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    12-hour pause takes hold in Gaza as talks continue on longer cease-fire

    A 12-hour pause in hostilities in the Gaza Strip went into effect early Saturday after Israel and Hamas agreed to the lull following Israel’s rejection of a plan for a seven-day cease-fire put forward by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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    Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

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    US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.

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    In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future

    As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water’s edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.

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    French soldiers reach jetliner crash site in Mali

    As a detachment of French soldiers reached the crash site of an Air Algérie jetliner in Mali, officials in Paris said Friday that the accident was most likely weather-related and that the distribution of the wreckage over a limited area suggested that the plane probably hit the ground intact.

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    War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State

    The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates” to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators.

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    Q&A: Find out if you’re flying friendly skies

    In the aftermath of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week and the rocket strike near Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv this week, people planning to fly to the Middle East or on a route crossing Eastern Europe have been left wondering whether or not they could - or should...

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    Russia delivers combat aircraft to Iraq

    The Iraqi government Friday confirmed that Russia has begun delivery of attack helicopters and warplanes as part of an arms deal intended to bolster the foundering military effort to retake the nearly half of Iraq lost this year to Islamist militants.

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    In Al-Quds Day speech, Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

    The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.

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    Afghan Taliban leader: US pact means more fighting

    In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban’s reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

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