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Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. | Video

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Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. | Video

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Thai junta gives security forces majority in interim legislature

BANGKOK - Thailand's junta on Thursday named more than 120 active and retired members of the security forces in an interim legislature of 200 people, as it seeks to keep tight control over the body it will task with enacting sweeping reforms.

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Turks abroad begin voting in landmark presidential election

BERLIN - Turks in Germany streamed into Berlin's Olympic stadium on Thursday, seizing the chance to vote from abroad for the first time in an election Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make him Turkey's first directly-elected president.

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Russia bans Ukraine's soy, mulls ban on Greek fruit, U.S. poultry

MOSCOW/ATHENS - Russia has banned soy imports from Ukraine and may impose restrictions on Greek fruits and U.S. poultry next week, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, in what could be responses to new Western sanctions.

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