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Israel presses Gaza offensive, kills eight in air strike: officials

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli air strikes killed eight members of a family including five children in a pre-dawn raid on Gaza on Thursday, Palestinian officials said, while Hamas-led fighters launched rockets at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. | Video

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Son of local hero bids to lead Slovenia to limited makeover

LJUBLJANA - Miro Cerar may be a newcomer to politics, but he is already a household name to the 2 million people of Slovenia, the euro zone state whose fragile economy he will have to nurture if he wins an election on Sunday.

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Mexican train derails, stranding 1,300 migrants headed toward U.S.

MEXICO CITY - A cargo train used by Mexicans and Central Americans to travel toward the U.S. border derailed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Wednesday, stranding about 1,300 migrants, emergency services said.

U.S. 09 Jul 2014

Ukraine threatens to retake territory from defiant rebels

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

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Japan denies report on North Korea's abduction survivor list

TOKYO - Japan on Thursday denied as "sheer misreporting" a front page newspaper story that North Korea had provided a list of some 30 Japanese survivors still living in the isolated country, including known victims of state-sponsored kidnapping.

Japan, North Korea 09 Jul 2014

Australian immigration minister visits Jaffna, no talks with Tamil groups

COLOMBO - Australia's immigration minister, defending Canberra's policy of turning back boats of asylum seekers, visited a focal point of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war against Tamil separatists, but came under fire for meeting no Tamil political or civil groups.

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