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2 hours ago Japanese leader Abe wants more women to work. So he’s got big plans for day care.

Ayumi Ito considers herself one of the lucky ones. She works for a relatively open-minded company — meaning she has to put her toddler, Saki, in day care for only 11 hours a day. Sure, she had to tour more than 40 child-care centers to find her daughter a slot, but eventually she succeeded.

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2 hours ago Cease-fire collapses between Israel, Hamas; Israeli soldier captured

GAZA CITY — It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.

On Friday morning, Israeli troops were in the southern Gaza Strip preparing to destroy a Hamas tunnel, said Israeli military officials. Suddenly, Palestinian militants emerged from a shaft. They included a suicide bomber, who detonated his explosive device. In the chaos, two Israeli soldiers were killed. The militants grabbed 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, and pushed him back through the tunnel, according to the Israeli account.

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5 hours ago Afghans take time off for holiday but fear for future

KABUL — The sun was warm and the crowds were thick at the Kabul Zoo on Thursday. Families picnicked on the grassy grounds, strolled in their holiday finery and hoisted children to see the flamingos and monkeys in their wire-mesh enclosures.

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5 hours ago WorldViews: A timeline of Gaza’s failed, forgotten cease-fires

Cease-fire announcements and truce interruptions have become routine in the current conflict between Hamas and Israel. On Friday morning, a planned 72-hour cease-fire raised some hopes for further peace talks or at least a short break from the fighting. However, it didn't last long.

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5 hours ago Crash investigators find human remains in Malaysian wreckage; fighting rages nearby

KIEV, Ukraine — Crash site investigators in Ukraine found more human remains Friday among the first small patch of wreckage they searched in the village where the fuselage of the Malaysia Airlines plane landed.

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8 hours ago Afghans take time off but fear for future

KABUL — The sun was warm and the crowds were thick at the Kabul Zoo on Thursday. Families picnicked on the grassy grounds, strolled in their holiday finery and hoisted children up to see the flamingos and monkeys in their wire-mesh enclosures.

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8 hours ago WorldViews: Would the capture of a British-Israeli soldier change how the British see Gaza?

As a proposed 72-hour cease-fire failed Friday, reports emerged that Gaza militants had captured an Israeli soldier. For Israel, this would certainly be a big deal. The last Israeli soldier caught by Hamas was Gilad Shalit, who was imprisoned for five years before finally being released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinians. As my colleague Ishaan Tharoor noted recently, for Hamas, capturing Israeli soldiers could be a game-changer in an asymmetrical conflict.

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8 hours ago Cease-fire collapses between Israel, Hamas; Israeli soldier captured

GAZA CITY — Less than three hours after a three-day humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect Friday, the truce broke down when clashes between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters erupted and militants fired rockets into Israel.

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8 hours ago Crash investigators find human remains in Malaysian wreckage; fighting rages nearby

KIEV, Ukraine — An international team of investigators found human remains Friday amid the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, and the United States pledged additional military aid to the embattled government in Kiev as it struggles to take back territory from the pro-Russian separatist rebels accused of shooting down the airliner.

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11 hours ago WorldViews: Who are Hamas’s friends these days? It’s more complicated than you might think.

Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, surrounded and cut off from much of the world, is forced to rely on significant outside help However, the Middle East is in a state of flux at the moment, with significant factors (most notably, a split over the role of Islamist political movements) meaning that traditional roles are not necessarily being played.

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11 hours ago Crash investigators comb site of Malaysian plane wreckage; fighting rages nearby

KIEV, Ukraine — A large team of investigators began combing the war-zone crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Friday, while a few miles away at least 10 Ukrainian paratroopers were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian rebels.

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11 hours ago Afghans take time off but fear for future

KABUL — The sun was warm and the crowds were thick at the Kabul Zoo on Thursday. Families picnicked on the grassy grounds, strolled in their holiday finery and hoisted children up to see the flamingoes and monkeys in their wire-mesh enclosures.

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Today WorldViews: This is what an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza looks like

GAZA CITY — It was around 2:30 p.m., and the word had spread on al-Jalla Street.

An Israeli airstrike was about to unfold. The target: a gray, concrete building of moderate height in the heart of Gaza City.

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Today WorldViews: Harrowing images of police battling gang violence in crime-stricken Honduras

Imagine working for the police in Honduras, a country that holds the highest per-capita murder rate in the world. In a place that doesn't have an outright war waging like Iraq or Afghanistan, a violent death still takes place every 74 minutes.

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Today Cease-fire collapses between Israel, Hamas

GAZA CITY — Less than three hours after a three-day humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect Friday, the truce broke down when clashes between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters erupted and militants fired rockets into Israel.

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Today Israel, Hamas begin observing 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

GAZA CITY — Less than three hours after a three-day humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect Friday, the truce appeared to be unraveling after four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.

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Today Russian blogger law puts new restrictions on Internet freedoms

MOSCOW — Russia’s shrinking space for freedom of expression on the Internet is set to constrict further Friday, as tough regulations go into effect that will give Russian authorities powerful oversight over the country’s most-read online personalities, including opposition bloggers and politicians.

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Today Hamas tunnels stoke anxiety, bolstering Israelis’ support of war

JERUSALEM — Of all the threats posed by Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip, nothing — not Hamas drones, not rockets that reach Tel Aviv — can match the fear Israelis feel about the dozens of newly discovered “terror tunnels” burrowed into their back yards.

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Today Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

GAZA CITY —Israel and Hamas began observing an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian truce Friday morning, a cease-fire that diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday that could potentially pave the way for an end to the 24-day-old conflict.

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Yesterday Japan poised to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

TOKYO — When Vladimir Putin was preparing for another shot at the Russian presidency a little more than two years ago, he said he would give a command to Russian and Japanese officials: “hajime.”

After half a century of frosty relations with Moscow, the order to “start” — using a word employed in the Japanese martial art of judo, in which Putin is a black belt — was well received in Tokyo. Even more so when Shinzo Abe returned later in 2012 for his second term as Japan’s prime minister and ordered his own restart with Russia, driven by pragmatic and regional considerations.

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Yesterday During one-day cease-fire in Ukraine, team reaches site of plane crash, collects DNA

KIEV, Ukraine — A small advance team of forensic experts on Thursday finally reached the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago, after four days of false starts cut short by heavy fighting in the area.

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Yesterday Hamas tunnels stoke anxiety, bolstering Israelis’ support of war

JERUSALEM — Of all the threats posed by Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip, nothing — not Hamas drones, not rockets that reach Tel Aviv — can match the fear Israelis feel about the dozens of newly discovered “terror tunnels” burrowed into their back yards.

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Yesterday Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

GAZA CITY — Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday, potentially paving the way for an end to the 24-day-old conflict.

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Yesterday WorldViews: The other assassination that led up to World War I

World War I, we have long been told, was a fait accompli after an assassination. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian emperor, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo set into motion a chain of events that would explode into the Great War, a hideous conflict that led to the deaths of millions and redrew the world map. Many countries somberly marked the centennial of the archduke's assassination at the end of June.

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Yesterday WorldViews: This is what an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza looks like

GAZA CITY — It was around 2:30 pm, and the word had spread on al-Jalla Street.

An Israeli airstrike was about to unfold. The target: a gray, concrete building of moderate height in the heart of Gaza City.

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Yesterday Kerry tries to repair damage in U.S.-India relations

NEW DELHI — Washington is eager to work with India’s newly elected government to become “indispensable partners,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday during a visit aimed at reinvigorating strained ties.

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Yesterday Russian blogger law puts new restrictions on Internet freedoms

MOSCOW — Russia’s shrinking space for freedom of expression on the Internet is set to constrict further on Friday, as tough regulations go into effect that will give Russian authorities powerful oversight powers over the country’s best-read online personalities, including opposition bloggers and politicians.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Will sanctions work against Russia? Iran’s experience offers a few clues.

When the United States first threatened Russia with sanctions in April, Iranian officials reportedly cautioned the Kremlin against ignoring the American warnings. Having experienced the effect of such restrictions on their own country, the Iranians apparently advised Russia not to underestimate the possible impact.

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Yesterday Investigators reach plane crash site after Ukraine declares one-day cease-fire

KIEV, Ukraine — A small advance team of forensics experts on Thursday finally reached the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago, after four days of false starts cut short by heavy fighting in the area.

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Yesterday Gay activists in China sue over electric shock therapy used to ‘cure’ homosexuality

BEIJING — Gay rights activists in China sued a counseling center Thursday for its offers to cure homosexuality through “conversion therapy” — the first lawsuit of its kind in a country where gay people are granted few rights and little recognition.

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