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Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire moved ahead. | Video

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China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts

SHANGHAI - More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad.

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Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

U.S. business spending data gives mixed signals on growth

WASHINGTON - A mixed reading on the health of U.S. business investment on Friday suggested the economy may not have rebounded as strongly in the second quarter as previously believed, but it offered hope for the rest of 2014.

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Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS/BAMAKO - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

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Texas rolls out security surge for its border with Mexico

DALLAS - Texas has launched a law enforcement surge to crack down on drug and human trafficking from Mexico in a move that comes as the state is about to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, officials said on Friday.