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Short Gaza truce takes hold; many bodies pulled from rubble

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GAZA/JERUSALEM - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on Saturday to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold on the 19th day of their conflict. | Video

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

BRUSSELS - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. | Video

1:08pm BST

Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS/BAMAKO - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

World, Africa, Mali 12:01am BST

China denounces British parliament's inquiry into Hong Kong affairs

SHANGHAI - China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing.

6:04am BST

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia 'war zone'

TRIPOLI - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around Tripoli's largest airport, now at the heart of a standoff between the country's powerful militias.

World, Libya 25 Jul 2014

RBS privatisation prospects brighten after surprise profit

LONDON - Part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland boosted its chances of an earlier than expected return to private ownership, posting a surprise 1 billion pound ($1.7 billion) second-quarter profit as its painful restructuring begins to bear fruit. | Video

UK, 6:00am BST

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside

BAGHDAD - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders should show flexibility so that political deadlocks could be broken and Iraq could confront an insurgency.

World, Iraq, Middle East 25 Jul 2014

China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts

SHANGHAI - More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad.

6:19am BST

Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

BEIRUT - The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.

Syria, World, Middle East 25 Jul 2014

In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the centre of a food safety scare in China.

25 Jul 2014
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