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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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Iraq lays claim to Kurdish crude cargo in Texas court

HOUSTON - Iraq filed suit on Monday in a Texas court to gain control of a cargo of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan that Baghdad says was sold without its permission.

World, Iraq 28 Jul 2014

Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak

LAGOS - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

Health, Africa 28 Jul 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban

- A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage.

U.S., Subjects, Gay Marriage 28 Jul 2014

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.

Politics, Israel 28 Jul 2014
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Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

- A private drone trying to film a wildfire that has charred nearly six square miles in Northern California briefly disrupted firefighting efforts, although workers had gained the upper hand against the blaze, officials said on Monday.

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Doomed South Korean ferry boss's driver turns himself in

SEOUL - The driver of the South Korean businessman wanted over the sinking of a ferry that killed more than 300 people in April turned himself in on Tuesday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the man's final days after the disaster.