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Gaza toll passes 100; Israel to counter rockets 'with all power'

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An airstrike outside a family home early Saturday pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100 in four days of cross-border fighting as Israel showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire with the militants. | Video

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Kurds seize Iraq oilfields, ministers pull out of government

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK - Kurdish forces seized two oilfields in northern Iraq and took over operations from a state-run oil company on Friday, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their participation in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government.

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U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds in talks to buy rival Lorillard

LONDON - U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would reshape one of the world's biggest and most profitable tobacco markets, the companies said on Friday.

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Portugal's PM tries to soothe investors; BES says can cover any losses

LISBON - Portugal's government and central bank assured investors on Friday that the southern European country's financial system was sound, aiming to quell worry about the spillover effects of trouble at the Espirito Santo business empire. | Video

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Iran preparing to start plant needed for interim nuclear deal: sources

VIENNA - Iran has taken preparatory action to start up a uranium conversion plant it needs to fulfil an interim nuclear agreement reached with six world powers last year before the accord expires this month, diplomatic sources said.

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Obama administration warns money low to deal with migrant crisis

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration warned lawmakers on Thursday that U.S. border control agencies would run out of money and migrant children would run out of beds if Congress did not approve $3.7 billion in funds to address an influx of people from Central America.

U.N. Security Council to vote Monday on Syria aid access resolution

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on a resolution to allow aid access at four border crossings into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent, said Western diplomats, who were hopeful Russia and China will support the move.