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Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave.

Israeli military officials on January 18 touted the project as a major deterrent against a strategic threat since the last war against Hamas exposed the extent of the tunnels.

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President Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of maintaining the army’s capacity to intervene “everywhere in the world.”

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Large parts of the once vibrant old city are still abandoned and destroyed, as if time has stood still since the guns fell silent.

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United States oil production is booming and is forecast to top that of heavyweight Saudi Arabia and rival Russia this year, a global energy agency said Friday.

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This will be the first election without Robert Mugabe since Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980.

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Tensions soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts.


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Algeria and Morocco are increasingly popular points of departure for economical migrants and asylum-seekers, whose arrivals more than doubled last year along the hazardous Western Mediterranean passage into Europe.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between the White House and Palestinian leadership.

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Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill to reintegrate the country’s eastern territories that are currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, even supporting taking them back by military force if necessary.

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Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads January 17, in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off a slippery overpass into a Louisiana canal.

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The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.

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The descriptions are haunting.

Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins.

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A survey by the World Economic Forum found that more than nine in 10 experts are worried about worsening economic or political confrontation between world powers, amid a trend toward “charismatic strongman politics.”

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Three churches have been firebombed in Chile on the first full day of Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Including the latest fires, nine churches have been attacked in Chile since January 12.

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Turkey’s president denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this army of terror before it is born,” as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea.

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Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines’ most active volcano Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety. Police set up checkpoints to stop tourists from getting too close.

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Moscow sent a military unit to Crimea that includes its powerful S-400 ground-to-air missile defense system.

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When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family did not know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.

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Two suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for May.

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Tunisian authorities announced plans to boost aid to the needy in a bid to placate protesters whose demonstrations over price hikes degenerated into days of unrest across the North African nation, which is marking seven years on Sunday since its long-time autocratic ruler was driven into exile.

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More than half a billion people rely on the ocean for food and 350 million use it to make a living.

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The number of homeless living in Orange County, California, has climbed 8 percent over the last two years. In the United States, homelessness rose slightly in the last year to nearly 554,000, pushed up largely by increases on the West Coast.

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“You can’t sleep peacefully in so much darkness.”

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Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a preliminary agreement to enter formal coalition talks with a center-left party, but her prospective partner now faces a tough task to sell it to skeptical supporters.

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Governments from Washington to Moscow to New Delhi are uneasy that Beijing is trying to use its “Belt and Road” to develop a China-centered political structure that will erode their influence.

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The retailer said that changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the United States.

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Anger and frustration over the economy have been the main fuel for the eruption of protests that began on December 28.

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“We simply can’t keep taking on credit card debt forever without it causing major problems,” senior analyst Matt Schulz warned.

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