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US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the...

Owner of Mexican shelter defends tough love

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defended her “tough love” approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control. Seventy-nine-year-old Rosa Verduzco spoke with the Univision television network...
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Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle

The Costa Concordia cruise wreck is maneuvered into position to be towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After more than two years since it slammed into a reef along the coastline of Isola del Giglio the wreck has begun its...
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Dutch say black box damaged but voice data ok

Ukrainian honor guards lift up a coffin, holding the body of one of the Malaysian Airlines plane passengers, to load it onto a Dutch cargo plane in Kharkiv airport, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the...
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US: Russia ‘created the conditions’ for shoot-down

President Barack Obama visits the Dutch Embassy in Washington to sign a book of condolence, joined by Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Most of the 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down near the border between Ukraine and...
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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The two men were set to hold a joint news conference regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict....
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Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

Israeli police officers secure a destroyed house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza, in Yahud, central Israel, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israel has said its campaign, launched July 8, is aimed at stopping Hamas rocket fire into Israel — some...
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Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

A refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 departs Kharkiv railway station, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of...
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Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal

FILE – In this Monday, July 21, 2014, file photo, a Palestinian family watches rescuers searching for bodies and survivors under the rubble of homes which were destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City. Disagreement over whether to lift the Gaza blockade is a key...
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EU imposes new sanctions against Russian officials

A refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 departs Kharkiv railway station, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of...