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Gaza gunmen execute 'collaborators'; mortar kills Israeli boy

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders. | Video

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Colombia army, rebels meet face-to-face at peace talks

HAVANA - Colombian military officers and leftist guerrillas met face-to-face on Friday for the first time in their 50-year war, starting talks on a ceasefire that would take hold should the government and the rebels reach a comprehensive peace agreement.

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Tens of thousands of Yemeni Houthis protest against govt in capital

SANAA - Tens of thousands of Yemenis massed in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies and resign.

Yemen 4:39pm EDT

European powers float idea of Gaza monitoring mechanism

UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday.

Witnesses in Bali suitcase murder say mother and daughter argued in lobby

DENPASAR Indonesia - An American woman whose body was found in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali and her daughter were seen arguing in the lobby of their hotel, police said on Friday, as a U.S. attorney headed to Indonesia to advise the teen.

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Mexico launches special police force to guard economic activity

MEXICO CITY - Mexico on Friday launched a scaled-back version of a new police force President Enrique Pena Nieto had vowed to create while on the campaign trail to safeguard businesses against rampant organized crime.

Mexico, Mexico Election 4:43pm EDT

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