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Israel offers 4-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

The Israeli military said on Wednesday it would hold fire unilaterally in limited areas of the Gaza Strip for four hours from 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) for humanitarian purposes, an army statement said. Hamas described the truce as a media stunt because it only applied to some areas.

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Gaza school carnage despite 17 alerts: UN

United Nations officials had told the Israeli military 17 times that a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp was a shelter for Palestinian civilians fleeing fighting in the teeming coastal strip, but it was not enough to save them from deadly shelling. Blown to pieces as they

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19 taking refuge in Gaza school killed

Israeli shells blasted a UN-run school in a Gaza refugee camp on Wednesday, killing at least 19 people and wounding about 125 others taking refuge there, a UN official said. Blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms, and some survivors picked through shattered glas

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Libyan militants overrun Benghazi base

Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people. A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the southeast of Benghazi after co

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Ukraine hails US, EU sanctions on Russia

Ukraine's foreign minister welcomed US and European sanctions on Russia announced on Tuesday and pledged Kiev would not attack cities now controlled by pro-Russian separatists in its drive to re-establish control over its territory. Pavlo Klimkin, in an interview with Reuters

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Sniffer dog warning sends jet passengers into panic

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have". The warning from the fli

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43 Palestinians killed as Israel strikes Gaza on Wednesday

Israeli fire killed at least 43 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday as the Jewish state said it targeted militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal. Israel's Channel Two TV said progres

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US set for solid pace of jobs growth in July

US employment growth likely retained enough momentum in July to help buoy the economy for the rest of the year, a report said. Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 233,000 this month, according to a Reuters survey of economists. That would be a step down from June's hefty i

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UBS slapped $281m claim settlement charge

UBS AG booked a near $300 million charge in the second quarter mainly to settle claims it helped wealthy Germans to dodge taxes, the latest in a string of lawsuits that have targeted its private banking business. The Zurich-based lender's offices in Germany were searched last

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EU to impose economic sanctions on Russia

European Union governments reached a deal on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defence, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies, diplomats said. The sanctions will be reviewed after three months, one diplomat said. –

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