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FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with Palestinian businessmen from East Jerusalem to set up a national fund to support the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. He told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday, Aug. 29, that "it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed)." (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)Palestine's president blames Hamas for extending fighting with Israel in Gaza.


2014-08-29 12:32:46 -0600

Russian President Putin speaks to the media after talks with Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Minsk, BelarusThe Russian president tells an assembly the nation is ready to meet any aggression.


2014-08-29 09:48:50 -0600

A woman walks past the entrance of the European Council headquarters in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders are set to end weeks of wrangling over top jobs in Brussels and agree on Saturday on who will fill key posts in EU institutions that face major challenges from a combative Russia and a stuttering economy. A summit in Brussels that was called after a pre-vacation meeting two months ago ended in deadlock is likely, diplomats and officials said, to hand Poland's conservative prime minister the influential role of European Council president and Italy's little tested young foreign minister given the running of the EU's common diplomatic efforts.


2014-08-29 16:02:27 -0600