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Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza refugee camp

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting. | Video

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Moscovici says confident will have important economic role in EU Commission

PARIS - France's candidate for the European Commission Pierre Moscovici is convinced he will have an important economic portfolio, he told Reuters on Wednesday, rebuffing German concerns that France lacked the budget credibility to take such a job.

World, France 8:48am EDT

Russia bans Polish fruit and vegetable in apparent retaliation for sanctions

MOSCOW - Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union, its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier.

World, Russia 7:50am EDT

Two former senior Murdoch editors charged over UK phone-hacking

LONDON - Two more senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch's defunct British tabloid the News of the World have been charged with phone-hacking, prosecutors said on Wednesday, weeks after the paper's former editor was jailed for the crime.

Rupert Murdoch, World 8:55am EDT

Exclusive: China's Xi reached deal with former leaders to investigate ex-security chief: sources

BEIJING - Two influential former Chinese leaders gave their consent for President Xi Jinping to investigate ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, sources told Reuters, a sign the corruption probe will not open a rift in the ruling Communist Party. | Video

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U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

WASHINGTON - Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington.

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Russia says confused by Obama's accusations over Malaysian jet crash probe

MOSCOW - Russia is puzzled by U.S. President Barack Obama's suggestion that Moscow was not cooperating with an international investigation into what downed a Malaysian Airline's jet earlier this month, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.