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Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting. | Video

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Trial over Malaysian plane crash not likely at ICC: Dutch

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands or Malaysia is likely to try those responsible for the downing in Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, not the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Dutch said on Wednesday.

1:00pm EDT

Spanish, Catalan leaders stand ground in independence tussle

MADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan President Artur Mas failed to break the deadlock over Catalonia's independence drive on Wednesday, both standing firm on their positions when they met for the first time in a year.

Spain 12:20pm EDT

U.S. bars Venezuelan officials accused of abuses in protests

WASHINGTON/CARACAS - Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States on Wednesday after accusing them of abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this spring.

Politics, Venezuela 12:36pm EDT

Earthquake of magnitude 5.7 reported off Papua New Guinea: USGS

- An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 was recorded off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Africa 12:56pm EDT

Iraqi militias execute, hang 15 people: police

BAGHDAD - Shi'ite militia forces executed 15 Sunni Muslims and then hung them by electricity poles in a public square in a town northeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

12:28pm EDT

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