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As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons

As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its recent approval for unlocking a massive stockpile of ammunition for use by the Israeli Defense Forces who continue to pummel the civilian population living inside the Gaza Strip where the death toll now nears 1,400 people—a majority of whom are civilians, including close to 300 children.
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State Department OKs Largest-Ever Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq

State Department OKs Largest-Ever Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq
In a sign that the U.S. Pentagon is preparing further military backing of the government of Nouri al-Maliki, the State Department on Monday granted its approval of the largest shipment to date of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.
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New Sanctions Against Russia Create a Bear Market Even a Shirtless Putin Can't Ride

New Sanctions Against Russia Create a Bear Market Even a Shirtless Putin Can't Ride
Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine. Roughly 30 percent of Russia's banking sector assets are now constrained by U.S. sanctions, Obama administration officials said, shortly after announcing new penalties.
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Julie Pace and John-Thor Dahlburg
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Israel's WMDs? Government Admits That Hamas Not Behind the Murder of Teens.

Israel's WMDs? Government Admits That Hamas Not Behind the Murder of Teens.
The kidnapping and brutal murders of three Israeli teenagers — the instigating event of this latest cycle of violence between Israel and Palestine — was immediately pinned on Hamas. New information now suggests that while it may have been a rogue cell of Hamas members, the troublesome political organization's leadership probably wasn't responsible for the heinous crime.
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MH17: Dutch, Australian Leaders Ready 'Police-Led Humanitarian Mission'

MH17: Dutch, Australian Leaders Ready 'Police-Led Humanitarian Mission'
Dutch and Australian governments are sending military presence with crash investigators to keep the MH17 crash site secure, dubbing the effort a "police-led humanitarian mission."
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Jona Kallgren & Lucien Kim
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One of Two Air Algerie Black Boxes Secured, Investigators En Route

One of Two Air Algerie Black Boxes Secured, Investigators En Route
One of two black boxes have been secured from the Air Algerie wreckage site. French president Francois Hollande says, "There are, alas, no survivors. I share the pain of families living through this terrible ordeal."
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Elaine Ganley & Sylvie Corbet
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Over 50 Israeli Reservists Declare 'We Refuse to Serve'

Over 50 Israeli Reservists Declare 'We Refuse to Serve'
As Israel continues to pummel Gaza, over 50 reservists in the Israeli army have declared their refusal to serve in the army and voiced their open support for "all those who resist being called to service."
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To Hamas or Not to Hamas? Netanyahu's Prison Vision for Gaza.

 To Hamas or Not to Hamas? Netanyahu's Prison Vision for Gaza.
The context: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu refused for years to negotiate with the Palestinians until they had a unified government, even when their leader was willing to discuss a two state solution. Then a government did coalesce...but it happened to be the often loathsome Hamas. Netanyahu refused again. Then the Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by members of Hamas. This is the never-ending proof that Benjamin Netanyahu was never serious about the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
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US Working on Case Against Russia for Shooting Down Malaysian Flight

US Working on Case Against Russia for Shooting Down Malaysian Flight
"A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin complicit in the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew members. "This is the moment of truth for Russia," said Kerry, leveling some of Washington's harshest criticism of Moscow since the crisis in Ukraine began.
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Matthew Lee
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As Ukraine Crisis Escalates, Obama Ups the Pressure on Putin

As Ukraine Crisis Escalates, Obama Ups the Pressure on Putin
Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences."
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