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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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UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted 39 minutes ago
Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.
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Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  posted 46 minutes ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a hastily arranged visit to Afghanistan on Friday to help resolve an election crisis sowing chaos in a country that the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost more than 2,000 lives trying to stabilize.
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13 killed in 2 shootouts in southern Mexico town

The Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
Two days of gunbattles in a southern Mexico mountain town killed 13 people, officials said Thursday.
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Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kabul for talks with presidential candidates

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 2:21pm
Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kabul for talks with presidential candidates.
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Rifts appear among Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 1:50pm
Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents as dozens turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions.
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Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 1:31pm
Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties.
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Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 1:21pm
Germany is demanding that Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country. The demand comes amid a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage.
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UN chief urges Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 1:20pm
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could engulf the entire region and called on both sides to agree to a cease-fire.
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Foreign ministers to join troubled Iran nuke talks

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 1:12pm
Big-power foreign ministers are joining Iran nuclear talks on a diplomatic rescue mission. But even their muscle is seen as unlikely to bridge differences on Tehran's atomic activities in time to meet the July 20 target date for a deal.
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Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 12:51pm
Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.
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Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount

Aron Heller, Najib Jobain, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 12:51pm
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 Gaza militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
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Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 11:31am
Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday.
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Greek heart surgeon arrested on bribery charges

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 10:41am
Greek authorities have arrested a heart surgeon in a major Athens hospital on charges of bribery and blackmail for allegedly demanding money in order to perform urgent surgery, police said Thursday.
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Impunity in C. African Republic must end: Amnesty

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 10:31am
Fighters on both sides of the conflict in Central African Republic are living freely despite committing war crimes and some who have been jailed already have escaped from prison, Amnesty International said Thursday.
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Ex-OIC chief launches election campaign in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 10:22am
The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation kicked off his campaign to become president of Turkey Thursday, highlighting his credentials as a champion of the Palestinian cause and promising to be a uniting force.
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US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 10:11am
Secretary of State John Kerry says it doesn't appear that any sensitive material was compromised in an alleged hacking attempt on U.S. government personnel files earlier this year, but the matter is still being investigated.
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Missiles launched toward Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 10:11am
As militants in Gaza continue their rocket fire at Israel, four rockets have been launched toward Jerusalem, setting off air raid sirens across the city. Israel's military says two of the rockets were intercepted, while two others fell in open areas.
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A rare look inside Pakistan's militant haven

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 9:51am
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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German, French leaders call Putin over Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 9:31am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have urged Russia to use its influence on rebels in eastern Ukraine so that a meeting on a possible cease-fire can take place as soon as possible.
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KGB targeted intellectuals in 1968 Czechoslovakia

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 9:20am
Cold War documents released this week show that Soviet leaders were so worried about the 1968 Prague Spring reform movement in Czechoslovakia that they sent experienced KGB spies to help thwart it, a researcher said Thursday.
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9th Greek far-right lawmaker jailed pending trial

Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 9:04am
Greek judges on Thursday jailed a ninth lawmaker in connection with a criminal investigation into the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn — the country's third most popular party.
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Qatar questions fate of citizens detained in UAE

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 10th - 8:22am
Qatar said Thursday it is looking into the fate of two of its citizens reportedly detained in the United Arab Emirates, a day after Emirati media reported that Qatari intelligence agents were being held by the federation.
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