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Israel sends troops into Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli forces backed by artillery barrages and airstrikes launched a major ground offensive into the Gaza Strip late Thursday, marking a dramatic escalation of the 10-day-old conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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It’s official: The Chinese government is at war with adultery

WASHINGTON — When Bo Xilai, the poster child for Chinese corruption and intrigue, was finally expelled from the Communist Party in September 2012, the official notice that listed his crimes contained an unusual reference to his personal life: Bo “had or maintained improper sexual relations with multiple women,” the Communist Party explained.

Obama orders new sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sought to further pinch Russia’s economy Wednesday, bringing its toughest sanctions to date against major Russian banks, energy companies and weapons makers in a bid to convince the Kremlin to end its “provocations” in Ukraine.

Florida teen beaten by Israeli police heads back to US

JERUSALEM — The swelling on his face has gone down, but Tariq Khdeir’s wrists still bear the marks of plastic handcuffs pulled tight as an Israeli border police officer beat him senseless earlier this month as he lay on the ground after being seized during violent Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem.

Moscow subway crash kills 20

MOSCOW — At least 20 people were killed and 160 injured Tuesday when a Moscow subway train detrailed in the deadliest incident in the Russian capital’s underground system since twin suicide bombings in 2010.