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Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT - Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war. | Video

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Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says

HAVANA - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met with him told official Cuban media on Wednesday.

Cuba, Brazil 6:44pm EST

Coroner promises quick probe into deaths of Sydney siege hostages

SYDNEY - An Australian state coroner promised a quick investigation into the deaths of two hostages and a gunman during a siege at a Sydney cafe as he opened the formal inquiry on Thursday.

Australia 7:08pm EST

Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting

MOSCOW - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.

Russia 5:32pm EST

Owner of gun that killed Argentine prosecutor emerges from hiding

BUENOS AIRES - The man who lent an Argentine prosecutor the gun that killed him the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president emerged from hiding on Wednesday, saying the investigator feared for his family's life.

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Snowden files show Canada spy agency runs global Internet watch: CBC

OTTAWA - Canada's electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday.

Tech, Brazil 6:55pm EST

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