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In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

FILE -This file image made from video posted on a militant website on Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, greeting people before delivering...
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What we know, and don’t, 1 day after Ukraine crash

A flag flies half-staff near the traffic tower at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Friday, July 18, 2014. The attack on a Malaysian jetliner Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations, more than half being Dutch, including vacationers, students and a large...
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World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash

Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the...
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Israel PM says expansion of Gaza assault possible

A Palestinian man inspects the damage by an Israleli strike at the Inteiz family house in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Three members of the family were killed overnight when a tank shell hit the family house, according to...
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Israeli soldier killed in Gaza ground operation

A hazy Gaza City is seen in northern Gaza strip early Friday, July 18, 2014. The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air...
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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting...

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine. Britain’s U.N. Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 a.m. Friday. The request follows Wednesday’s downing...

Most passengers on doomed airliner were Dutch

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday was carrying 298 people from at least nine countries. Here is a breakdown of the nationalities of those on board: Netherlands: 154 Malaysia: 43 (including 15 crew and two infants)...
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Double disasters taint Malaysia Airlines

An electronic board displaying “Pray for MH17″ at the departure hall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. Malaysia Airlines has increased the death toll from Flight 17 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on...
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Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas’ weapons arsenal, rocket firing...