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Bolivian President Evo Morales

Bogota: Bolivia has joined the majority of Latin American governments in condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza, announcing that it will demand visas from Israelis.

Meanwhile, Venezuela said it would send humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza after unsuccessful appeals to end the violence.

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Jerusalem/Gaza: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday said Israel will continue to destroy underground tunnels in Gaza regardless of any possible cease-fire agreement even as the toll in the coastal enclave touched 1,363.

"We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," Netanyahu said at the beginning of a cabinet meeting held at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv, according to a statement from his office.

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Kiev: The Ukrainian parliament Thursday rejected the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk last week, the parliamentary press service said.

Yatsenyuk's resignation was backed by only 16 of the 339 deputies present at the 450-seat assembly, Xinhua reported.

The decision means that Yatsenyuk and the current cabinet will continue to fulfil their duties until parliamentary elections, which are expected to be held in October.

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New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the US is "excited" about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to do for the people of India and they are all looking forward to a "terrific" meeting between Modi and US President Barack Obama in Washington in September.

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Jerusalem: The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) were Thursday instructed to summon 16,000 more reserve soldiers amid the ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of reserve soldiers to 86,000 even as the toll in the coastal enclave in the current offensive touched 1,360.

The order followed Wednesday's five-hour meeting of the cabinet, which voted to push forward and increase the military operation in Gaza, as Operation Protective Edge entered its 24th day Thursday.

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Vatican City: Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No 2.

The Rev Carlos Urrutigoity is still an active priest in the Ciudad del Este diocese, however, in a sign that he remains in good standing with his bishop.

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AFP photo: Former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan.

Bangkok: The special tribunal for Cambodia Wednesday opened the second trial in Phnom Penh against the last two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, who face charges for crimes against humanity and genocide.

The accused, who deny the charges, are the former number two of the organisation, Nuon Chea, 88, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83.

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Gaza: At least 13 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured early Wednesday when Israeli artillery fire hit a school used as a shelter by displaced people in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabaliya, as the toll in the coastal enclave in the ongoing offensive rose to 1,253.

Health ministry spokesman in Gaza Ashraf al-Qedra said hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip have so far received the bodies of 13 people and dozens of injured civilians who sheltered at a UN-run school in Jabaliya town, Xinhua reported.

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Tripoli: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped Libya's former deputy prime minister Mustafa Abu Shagor, a parliamentarian confirmed.

The gunmen forced Abu Shagor into a car near his house in Tripoli's al-Andalus region during afternoon and took him to an unknown location, Xinhua quoted lawmaker Essam al- Naasse as saying.

Shortly before the gunmen arrived, Abu Shagor had received an anonymous call asking him to leave the house. But he refused, Naasse said. It could not be immediately known who was behind the kidnapping.

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Washington: The chief US negotiator in Iran nuclear talks Tuesday cited "significant and steady" progress over the past six months, but would not say whether the negotiations would be further extended.

"I cannot tell you today that our diplomacy will succeed because I am not sure that it will," Xinhua quoted Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, as telling senators at a hearing.

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