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Pressure for ceasefire grows in week-old Gaza war

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel held back on Monday from a threatened escalation of attacks on the northern Gaza Strip and no Palestinian rockets streaked towards Tel Aviv, but elsewhere fighting continued unabated despite growing pressure for a ceasefire. | Video

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Court puts off execution of two men convicted of 2012 Delhi rape

NEW DELHI - India's top court on Monday stayed the execution of two men convicted of the murder of a woman who was gang-raped and tortured on a bus in New Delhi, pending their appeal, their lawyer said, in a case that caused nationwide outrage.

10:07am EDT

Iraqi slaughter swells crowded Shi'ite cemetery

NAJAF Iraq - Responding to an appeal from Shi'ite clerics, Salah al-Wa'ili signed up earlier this month with a militia near Baghdad fighting the Islamist insurgents who have swept through northern Iraq and threatened the capital.

United Nations, Iraq 6:48am EDT

Islamic State expels rivals from Syria's Deir al-Zor: activists

BEIRUT - Al Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State expelled rival rebels from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Monday, tightening its grip on the oil-producing province abutting territory it also controls in Iraq, activists said.

Syria 9:30am EDT

Shanghai most likely headquarters for BRICS development bank

NEW DELHI - Shanghai looks set to become the headquarters of a development bank being launched by the BRICS emerging market nations, despite fears by some members of the group that China could hijack the bank to serve its interests.

China 8:38am EDT

Sri Lanka court keeps five in Australia asylum case in detention

GALLE Sri Lanka - A Sri Lankan court on Monday ordered that five suspected ringleaders of a people-smuggling operation remain in custody for two more weeks, in a case that has fueled controversy over Australia's tough line on immigration.

Australia, Tony Abbott 7:57am EDT

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