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At least 15 dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school- Health Ministry

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750. | Video

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Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician president

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Masoum as president on Thursday, a long-awaited step in creating a new government capable of countering a Sunni Muslim insurgency.

10:27am EDT

Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year

GENEVA - Almost 100,000 boat people have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, a roughly 60 percent increase on the whole of last year, and about 800 have died in the attempt, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.

10:24am EDT

Germany to watch U.S. agents after spy scandal

BERLIN - Germany will step up its counter-espionage activity against some of its allies, government sources said on Thursday, after Berlin opened investigations into two men it suspects of spying for the United States.

Germany 10:00am EDT

Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis

INN DIN Myanmar - Visitors to the medical facility in one of Myanmar's poorest and most remote regions are greeted by a padlocked gate and a sign reading: "Clinic closed until further notice."

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

GENEVA - The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.

United Nations, Iraq 10:39am EDT

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