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Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday....

Israel, Hamas hold out for more gains in Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world's most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire....

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month....

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa - the largest ever recorded....

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels....

Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo....

State media: Car bomb in central Syria kills 7
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A car bomb exploded Sunday in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least seven people, the country's state news agency reported....

UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it....

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor....

Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination
GENOA, Italy (AP) -- The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped....

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