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Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry steps up diplomatic push

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. | Video

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Iraq postpones vote for president, delaying power-sharing deal

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament postponed voting for the country's president on Wednesday, delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni uprising.

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Indonesian president-elect Jokowi calls for unity after bitter election

JAKARTA - Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election on Tuesday, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world's third largest democracy. | Video

Indonesia 7:49am EDT

Iran nuclear talks to resume in early September: state TV

DUBAI - Iran said on Wednesday nuclear talks with six world powers would resume in early September, according to state television, after both sides agreed to continue talking for four more months to try to reach a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

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Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair

BEIRUT - Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war, Syrian state television reported on Wednesday.

United Nations, Syria 7:53am EDT

Wrecked Concordia finally headed for scrapyard after massive salvage operation

GIGLIO ISLAND Italy - The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where it capsized two years ago, killing 32 people.

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