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Israel launches Gaza offensive, at least 15 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip today, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

Israel bolsters forces along volatile Gaza border

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military bolstered forces along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip today in response to intensifying rocket fire as tensions remained high over the deaths of three Israeli teenagers and an Arab youth who Palestinians allege was killed in a revenge attack.

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea today by announcing his government will lift some of its sanctions in response to the North’s decision to re-open a probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.

Suicide bomber kills 4 in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber attacked an air force bus in Afghanistan’s capital today, killing at least seven people, including four officers, and wounding another 16. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Police arrest 511 at Hong Kong rally

Police in Hong Kong on today arrested at least 511 demonstrators who refused to leave city streets following one of the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the former British territory since its return to Chinese rule in 1997.

As Israel buries teens, airstrikes target Hamas

JERUSALEM — Israel today mourned the deaths of three teenagers who had been kidnapped over two weeks ago, as the air force targeted dozens of locations in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said, in a surge of violence that followed the discovery of the teens’ bodies.
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Cease-fire over, Ukraine renews attacks

KARLOVKA, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists fought with heavy weapons in the country’s east today, and the rebels captured the Interior Ministry headquarters in a major city after an hours-long gun battle, a day after the president said rebels weren’t serious about peace talks and ended a cease-fire.
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Iraq parliament makes no progress

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new parliament deadlocked less than two hours into its first session when minority Sunnis and Kurds walked out, dashing hopes for the quick formation of a new government that could hold the country together in the face of a militant blitz.

West to Putin: Commit to peaceful Ukraine

MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions.

Iraqi parliament meets to form new government

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s vice president called on parliament to convene on Tuesday, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency while Britain’s top diplomat started an official visit to the country to urge the country’s leaders to put their differences aside for the good of the nation.
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U.S. ends anti-terror program in Philippines

After more than a decade of helping fight Islamic militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday.

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

BAGHDAD — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations today against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, as reports surfaced that Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.

Suicide bomber kills 13

BAGHDAD — Underlying the persistent danger of Iraq being swept up again by sectarian bloodletting, a suicide bomber blew himself up at an outdoor market south of Baghdad today, killing 15 people and wounding 30, police and hospital officials said.
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UN: Over 50 million displaced

BEIRUT — For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

Putin: cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended

The weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today.

Brazil gunmen wound 9 in World Cup host city

SOA PAULO — Police in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte say gunmen opened fire on a group of men in a bar watching Monday’s match between Brazil and Cameroon.

Egypt president refuses pardon for journalists

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi today rejected calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms a day earlier in a court ruling that raised international outrage.

31 boys abducted in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys in weekend attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said today, another sign of the Nigerian military’s failure to curb an Islamic uprising.