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  • In Gaza, 7 more alleged Israel informants killed

    In Gaza, 7 more alleged Israel informants killed

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:27:17 GMT
    A Gaza health official says two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.More >>
    A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers.More >>
  • Yellen speech awaited for any hint on rate timing

    Yellen speech awaited for any hint on rate timing

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:26:47 GMT
    Two days after the Federal Reserve revealed an intensifying internal debate over interest rates, Chair Janet Yellen will address the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with investors seeking any clear...More >>
    Two days after the Federal Reserve revealed an intensifying internal debate over interest rates, Chair Janet Yellen will address the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with investors seeking any clear hints of...More >>
  • Asia stocks rise, Europe flat ahead of Yellen talk

    Asia stocks rise, Europe flat ahead of Yellen talk

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 09:04:18 GMT
    Most Asian stock markets inched higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors...More >>
    Most Asian stock markets pushed higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that added to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. European shares were flat as investors...More >>
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