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Gaza gunmen execute 'collaborators'; mortar kills Israeli boy

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders. | Video

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Tens of thousands of Yemeni Houthis protest against govt in capital

SANAA - Tens of thousands of Yemenis massed in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies and resign.

Yemen 4:39pm EDT

U.N. says Syria death toll tops 190,000, rights envoy raps world powers

GENEVA - More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a U.N. report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable human catastrophe". | Video

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Witnesses in Bali suitcase murder say mother and daughter argued in lobby

DENPASAR Indonesia - An American woman whose body was found in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali and her daughter were seen arguing in the lobby of their hotel, police said on Friday, as a U.S. attorney headed to Indonesia to advise the teen.

Indonesia 3:30pm EDT

Mexico launches special police force to guard economic activity

MEXICO CITY - Mexico on Friday launched a scaled-back version of a new police force President Enrique Pena Nieto had vowed to create while on the campaign trail to safeguard businesses against rampant organized crime.

Mexico, Mexico Election 4:43pm EDT

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow headway: diplomats

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday, three days before a deadline for cooperation.

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