Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
A strong earthquake has shaken eastern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injury.
A Russian official says the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg has been evacuated, reportedly because of a bomb threat.
French carmaker Renault says its profits in the first half of the year rose, partly thanks to lower costs as its revenue dropped.
Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
The International Monetary fund has announced a new, two-year $5 billion credit line for Morocco to support reform efforts.
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