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Israeli strikes kill more Palestinians; rocket causes huge blaze in Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn on Friday, raising the death toll from the four day offensive to at least 85, while a Palestinian rocket hit a fuel tanker at an Israeli petrol station causing a huge blaze. | Video

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Russia likely to prolong asylum for fugitive Snowden: Interfax

MOSCOW - Russia will most probably extend former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden's temporary asylum on the grounds that "his life is endangered", an official close to the country's Federal Migration Service (FMS) was quoted as saying on Friday.

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Taliban hideouts revealed as Pakistan army seizes militant redoubt

MIRANSHAH PAKISTAN - The Pakistani Taliban have abandoned their last key stronghold and booby traps and explosives littering their hideouts now present the main danger to the soldiers who control the territory, military officials say.

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India's Modi accepts invitation to meet Obama

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Barack Obama in September, as Washington seeks to court the Asian giant's new government and revive strained relations between the world's two largest democracies.

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Turkey says Israel's Gaza offensive threatens rapprochement

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israeli bombardment of Gaza was blocking efforts to patch up relations undermined by a 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on a Turkish ship that had been challenging its blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Israel 8:26am EDT

Russian lawmaker says son, detained by U.S., needs medicine

MOSCOW - A Russian lawmaker said on Friday his son, accused by the United States of hacking into U.S. retailers' computer systems, could die in detention if he does not receive medical treatment.

Russia 8:20am EDT

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