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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

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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

Syrian air strike kills 20 rebels on Lebanese border: sources

BEIRUT - A Syrian Air Force strike on the border with Lebanon killed around 20 Syrian rebel fighters on Friday, security sources said, in the latest spillover of violence into the area.

2:00pm EDT

Turkey says suspends operations in Libya embassy due to security woes

ISTANBUL - Operations at Turkey's Tripoli embassy will be suspended due to worsening security situation in Libya, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the embassy in the capital could be evacuated.

Libya 1:30pm EDT

Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt to appeal: family

SYDNEY - (This story corrects headline to reflect single journalist; corrects paragraph one to show Peter Greste family said he will appeal; adds paragraphs 6 and 7 statement from Mohamed Fahmy's brother that Fahmy has not yet decided to appeal)

Egypt 1:36pm 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.

South Korea 11:48am EDT

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