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With militia standoff in Tripoli, Libya's democratic dream may be dying

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Libya is in more danger now than at any time since the 2011 uprising and war that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Since then, a chaotic welter of regional militias has been competing for riches and influence. Some are also fighting to extend a version of Islamist governance across the country. That's been bad enough.

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Israel: Tunnels to Be Destroyed, Cease-Fire or Not

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was determined, regardless of cease-fire efforts, to finish the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian militants have built under the Gaza-Israel border.

“We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv. “I won't agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to complete this important task for the sake of Israel's security.”

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Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

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Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. The issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

Central American migrants continue to arrive at the south Texas border, overwhelming U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities there and diverting agents from patrols.

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Experts Reach Ukraine Crash Site

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An international team of experts has reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine for the first time, after days of attempts foiled by violence in the separatist-controlled area.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced the development Thursday. Reaching the crash site means the team can begin collecting key evidence from the crash and gain access to the human remains that have not yet been moved to the Netherlands for identification.

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US House Approves Bill to Sue Obama

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After a day of drama in the chamber, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill on a party-line vote that authorizes the House to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

House Republicans say the president violated the Constitution in 2013 by changing his signature health care reform law without getting approval from Congress. Democrats say the bill is a political stunt designed to undermine the president's legitimacy.

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Satellite Imagery Suggests Future Large N. Korean Rocket Launch

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The U.S.-Korea Institute has released satellite photographs indicating North Korea may be nearing completion of construction and testing leading to long-range missile and satellite launches.  The images were made public Tuesday as the top U.S. Navy Pacific commander cautioned the global community against indifference to the pace of the North’s advances in nuclear and missile technology.

The U.S.-Korea Institute’s 38 North website released satellite imagery Tuesday suggesting that activity at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station means it is preparing for long-range ballistic missile and satellite launches.  It said the height of the gantry for launches has been increased to over 50 meters and expects construction of an associated rail spur and road to accommodate larger rockets will be complete next year.

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Russia Defiant in Face of Tougher Sanctions

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Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by new sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union.

The United States imposed sanctions on more Russian banks on Tuesday, targeting the country's second-largest lender VTB , its subsidiary the Bank of Moscow, and the Russian Agriculture Bank. The European Union also announced measures limiting access to capital for Moscow.

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