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Gaza toll soars as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm.

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Army breaks up protests as Yemen raises fuel prices

SANAA - One woman was killed in protests that erupted in Sanaa on Wednesday after the Yemeni government announced a rise in fuel prices.

Yemen 30 Jul 2014

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 30 Jul 2014

El Salvador detains Spanish priest for smuggling cell phones into jail

SAN SALVADOR - El Salvadoran police detained a Spanish priest known for supporting a fragile gang truce over allegations he smuggled cell phones into jail, police said, a move questioned later on Wednesday by El Salvador's president.

Spain 30 Jul 2014

Shi'ite militia hangs up 15 executed Sunnis in Iraqi square

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

Iraq 30 Jul 2014

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.

30 Jul 2014

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