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US struggles in Mideast with waning influence

The US failure to secure a firm ceasefire in the Gaza Strip despite two weeks of intense diplomacy reflects new regional dynamics in which the world's most powerful actor has diminished influence and fewer allies. When Secreta

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Israel, Hamas groups begin 3-day Gaza truce

A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip went into effect on Friday, and negotiators were due to travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. The 72-hour break, the most ambitiou

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Israel, Gaza militants agree to 12-hour truce

A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a UN request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead. Isr

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US seeks Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank a

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Kerry to decide on Hamas-Israel ceasefire deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire and will not stay in the region indefinitely, a senior US official said Thursday, in what appeared an

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Missile brought from Russia downed jet: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the evidence indicates that a Russian missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, while Britain said Moscow faced "pariah" status and the threat of further economic

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Iran looks to prolong N-talks, US demands cuts

Iran and six world powers appeared likely to extend talks on Tehran's nuclear programme beyond a July 20 deadline, while Washington said the Islamic Republic must cut its capacity to make nuclear fuel to secure a deal to end sanctions.

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'Iran must reduce nuclear capacity to secure deal'

US Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed the idea that Iran could maintain its current number of nuclear enrichment centrifuges as part of a long-term deal with six world powers that would lead to a gradual end of sanctions. &nb

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Kerry, Saudi King discuss global oil supplies

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah briefly discussed global oil supplies during a meeting on the crisis in Iraq on Friday, a senior State Department official said. During the talks, Kerry referred to recent c

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Kerry plans Saudi visit to discuss Iraq, Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Saudi Arabia on Friday to meet King Abdullah and discuss the crises in Iraq and Syria, he said at a news conference in Brussels. Kerry last visited the world's top oil exporter in la

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