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U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700. | Video

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Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway: police

OSLO - Militant Islamists with fighting experience in Syria may be planning an attack in Norway in the coming days, police said on Thursday, as they deployed armed units at borders, airports and railway stations.

Norway, Syria 8:13am EDT

Two Finnish aid workers killed in western Afghanistan

KABUL - Two Finnish aid workers with an international Christian organization were shot dead on Thursday in Afghanistan's western city of Herat, officials said.

Afghanistan 8:00am EDT

Militants order female genital mutilation in Iraq: U.N.

GENEVA - Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

United Nations 8:46am EDT

European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

WARSAW - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.

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