Gaza dead reach 78 as Israelis hint at invasion

GAZA/JERUSALEM - At least 78 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday as militants in the enclave kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities. | Video

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Man charged with murder in Texas shooting deaths of six

SPRING Texas - A man was charged with capital murder on Thursday in the shooting deaths of four children and their parents at the suburban Houston home of his former wife's relatives to which he gained access disguised as a FedEx driver, police said. | Video

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China, U.S. to boost security ties, but no breakthroughs

BEIJING - China and the United States agreed on Thursday to boost military ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during high-level annual talks in Beijing, but there was little immediate sign of progress on thorny cyber-security or maritime issues.

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Chinese hackers pursue key data on U.S. workers: NYT

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Kerry faces uphill battle to defuse Afghan election standoff

KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive to a sceptical audience in Afghanistan this week to try to resolve a deepening crisis over a disputed presidential election which has stirred ethnic tensions in the fragile country.

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Lawmakers eye U.S. immigration law changes for Central American children

WASHINGTON - Legislation to allow President Barack Obama more easily to deport thousands of Central American children who have migrated illegally appeared to gain steam in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as pressure grew to resolve a humanitarian crisis on the border.