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Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

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GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.

Top News, World, Israel 3:45pm IST

U.S. missionary jailed in North Korea feels "abandoned" - paper

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SEOUL - A U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea since 2012 has said he feels abandoned by his government and has appealed again for help in securing his release, a pro-North Korea newspaper reported on Thursday.

2:59pm IST

Dutch, Australian experts attempt to reach Ukraine crash site

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AMSTERDAM - Experts from the Netherlands and Australia tried on Thursday to reach the crash site in eastern Ukraine of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after several failed attempts this week.

12:08pm IST

China takes step at openness, allows foreigners at defence briefing

BEIJING - China's Defence Ministry allowed foreign media for the first time on Thursday to attend its monthly news conference in another step towards increasing transparency, though the briefing yielded little concrete news.

4:13pm IST

Ukraine assembly rejects premier's resignation, backs laws

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KIEV - Ukrainian parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday after approving legislation he said was needed to boost spending on the army and avoid a default.

4:17pm IST

U.N. religion expert concerned over 'interrupted' Vietnam visit

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HANOI - A U.N. expert expressed worry on Thursday over "serious violations" of religious freedom in Vietnam following a fact-finding mission he said was interrupted by surveillance, harassment and intimidation.

3:21pm IST

Marine Le Pen could knock out Socialists in French president race - poll

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PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen would reach the final round of a presidential election if voters were to vote now, winning more votes than any mainstream party in the first round, a poll showed on Thursday.

4:18pm IST

Food supplies cut to rebel stronghold in east Ukraine

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KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Food supplies have been cut to the rebel stronghold of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine during a military offensive on the city by government forces, local officials said on Thursday.

3:06pm IST

Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread

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LONDON - For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread.

4:10pm IST

Ex-aide to Queen Elizabeth's husband charged with sex offences

LONDON - A former aide to Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, has been charged with sex offences against a girl in the 1970s, a period he was working for the royal family, prosecutors said on Thursday.

2:20pm IST