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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels, with or without a cease-fire

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip...

Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region. Read more »

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WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from... Read more »

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62 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

Israeli forces, backed by heavy tank fire and airstrikes, moved deeper into southern Gaza late Friday in search of a soldier apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. At least 62 Palestinians and two... Read more »

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US aiding transfer of Americans sick with Ebola

Plans are underway to bring back the two American aid workers sick with Ebola from Africa. Read more »

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Girl, 12, not competent for trial in Slender Man stabbing

One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said Friday. Read more »

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Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence

Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the... Read more »

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House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants... Read more »

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US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July. Read more »

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Otter attacks swimmers in Washington river

State and federal wildlife agents are trying to trap the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Read more »

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Kerry condemns 'outrageous' Gaza truce violations

The Obama administration on Friday condemned violations of the internationally-brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and said the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier was a... Read more »

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UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started. Read more »

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2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms. Read more »

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Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search

Against the distant backdrop of artillery blasts, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine and began the painstaking search... Read more »

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Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results

A federal prosecutor says a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak fabricated food-safety lab results sent to customers including food giant Kellogg's. Read more »

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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Read more »

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Harley recalls bikes for ignition switch problem

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business. Read more »

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12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the... Read more »

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Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city

A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and... Read more »

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Global trade deal goes back to drawing board

The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it. Read more »

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Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry

Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing... Read more »

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Sex education should start sooner, study finds

To significantly decrease unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths and sexually transmitted diseases globally, we should start talking to boys and girls about their sexual and... Read more »

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State Fair pigs test positive for swine flu strain

Three pigs exhibited at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot last month have tested positive for a strain of swine flu but it does not appear that the illness has spread to people. Read more »

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UN: More than 1,700 killed in Iraq in July

More than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq in July, the United Nations said Friday, making it one of the deadliest months of the year but marking a decline from the previous month, when Sunni... Read more »

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Colorado to begin offering licenses for immigrants

Thousands of immigrants have signed up to take advantage of a Colorado law that allows them to get drivers' licenses and identification cards beginning Friday, a heavy demand causing frustration... Read more »

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The creepiest Internet-related happenings of 2014 ... so far

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Facebook twists users' moods. Two girls kill for the sake of an Internet meme. The year so far has upped the online paranoia factor in a very real way. Read more »

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