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Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. | Video

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Iraqi Kurds, battling Islamist threat, press Washington for arms

WASHINGTON - The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their region, Kurdish and U.S. officials said.

World, Iraq 31 Jul 2014

Tesla expects to boost 2015 output to more than 60,000

DETROIT - Tesla Motors Inc, the California-based maker of luxury electric cars, said it expects to build more than 60,000 cars in 2015, after spending heavily this year to update and expand its Fremont assembly plant.

31 Jul 2014

Disappointment, uncertainty after India blocks WTO trade deal

SYDNEY/GENEVA - Several member states of the World Trade Organisation voiced frustration after India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

31 Jul 2014

EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks

BRUSSELS - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.

World, Russia 31 Jul 2014
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Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts.