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Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says, as death toll nears 850

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward. | Video

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U.S. tells Pakistan: Do not let Haqqani fighters resettle

ASPEN Colorado - The U.S. government urged Pakistan on Friday to prevent displaced Haqqani militants from returning to their traditional sanctuary after a Pakistani military offensive near the Afghanistan border.

Afghanistan 7:05pm EDT

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia 'war zone'

TRIPOLI - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around Tripoli's largest airport, now at the heart of a standoff between the country's powerful militias.

Libya 6:49pm EDT

Islamic State kills Syrian soldiers, captures parts of base: group

BEIRUT - Fighters from al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State killed at least 50 Syrian army soldiers and took over parts of their base on Friday outside the northern city of Raqqa, as the radicals escalated their attacks on government forces, a monitoring group said.

Syria 6:32pm EDT

Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

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Obama calls Afghan candidates as vote recount drags on

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday called Afghanistan's presidential candidates who are fighting over who won a June 14 election and urged them to maintain national unity during a vote recount and transition, the White House said.

Afghanistan 4:09pm EDT

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