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Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, the military said, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire. | Video

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Islamist militants kill 18 civilians in Philippines

MANILA - Islamist militants in the Philippines killed 18 people on Monday in revenge for their clan's support of government efforts to bring stability to the resource-rich region and the military warned of more bloodshed.

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South Korean teens tell how they were left to escape sinking ferry

ANSAN South Korea - Six teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years told on Monday how classmates helped them float free as water flooded their cabins despite crew instructions to stay put even as their ferry sank, killing more than 300 people.

South Korea 4:03am EDT

China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq

BEIJING - Muslim extremists from China's far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China's special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday.

China, Iraq 2:57am EDT

Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.

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Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Australia limbo could sue government

SYDNEY - The fate of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea for almost a month before being brought to a detention center in Australia was stuck in limbo on Monday, as lawyers for the detainees said they might sue the government for illegal imprisonment.

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