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U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, while continued fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.

Business

Kiwi sinks as central bank signals rate halt, China PMI lifts Aussie

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

Entertainment

Somerhalder, Reed plead for dog rescue

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are asking fans for help rescuing a pit bull.

The Vampire Diaries star, who has been romantically linked to the Twilight actress for several weeks, is also a well-known philanthropist.

Life

U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday.

Sports

Athletics 9, Astros 7

Athletics 9, Astros 7: All-Star Yoenis Cespedes belted a pair of homers and drove in five runs as host Oakland withstood a late comeback attempt to snap a three-game losing streak against Houston.

Technology

SK Hynix sees chip sales slowing, posts dip in second-quarter profit

SEOUL (Reuters) - SK Hynix Inc., the world's second-biggest memory chipmaker, on Thursday said shipment growth would slow in the third quarter as it posted its first drop in quarterly profit in two years, casting doubt on medium-term revenue growth.

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