Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. | Video

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Jaded Argentines brace for looming debt default

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U.S. judge signs order to seize Kurdish oil from tanker off Texas

HOUSTON - Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge has signed an order telling the U.S. Marshals Service to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker off the Texas coast, court filings showed on Tuesday.

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U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

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Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

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South Korea ferry boss's driver turns himself in

INCHEON South Korea - The driver of a South Korean businessman wanted over the sinking of a ferry that killed 304 in April turned himself in on Tuesday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the man's final days after the country's worst maritime disaster in 44 years.