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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group's military leadership after a failed attempt on the life of its top commander this week. | Video

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Scottish nationalists look to broaden independence debate beyond currency

EDINBURGH - With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.

7:45am EDT

Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

LONDON - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand - and she started to wear a headscarf.

6:51am EDT

Hong Kong democracy stalemate sets stage for possible financial district shutdown

SHENZHEN China - Chinese officials and Hong Kong democrats failed on Thursday to resolve a standoff over political reforms in the freewheeling former British colony, a deadlock that could end up shutting down the city's financial district next month.

7:42am EDT

Mramor set to return as Slovenian finance minister, new coalition taking shape

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's next ruling party picked former finance minister Dusan Mramor on Thursday to head the finance ministry in a new center-left government that is due to be formed within weeks and aims to steer the euro zone member out of its economic crisis.

Euro Zone 8:09am EDT

Thai junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament

BANGKOK - Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics. | Video

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