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Gaza dead reach 78 as Israelis hint at invasion

GAZA/JERUSALEM - At least 78 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday as militants in the enclave kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities. | Video

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U.S. imposes sanctions on Lebanese firm for Hezbollah ties

WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday imposed financial sanctions on a Lebanese consumer electronics company, saying it purchased supplies used to develop military drones for the militant Hezbollah movement.

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Libya prepares to move parliament to Benghazi

BENGHAZI Libya - Libyan authorities signaled on Thursday they would press ahead with plans to move the country's parliament to the eastern port city of Benghazi despite a collapse in law and order there.

Libya 5:09pm EDT

Crime spree helps Pakistani Taliban squirrel away cash before raids begin

PESHAWAR Pakistan - In the months before Pakistan jets began pounding Taliban hideouts in the lawless border region near Afghanistan, militants were busily conducting an unprecedented wave of kidnapping and extortion, stockpiling cash for the fight ahead.

Afghanistan 7:20pm EDT

Brazil's Rousseff lets Obama off the hook for NSA spying

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff said the Obama administration was not directly responsible for U.S. spying on Brazil and has taken steps toward smoothing over the diplomatic tensions set off by espionage disclosures last year.

Brazil 5:04pm EDT

Police rescue 165 kidnapped migrants in Mexican border state

MEXICO CITY - Mexican state police rescued 165 migrants who had been kidnapped while traveling to the United States in the crime-ridden border state of Tamaulipas, authorities said on Thursday.

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