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at 08:40 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

Gunmen in 10 SUVs seize Sunni head of Baghdad Provincial Council

BAGHDAD - Gunmen travelling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previously been jailed on terrorism charges from his home in Baghdad, police officers said Saturday.

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at 08:39 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

Russia says new EU sanctions will weaken fight against international terrorism

MOSCOW - Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia's alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

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at 08:39 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

Foreign ministers call for an extension of the Gaza Strip 12-hour cease-fire

PARIS - Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

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at 08:34 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

During brief lull in fighting, residents return to neighbourhoods, find massive destruction

BAYT ?ANUN, Palestine - Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.

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at 08:33 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff to Tunisia as security deteriorates in Tripoli

WASHINGTON - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighbouring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

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at 00:23 on July 26, 2014, EDT.

Arizona's McCain says execution of inmate was torture; lawmakers doubt changes will be made

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Sen. John McCain says he believes the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.

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