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Hamas calls for end to blockade of Gaza border

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is calling for the opening of Gaza's borders and the end of blockade.

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a... Read more »

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US: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry. Read more »

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Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America. Read more »

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Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality... Read more »

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Iraq elects Kurdish politician as new president; attacks kill dozens

Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. Read more »

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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets... Read more »

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US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya due to security concerns

The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State... Read more »

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Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of... Read more »

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Rep. Paul Ryan proposes streamlining 11 anti-poverty programs

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Read more »

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Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash that killed 48 people

Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island. Read more »

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Varying health premium subsidy amounts under health care law worry consumers

Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her... Read more »

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Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just... Read more »

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Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a... Read more »

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European court: Poland violated human rights of two terror suspects in CIA case

Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating... Read more »

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Prosecutors: Venezuelan official detained in Aruba

Authorities in Aruba have detained a close confidant of former President Hugo Chavez who had been appointed Venezuela's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S.... Read more »

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Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon; state expanded program under health care overhaul

Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. Read more »

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US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680... Read more »

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UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.'s top human rights official warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. Read more »

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Conflicting court rulings may slow Medicaid expansion decision in Utah

Legislative action on Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion could be pushed back until next year as a result of conflicting appeals court rulings on the Affordable Care Act... Read more »

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Iraq lawmakers postpone vote on new president

Iraq's parliament agreed to postpone a vote for a new president by a day on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before... Read more »

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2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. Read more »

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Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging... Read more »

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Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state... Read more »

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Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Read more »

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Obama nominee Robert McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. Read more »

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