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Israel threatens ‘painful’ strike against Hamas in Gaza

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Jerusalem, Oct 14 (AP) - Israel's prime minister is threatening "very painful blows" against Gaza's Hamas rulers if they don't halt protests along the perimeter fence that have led to clashes with Israeli troops.
Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is very close to waging a "different kind of activity" against the Islamic militants. He says "if it has any sense, Hamas will cease its fire and violent outbursts - now."
Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza...
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Iran’s president seeks to downplay US oil sanctions

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Tehran, Oct 14 (AP) - Iran's president on Sunday tried to downplay U.S. sanctions targeting the country's vital oil and gas sector that are set to be restored next month.
Speaking in Tehran University to mark the start of the academic year, Hassan Rouhani said the Nov. 4 sanctions "will have no...
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Still no US ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, Turkey amid crisis

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Washington, Oct 13 (AP) - The disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrown the large number of diplomatic vacancies under President Donald Trump into the spotlight - notably in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It's a gap the...
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Tech stock rally helps snap losing streak as rough week ends

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New York, Oct 13 (AP) - Stocks rebounded Friday, clawing back some of the week's steep losses, but the turbulent trading of the last few days left no doubt that the relative calm the markets enjoyed all summer had been shattered.
Major U.S. indexes ended the week down about 4 percent, their worst...
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11 killed in crash of car carrying migrants in Greece

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Thessaloniki, Oct 13 (AP) - A speeding car carrying migrants collided with a truck in northern Greece on Saturday, killing 11 people, police said.
Ten of the victims were believed to be migrants who crossed into the Greece from Turkey. The 11th person was the car's driver and a suspected migrant...
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