Truce crumbles as 40 killed in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began on Friday, with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and Israel accusing militants of violating the U.S.- and U.N.-brokered truce by firing rockets and mortars. | Video

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BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said on Friday the government held no expectations for a positive outcome at a court hearing in New York later in the day that will discuss the South American country's debt default.

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Islamic State imposes media controls in Syrian province

BEIRUT - Islamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria's Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said on Friday.

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Imam's killing in China may be aimed at making Muslim Uighurs choose sides

BEIJING - The murder of a state-backed imam in China's Xinjiang region underscores an escalation in 18 months of violence and could be part of a bid by extremists to persuade moderate Muslim Uighurs to turn against Beijing's controlled current of Islam.

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Congressman Cantor to resign seat early: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Gas blast in Taiwan kills 25, injures 267, topples buildings

KAOHSIUNG Taiwan - A series of explosions caused by a gas leak killed 25 people and injured 267 in Taiwan's second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting ablaze entire blocks and reducing small shops to rubble.