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Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, the military said, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire. | Video

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South Korean teens tell how they were left to escape sinking ferry

ANSAN South Korea - Six teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years told on Monday how classmates helped them float free as water flooded their cabins despite crew instructions to stay put even as their ferry sank, killing more than 300 people.

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Family of five found shot dead in Maine home: police

BOSTON - Five members of a family, including three children, were found shot dead at their southern Maine home on Sunday, with a gun located near one of the bodies and no outside involvement suspected, a police spokesman said.

27 Jul 2014

More than 50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI - At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said. | Video

World, United Nations, Libya 27 Jul 2014

Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

TANMEN China - On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he's fishing in the disputed South China Sea. | Video

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In Ukraine's east, Soviet-style economy withers under onslaught

DONETSK/KIEV - After pro-Russian rebels took 720 kg of explosives, 360 detonators and almost 1 km of wiring, the Skochinskiy coal mine, an ageing stalwart of the economy in Ukraine's Donbass region, was put out of action.