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Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid. | Video

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U.S. officials defend Kerry from Israeli criticism

WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials rallied to the defense of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday after withering criticism in Israel of Kerry's failed attempt to secure a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians.

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U.S. 'disappointed' Netherlands released Venezuelan wanted over drugs

WASHINGTON - The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday.

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Lloyds not off hook yet after $370 million Libor fines

LONDON - Lloyds Banking Group could face further punishment after agreeing to pay fines totaling $370 million for its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and for attempting to manipulate fees for a government lending scheme to help banks.

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Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

TRIPOLI - A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. | Video

World, United Nations, Libya 5:06pm EDT
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Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

- Firefighters began to gain the upper hand on Monday against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and blackened nearly six square miles in the drought-parched foothills east of Sacramento, officials said.

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U.N. blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters, under thousands of tonnes of sugar.