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Gaza toll passes 100; Israel to counter rockets 'with all power'

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An airstrike outside a family home early Saturday pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100 in four days of cross-border fighting as Israel showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire with the militants. | Video

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U.N. Security Council to vote Monday on Syria aid access resolution

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on a resolution to allow aid access at four border crossings into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent, said Western diplomats, who were hopeful Russia and China will support the move.

Syria, United Nations 8:28pm EDT

Brazil's leader sees no political fallout from World Cup defeat

BRASILIA - Brazil's humiliating defeat in the World Cup will have no impact on the elections in October, President Dilma Rousseff predicted on Friday as she prepares to hit the campaign trail to seek a second term.

Brazil 9:55pm EDT

Sri Lankan Muslim leader warns of radicalization after clashes

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Muslim minority could become radicalized and turn to foreign Islamic groups for support because of violent attacks on them by Buddhist hardliners, the island nation's main Muslim leader and justice minister said on Friday.

4:36pm EDT

Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage

TOKYO - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan on Saturday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but no reports of damage along the northeast coast that was ravaged by the catastrophic March 2011 tsunami.

Environment, Japan 6:05pm EDT

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

HAVANA - Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

Russia, Cuba 5:49pm EDT

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