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21 Palestinians killed as Israel pounds Gaza on Wednesday

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli fire killed at least 21 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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Bombs in Syria's Aleppo kill 13 pro-Assad fighters: monitor

BEIRUT - Opposition forces in Syria exploded bombs in tunnels under Aleppo late on Tuesday and killed at least 13 fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the northern city, a group tracking the violence said.

Syria 10:52pm 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 6:36pm EDT

No safe haven in China's corruption crackdown: People's Daily

SHANGHAI - China will not allow exceptions in its corruption crackdown, its main official newspaper said on Wednesday, a day after news of a probe into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of China's most influential politicians of the last decade.

8:55pm EDT

Colombia's Santos says FARC attacks could end peace process

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

10:15pm EDT

Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine

MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm.

Russia 2:13pm EDT

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