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Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says as death toll nears 850

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel rejected on Friday international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, but is discussing changes to the truce plan with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a government source said. | 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.

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Kenyan police kill two men suspected of planning ferry attack

MOMBASA Kenya - Kenyan police said on Friday they shot and killed two armed men suspected of planning an attack on a ferry in the port city of Mombasa after one of them tried to hurl a grenade at approaching police.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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