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Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.

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Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola

FREETOWN/ACCRA - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicentres of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa.

Health, Africa 9:18am EDT

Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets green light, but troubles remain

KABUL - The mammoth task of auditing eight million votes cast in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will restart on Saturday, the electoral commission said on Thursday, but disputes still hang over the process.

'Russian involvement' central to UK inquiry into ex-KGB agent's death

LONDON - Evidence which shows Russia was behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London will mostly be given in secret, the chairman of a public inquiry into his death said on Thursday.

Russia 8:45am EDT

Greek court ruling on migrant shootings causes outrage

ATHENS - A Greek court acquitted two men accused over the shooting of migrant farm workers who were demanding unpaid wages and gave two foremen suspended sentences in a ruling that prompted outrage from unions and rights groups on Thursday.

Greece 9:10am EDT

China trial of Uighur scholar within weeks, imam reported killed

BEIJING - A prominent ethnic Uighur professor from China's Xinjiang could be tried on separatism charges within weeks, his lawyer said on Thursday, as a senior pro-government Islamic leader was reported killed in turmoil in the region.

China 8:05am EDT

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