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Israel launches military offensive against Gaza

Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military...
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Pistorius defense team closes case

Oscar Pistorius arrives at court in Pretoria, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has challenged the credibility of a physician, Wayne Derman, who testified that the athlete has an anxious nature linked to his disability and could not be objective about the...
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Shevardnadze: Fearless life, sad political ending

FILE – In this Monday, July 14, 1986 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher welcomes Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze on his arrival for talks at her 10 Downing Street residence in London. Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign...
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Sterling ordered to testify at Clippers sale trial

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O’ Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a...
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EU’s united front on Russia falling amid gas needs

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens Russia’s economic development minister Alexei Ulyukayev, right, in Moscow’s Kremlin on Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) Russian President Vladimir Putin listens...
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New India rail minister seeks foreign investment

Indian Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, left, shows the briefcase containing Rail budget for the year 2014 to media persons as he arrives in the parliament house to present the budget, as junior minister for Railways Manoj Sinha, center right, watches, in New Delhi, India,...
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EU’s united front on Russia falling amid gas needs

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens Russia’s economic development minister Alexei Ulyukayev, right, in Moscow’s Kremlin on Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) Russian President Vladimir Putin listens...
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New India rail minister seeks foreign investment

Indian Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, left, shows the briefcase containing Rail budget for the year 2014 to media persons as he arrives in the parliament house to present the budget, as junior minister for Railways Manoj Sinha, center right, watches, in New Delhi, India,...
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Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

A woman visits the Samsung Electronics Co.’s showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in...

Shares drift after US pulls back from highs

TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets drifted lower Tuesday after U.S. indexes pulled back from record highs and investors awaited fresh data from China and corporate earnings. In Europe, France’s CAC-40 lost 0.4 percent to 4,387.15 and Germany’s DAX dropped 0.6 percent...