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Poor numbers in Italy rise to over 16%
Monday, July 14, 2014

ROME, July 14 -- 2014: The number of poor people in Italy rose to 10.48 million people -- or 16.6 pe cent of the population -- last year, Italy's official data agency Istat said today.
 
In 2012, the number of people counted as poor relative to an average cost of living index was 9.56 million people, or 15.8 per cent of the population, Istat said in a report.
 
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Gazans flee the north fearing a major Israeli crackdown
Monday, July 14, 2014

GAZA CITY (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israel hit the Gaza Strip with air strikes and artillery fire early Monday on the seventh day of its offensive and as diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed intensified.
 
World powers prepared to meet over the spiralling violence as the Palestinian death toll from the punishing Israeli air campaign hit 172 with another 1,230 people wounded, the emergency services said....

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Gaza bloodshed spirals as US offers to broker ceasefire
Friday, July 11, 2014

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israeli warplanes kept up deadly raids on Gaza Friday but failed to stop Palestinian militants firing rockets across the border, as the United States offered to help negotiate a truce.
 
With the violence growing worse, US President Barack Obama in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government was willing to broker a ceasefire....

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Israel air strikes kill 14 in Gaza on third day of campaign
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israeli air strikes on the southern and central Gaza Strip killed 14 people on Thursday including seven women and children, medics said, on the third day of a widening military operation.
 
The first strike hit a coffee shop in the city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, adding that six men were killed and at least 15 other people wounded....

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Both sides claim victory in Indonesian presidential election (Updated)
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

JAKARTA, July 9 -- 2014: Both sides claimed victory today in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading ex-general Prabowo Subianto.   ...

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Israel Gaza campaign kills 27, wounds more than 100
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GAZA CITY (Palestinian territory): An Israeli operation against Gaza militants killed 27 people on Tuesday and wounded more than 100, emergency services said, in the deadliest day of violence in the coastal strip since 2012.
 
Air strikes on Gaza killed 23 people, including an eight-year-old child and two teenagers, and Israeli forces killed four Hamas militants who staged a beachfront assault on an army base just north of the besieged Strip....

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Abdullah claims victory in disputed Afghan election
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

KABUL, July 8 -- 2014: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory today in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind poll rival Ashraf Ghani in preliminary results.
 
"We are proud, we respect the votes of the people, we were the winner," Abdullah told thousands of cheering supporters gathered here.
 
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Jokowi has slim lead a day before Indonesian poll
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

JAKARTA, July 8 -- 2014: Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo has a lead of less than three percentage points over his rival, a poll showed today, a day before the country's tightest election since the downfall of dictator Suharto.
 
Jakarta governor Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, is 2.7 points ahead of ex-general Prabowo Subianto, according to the survey from Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting....

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Japan on highest typhoon alert, 480,000 urged to take shelter
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tokyo (AFP) - Japan braced Tuesday for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri barrelled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter.
 
The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of storm surges, landslides and massive damage from the typhoon packing gusts of up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour....

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China's Xi rides on the Korean wave
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip to South Korea is being watched closely in several capitals, amid an increasingly right-leaning Japan and American perceptions that Beijing seeks to impose a new  security architecture in the region with itself at the centre. The landmark visit has garnered much attention in light of Xi’s break with traditions set by former...

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