia, Mr. Girkin oversaw rebel forces in Slovyansk before being pushed back to Dontesk by an Ukrainian offensive. He has a long history of participating in conflicts including those in…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • What do 'social inclusion' rankings tell us about the child migrant crisis?

    For the third year, America's Quarterly has ranked Latin American countries and the United States based on social inclusion, sifting through multiple variables like access to education, housing, and employment, as well as basic political, civil, and human rights. Violence in Guatemala, El…

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  • Populist appeal to single women could turn Senate races, Democratic group says

    Look at the most competitive US Senate seats up for grabs in 2014, and you might be surprised that they are, in fact, competitive. Mitt Romney won those states in 2012 – six by double digits.

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  • Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Thursday it was calling up another 16,000 reserves, a move that allows it to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip.

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  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.

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  • Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on…

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  • AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack

    JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.

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  • Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail

    NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.

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  • Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones.

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  • Dutch, Australian experts attempt to reach Ukraine crash site

    Experts from the Netherlands and Australia tried on Thursday to reach the crash site in eastern Ukraine of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after several failed attempts this week. Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were also part of a team that was…

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  • Sanofi 2nd quarter profit surges

    PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi said Thursday its earnings soared in the second quarter thanks to lower accounting charges than a year earlier, and the company lifted it full-year profit forecast.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    MALIN, India (AP) — Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 25 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. Two days of torrential rains…

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  • Diggers try to reach more than 100 feared trapped in India landslide; 21 dead

    By Aman Shah MALIN VILLAGE India (Reuters) - Rescuers in India were digging through swirling mud to uncover dozens of submerged homes on Thursday and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village, with the confirmed death toll at 21. Seven teams of…

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  • Sony surprises with first quarter profit

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from buildings and its stake in a video-game maker.

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  • 19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Rescuers say at least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistan beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents.

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