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3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas began observing a three-day Gaza cease-fire on Friday as diplomats worked to broker a lasting truce in a 25-day-old war that has killed more than 1,450 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and more than 60 Israelis, nearly all soldiers....

Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court....

Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal
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NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive....

Australia welcomes Gaza ceasefire as 'marvelous'
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Friday welcomed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as "a marvelous humanitarian thing."...

Top UN aid official urges daily `pauses' in Gaza
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need in Gaza, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from the war....

Paris riot police deployed for pro-Israel rally
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PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of riot police in Paris deployed near the Israeli Embassy Thursday for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war....

White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."...

Kerry: `No promise' of cease-fire
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful....

Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq
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BEIRUT (AP) -- A commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was recently killed while on a "jihadi mission" in Iraq, officials in Lebanon said Thursday....

Bolivia to require visas for Israeli travelers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation....