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Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting. | Video

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Argentine debt talks down to the wire to avert default

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK - Argentina was in a race against time on Wednesday to cut a deal by the end of the day with holdout investors suing it and avert a default, as a surge in the country's bond prices fed optimism that an agreement was possible.

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U.S. private sector adds 218,000 jobs in July: ADP

NEW YORK - U.S. companies hired 218,000 workers in July, marking four straight month of private job growth above 200,000, but the figure fell short of what analysts projected and the previous month's level, a report by a payrolls processor released on Wednesday showed. Private job gains in June were 281,000, which was the strongest reading since November 2012. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that the ADPNational Employment Report would show a gain of 230,000 jobs. | Video

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Detroit drops post-bankruptcy monitor from exit plan

- Detroit has dropped the idea of having a court-appointed monitor keep an eye on its finances when it exits bankruptcy after determining the move was not needed, a city spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Temporary ceasefire in Tripoli, 75 bodies found in Benghazi

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI - Rival Libyan militias fighting for control of Tripoli's airport agreed to a temporary ceasefire on Wednesday to allow firefighters to try to control a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket.

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U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes 'dusty foot' Cubans

WASHINGTON/MIAMI - Yasel Lopez's journey to the United States was as harrowing as any endured by the thousands of people rounded up in recent months at the Mexican border - he survived days without food and water and the death of a companion on the three-week trip.

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

BEIRUT - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region.