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Obama offers US help negotiating Israel cease-fire

Washington (AP) – President Barack Obama offered the help of the United States on Thursday in negotiating a cease-fire to end escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, as world leaders warned of an urgent need to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could engulf the fragile region. In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

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California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

Oakland, California (AP) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland said Liew, a naturalized U.S. citizen, […]

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UN agency: Seized Iraq nuclear material is no risk

United Nations (AP) – The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that nuclear material seized by the Islamic State extremist group when it overran the Iraqi city of Mosul is “low grade” and doesn’t pose “a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk.” International Atomic Energy Agency spokesman Gill Tudor was responding to a letter from […]

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2 rivals both claim victory in Indon presidential election

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) – After Indonesia’s hotly contested presidential election ended with both sides declaring victory, front-running candidate Joko Widodo called on his supporters to refrain from celebrating out of fear that it could incite violence by his rival’s supporters while the nation waits for official results. According to the three most reputable quick-count surveys, […]

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Kiev promises ‘restraint’ as army nears rebels

Lugansk, Ukraine — Rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine braced for more fighting on Thursday as Western leaders piled pressure on Kiev to strike a truce with pro-Russian separatists. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone call urged the Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko to move toward a political solution and said […]

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China seeks counter-terror experts: report

Beijing– China is recruiting foreign experts in counter-terrorism to assist the training of anti-terror personnel, state-run media reported Thursday, following a spate of deadly attacks which authorities blame on Islamist-inspired separatists. The People’s Public Security University of China will offer visiting professorships to top specialists in the field from countries including the United States, Israel, […]

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Indonesia poll deadlock: Court may decide new president

Jakarta, Indonesia – A day after Indonesia’s presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta’s police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world’s third-largest democracy could be decided in court. Wednesday’s third direct presidential vote went […]

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Israel air strikes on Gaza kill 20

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories– Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 20 people on Thursday including four women and four children, medics said, on the third day of a widening military operation. The deaths bring to 70 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel on Tuesday launched Operation Protective Edge to halt rocket fire […]

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Schaeuble slams ‘stupidity’ of alleged US spying

Berlin – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Thursday accused the United States of “stupidity” over reports of alleged US spying on its European ally. Schaeuble’s unusually frank comment came after German authorities said Wednesday they were investigating the second case in less than a week of possible US spy activities in Germany. Schaeuble acknowledged […]

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Chinese hackers accessed US govt computers: report

Washington - Chinese hackers accessed US government computers containing personal information on all federal employees, the New York Times reported Thursday. The hacking occurred in March and the perpetrators appeared to be targeting the files of people who had applied for top-security clearances, the Times said, quoting senior US officials. The report came as US Secretary […]

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