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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. | Video

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Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet

BANGKOK - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery.

Thailand 5:02pm EDT

U.N. rights chief rebukes Security Council for failures to act

UNITED NATIONS - Outgoing U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay rebuked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and security.

United Nations 3:14pm EDT

Kuwait releases detained cleric suspected of financing militants

KUWAIT - Kuwaiti authorities on Thursday released a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric they had detained the previous day after the United States put him on a sanctions list over suspicions he funded militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer told Reuters.

United Nations 2:28pm EDT

'Terrorists' help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

MAKHMUR Iraq - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

Iraq 12:16pm EDT

Pakistani protest leader says talks with government suspended

ISLAMABAD - An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday, as the continuing impasse raised fears for the nuclear-armed country's stability.

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