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At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school as toll exceeds 750

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 750 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. | Video

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GM's profit falls on recall costs, victims' compensation fund

DETROIT - General Motors Co reported a much lower second-quarter profit on Thursday due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least $400 million for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. | Video

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Record North America profit boosts Ford results; shares rise

DEARBORN Mich. - Ford Motor Co reported second-quarter operating earnings that beat expectations thanks to record profit in North America, boosting its shares more than 1 percent in early trading.

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European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

WARSAW - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.

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GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa.

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Two-hour Arizona execution sparks calls for rethink on death penalty

PHOENIX - Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new calls on Thursday for the United States to abandon the death penalty. | Video

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Ukrainian prime minister quits, parties force new election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over an increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.