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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800


GAZA/JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. | Video

World, United Nations, Israel 11:51am EDT

EU reaches preliminary deal on Russia economic sanctions


BRUSSELS - European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details remained to be worked out, diplomats said. | Video

World, Russia 11:31am EDT

Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash


PARIS/BAMAKO - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

World, Africa, Mali 11:56am EDT

China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year


BEIJING - China investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first six months of 2014, state media said on Friday, amid a nationwide crackdown on graft.

World, China 4:22am EDT

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki - step aside


BAGHDAD - Iraq's senior cleric on Friday urged political leaders to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders should show flexibility so that political deadlocks could be broken and Iraq could confront militants.

World, Iraq 10:49am EDT

Turkey's Erdogan trumpets high-speed rail link as election looms


ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a $4 billion high-speed train link between Istanbul and Ankara on Friday, the latest in a series of "mega projects" he hopes will help him win a presidential election in a few weeks time.

11:20am EDT

Indonesia's Prabowo challenges election result at Constitutional Court


JAKARTA - Indonesia's losing candidate in this month's presidential election challenged the official result in the Constitutional Court on Friday.

World, Indonesia 10:36am EDT

Forensic team unable to say how South Korea ferry businessman died


SEOUL - South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank killing 304 people in April because there was too much tissue damage to his badly decomposed body.

World, South Korea 11:48am EDT

Rival to UK PM Cameron in 2015 vote says can win despite poor image


LONDON - The leader of Britain's opposition Labour party said on Friday he could win a national election next May, despite his perceived image problem, by focusing on big policy ideas rather than photo opportunities.

10:50am EDT

Ukraine faces bitter election in midst of conflict with Russia


KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister has launched what promises to be a bitter election campaign that could divide pro-Western parties and complicate their efforts to fight pro-Russian rebels in the country's east.

World, Russia 9:27am EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.