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At least 43 Palestinians killed as Israel maintains pressure on Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli fire killed at least 43 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday as the Jewish state said it targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal. | Video

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Exclusive: China's Xi reached deal with former leaders to investigate ex-security chief: sources

BEIJING - Two influential former Chinese leaders gave their consent for President Xi Jinping to investigate ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, sources told Reuters, a sign the corruption probe will not open a rift in the ruling Communist Party.

2:33am EDT

Three killed in car bomb in Cairo: Egyptian state-run television

CAIRO - Three people were killed in a car bomb blast in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt's state-run Nile Television said on Wednesday.

Egypt 2:48am EDT

U.S. judge says cannot seize Kurdish crude for now

HOUSTON - A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.

Iraq 1:50am EDT

Colombia president says 'demented' FARC attacks could end peace talks

BOGOTA - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos warned on Tuesday that continuing attacks perpetrated by leftist FARC guerrillas, many of which target infrastructure, could bring an end to peace negotiations with the government.

12:02am EDT

Control of assembly, reform plans at stake in South Korea by-elections

SEOUL - South Korean voters in 15 districts chose lawmakers on Wednesday in by-elections that could determine whether President Park Geun-hye's ruling party can retain a majority to push through her economic stimulus policy and regulatory reform.

South Korea 2:28am EDT

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