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Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people. | Video

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Georgia's ruling party sweeps to victory in local election runoffs

TBILISI - Georgia's ruling Georgian Dream coalition has won a string of local election runoffs, cementing its control of local councils which had been the last powerbase of former president Mikheil Saakashvili's party.

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In Nigeria, Boko Haram-style violence radiates southwards

ABUJA - As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria's remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the more prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders.

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Berlin, Washington, Moscow and Markus R., the spy who walked in from the cold

BERLIN/WASHINGTON - For this year's Independence Day bash the U.S. embassy in Germany picked the historic Tempelhof airport where an allied air lift 66 years ago kept Berlin's citizens from starving during Soviet leader Josef Stalin's blockade.

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Iraqi factions hit new delay in forming government

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament failed on Sunday to break a political deadlock that is holding up the formation of a new government to tackle an Islamist-led insurgency raging less than 50 miles (80 km) from Baghdad.

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An embrace and a handshake: how John Kerry brokered peace between Afghan rivals

KABUL - It was late on Saturday evening in a fourth-floor room of the U.S. ambassador's residence in Kabul that the election crisis in Afghanistan that had threatened to divide the nation was staved off.

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