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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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Four More Children Killed in Gaza as Israel Ground Invasion Looms

Four More Children Killed in Gaza as Israel Ground Invasion Looms
Four children were killed in Gaza City on Wednesday by Israeli shelling, according to reports, the latest civilian victims of a military assault on the sealed-off Palestinian territory that has lasted more than a week.
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Sec of State Kerry Frustrated With Faltering Iran Nuclear Deal

Sec of State Kerry Frustrated With Faltering Iran Nuclear Deal
The fate of a possible landmark nuclear deal with Iran sank further into limbo Tuesday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noting "very real gaps" ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal meant to put firm curbs on Tehran's atomic program.
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World Pleads for Peace, but Netanyahu Won't Stop Pounding Gaza in New Offensive

World Pleads for Peace, but Netanyahu Won't Stop Pounding Gaza in New Offensive
With the death toll of Palestinians at 100 and rising fast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to back off his offensive in Gaza. World leaders are pleading with Israel to tamp down or stop the bombing, but to no avail.
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Ukraine Official: Russia Sheltering Separatists, Allowing Attacks From Outside

Ukraine Official: Russia Sheltering Separatists, Allowing Attacks From Outside
Russia is harboring Ukrainian separatists, and allowing attacks from their side of the border, a Ukraine government official claimed Friday. There are also reports of Russian troops massing just outside Ukraine's border.
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Palestinians, Israeli Police Clash at Funeral of Slain Arab Teen

Palestinians, Israeli Police Clash at Funeral of Slain Arab Teen
Israeli police and Palestinian attendees of a slain teenager's funeral clashed on the streets of the Gaza Strip. Shelling from the Palestinians and brutal retaliatory strikes from the Israeli military have once again made the area into a tinderbox.
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Extremists Attack Hospitals in South Sudan, Shooting Bedridden Patients

Extremists Attack Hospitals in South Sudan, Shooting Bedridden Patients
Patients were shot in their hospital beds, medical and humanitarian staff killed, and medical facilities were destroyed in fighting in South Sudan since December in actions that breach international law, an aid group said in a report released Tuesday. Doctors Without Borders said the attacks on health facilities are denying medical assistance to hundreds of thousands. The group said of 58 killed in four hospitals, 25 were patients, 27 had sought shelter, four remain unidentified and two are government officials. Hospitals have also been looted.
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Tom Odula
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