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Palestinians take shelter at the United Nations school after they fled their homes in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening offensive that has killed more than 160 Palestinians. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel briefly deployed troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as some 4,000 people fled southward from the northern part of the territory in the face of Israeli threats to step up attacks there.


2014-07-13 09:00:11 -0600

Iraqi parliament's acting speaker Mahdi al-Hafidh, center, attends the first session of parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Iraq's new parliament ended its inaugural session Tuesday after failing to make any progress in choosing a new prime minister even as the country faces a militant blitz that threatens to rip it apart and a spike in violence that made June the deadliest month in at least two years. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country.


2014-07-13 09:49:09 -0600
Deadly clashes raged Sunday around Libya's main international airport, closing in down, as Islamist militia attacked liberal rivals in their Tripoli bastion, in an intensifying power struggle. Exchanges of fire with heavy weapons forced the closure of Tripoli airport, as foreign ministers from the North African nation's neighbours were to meet later in Tunisia to consider how to aid chaos-riddled Libya. The assault on the Zintan group by rival Islamist militants also came after the UN pulled staff from Libya citing security reasons, and as the United States warned of further escalation. An airport official said "rockets struck inside the airport perimeter around 6 am (0400 GMT)", followed by heavy clashes between the Zintan militia which controls the airport and rival gunmen.
2014-07-13 07:14:27 -0600