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Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. | Video

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Argentina defaults but investors see eventual deal possible

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina defaulted for the second time in 12 years after last-ditch talks with what it called "vulture" creditors failed, though debt insurance prices on Thursday suggested investors believed a deal could eventually be reached.

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EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet

BRUSSELS - The European Union formally adopted sanctions on Thursday curbing arms sales to Russia and cutting off financing for targeted banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.

World, Russia 10:46am EDT

Big U.S. banks' funding advantage reduced, could rise in crisis: official

WASHINGTON - The biggest U.S. banks' borrowing cost advantage over smaller competitors appears to have been reduced or eliminated since the 2007-2009 financial meltdown but could return in a crisis situation, a U.S. government official said on Thursday.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds collective bargaining law

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's collective bargaining reforms, which prompted protests from organized labor, do not violate the free speech and equal protection rights of public sector union workers, the state's supreme court ruled on Thursday.

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Heavy shelling, clashes resume in Libya's Tripoli

TRIPOLI - Heavy shelling resumed on Thursday in southern Tripoli where rival militia brigades were battling for control of the capital's main airport in some of the worst clashes since the 2011 revolt which ousted Muammar Gaddafi.