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White House: Israel has right to defend itself

Posted: 01/02/2009 - The White House won't comment on a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel. But spokesman Gordon Johndroe says Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks from Hamas, and says the militant group must stop firing its missiles.

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UN: At least 100 civilians dead in Gaza

Posted: 01/02/2009 - A United Nations official estimates that at least a quarter of the 400 Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip are civilians.

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Danish police arrest man in mall shooting

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Danish police say they have arrested a man of Palestinian descent on suspicion of shooting and wounding two Israelis at a shopping mall.

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Israeli minister: Gaza decisions made day-by-day

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says any Israeli decision to end fighting in Gaza will depend on a daily assessment of its military operations against the militant Islamic group Hamas.

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54 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Rescue workers say at least 54 New Year's revelers have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in the Thai capital.

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Police arrest Shiite cult leader in Iraq

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Police in Basra have announced the arrest of a leading figure in a messianic Shiite cult that has battled with Iraqi and U.S. forces.

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Saudi FM criticizes Palestinians

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister is blaming "Palestinian divisions" for Israel's onslaught on Gaza.

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Reports: Ukraine, Russia at impasse in gas dispute

Posted: 12/31/2008 - The chance of a deal to avert a New Year's Day shutoff of Russian gas to Ukraine is waning with talks showing no sign of progress as the midnight deadline approaches.

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Venezuela reduces dollar allowance for travelers

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Venezuela has cut in half the dollar allowance that Venezuelan travelers are permitted to spend abroad on their credit cards, reducing the amount from $5,000 to $2,500 a year.

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Israeli official: Temporary truce possible

Posted: 12/30/2008 - There's word that Israel is considering suspending its Gaza air strikes to give Hamas militants a chance to halt their rocket attacks.

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Ukraine says it will pay off gas debt

Posted: 12/30/2008 - Ukraine's gas company Naftogaz says it will pay up to $2 billion to settle its debt for Russian gas imports and avoid a threatened cutoff of natural gas deliveries.

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Mexico calls off search for cruise passenger

Posted: 12/30/2008 - Mexican authorities have suspended their search for a Florida woman who apparently fell from a ship balcony during a Christmas week cruise.

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