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Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv....
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Germany asks top US spy to leave the country
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency....
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Divisions appear among Ukraine's eastern rebels
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Divisions are appearing among the pro-Russia separatists fighting the Ukrainian government....
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Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility
TOKYO (AP) -- Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry....
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Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's third-largest democracy could be decided in court....
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What now for Indonesia after poll dispute?
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former army general Prabowo Subianto are both claiming victory in Indonesia's presidential election based on unofficial "quick counts," raising the specter of prolonged political instability in Southeast Asia's largest economy....
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Iraq's Kurds say will boycott Cabinet meetings
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region....
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Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to "be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership," a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they're ready to shed the humility and show off their country's rising military and political power....
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A rare look inside Pakistan's militant haven
MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- The streets of the one-time militant haven of Miran Shah were all but deserted, with only a few donkeys wandering around and soldiers standing guard in the alleys and roads. The destroyed buildings were testament to the ferocity of a government operation to clear this area in northwestern Pakistan of extremists....
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UN: no danger from stolen nuke material in Iraq
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N.'s nuclear agency says atomic material has been taken from a university in Iraq in a region controlled by Islamic militants but it does not present a health, safety or proliferation risk....
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