Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people. | Video

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Iraqi factions hit new delay in forming government

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament failed on Sunday to break a political deadlock that is holding up the formation of a new government to tackle an Islamist-led insurgency raging less than 50 miles (80 km) from Baghdad.

World, United Nations, Iraq 12:06pm EDT

Renzi struggling to rein in Italy's big-spending state

ROME - Carlo Cottarelli left a high-level job at the International Monetary Fund last year to help the Italian government cut high public spending. Nine months on, the craggy 59-year-old economist and newly minted "spending commissioner" has made little headway.

World, Italy, IMF 12:10pm EDT

Charting a path to 'normalization'

BRUSSELS - Investors shift focus this coming week from trouble spots such as Portugal's biggest listed bank to a marathon testimony by the U.S. Fed chair that could help chart a global path towards post-crisis "normalization".

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Boko Haram leader claims blast in Nigeria's Lagos: AFP

ABUJA - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for two explosions on June 25 at a fuel depot in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, AFP reported on Sunday, which, if true, would be the first recorded attack on the city by the militants.

World, Africa 12:12pm EDT

An embrace and a handshake: how John Kerry brokered peace between Afghan rivals

KABUL - It was late on Saturday evening in a fourth-floor room of the U.S. ambassador's residence in Kabul that the election crisis in Afghanistan that had threatened to divide the nation was staved off.