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Israel holds off on escalating Gaza barrage; West wants truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. | Video

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Germany's fear of 'chlorine chicken' complicates U.S. trade talks

BRUSSELS - Chancellor Angela Merkel once said she wished "for nothing more than a free-trade agreement between the USA and the EU".

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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off southern Philippines: USGS

MANILA - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of the southern Philippines on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Breakaway bull gores two men in closing Pamplona run

PAMPLONA Spain - A bull gored two men after breaking away from the pack and chasing them through the streets of Pamplona in the closing run of the San Fermin festival on Monday.

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Philippine leader's approval down on doubt over corruption effort

MANILA - Philippine President Benigno Aquino's performance ratings have plunged to their lowest ever, two independent pollsters said on Monday, as a perception grew that he is not serious enough in efforts to fight corruption.

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