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Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM - The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said. | Video

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Venezuela's world-famous 'vertical slum' may be demolished

CARACAS - An abandoned Caracas skyscraper dubbed the world's tallest shanty-town after a squatters' takeover could be demolished once its inhabitants are out, Venezuela's leader said on Wednesday.

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India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU - India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

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Central African Republic groups sign ceasefire after talks

BRAZZAVILLE - Central African Republic's mainly Muslim Seleka rebels signed a ceasefire with the "anti-balaka" Christian militia on Wednesday, after having dropped their demand for the country to be split in two along religious lines.

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Islamic State says carried out Baghdad suicide bombing

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an overnight suicide bombing in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which killed 33 people, one of the deadliest recent attacks in the Iraqi capital.

Iraq, Middle East 23 Jul 2014

U.N. chief names Danish diplomat new envoy to South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday named Danish diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj as his new special envoy to South Sudan and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the world's newest nation.

Africa 23 Jul 2014