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Gaza death toll reaches 115; Israel to counter rockets 'with all power'

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel pounded Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Saturday for a fifth day, killing nine people including two disabled women according to medics, and showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire. | Video

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German suspect was in contact with State Dept not U.S. spies: officials

WASHINGTON - A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a U.S. State Department officer rather than American intelligence agencies, raising questions about whether any espionage occurred, U.S. officials familiar with the case told Reuters on Friday.

11 Jul 2014

U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds in talks to buy rival Lorillard

LONDON - U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would reshape one of the world's biggest and most profitable tobacco markets, the companies said on Friday.

11 Jul 2014

Portugal's PM tries to soothe investors; BES says can cover any losses

LISBON - Portugal's government and central bank assured investors on Friday that the southern European country's financial system was sound, aiming to quell worry about the spillover effects of trouble at the Espirito Santo business empire. | Video

11 Jul 2014

Iran preparing to start plant needed for interim nuclear deal: sources

VIENNA - Iran has taken preparatory action to start up a uranium conversion plant it needs to fulfil an interim nuclear agreement reached with six world powers last year before the accord expires this month, diplomatic sources said.

11 Jul 2014
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Obama administration warns money low to deal with migrant crisis

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration warned lawmakers on Thursday that U.S. border control agencies would run out of money and migrant children would run out of beds if Congress did not approve $3.7 billion in funds to address an influx of people from Central America.

Libyan protesters shut down Brega oil port: state firm NOC

TRIPOLI - Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega, state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports after almost a year of blockage.