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Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire....

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets....

Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats
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NIR AM, Israel (AP) -- With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled....

European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
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BERLIN (AP) -- Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas....

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas....

Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people....

Austria: Israeli club's match disrupted by protest
VIENNA (AP) -- A football match in Austria between Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille OSC has been disrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters....

Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans and Democrats insisted on Wednesday that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels....

Bloomberg lands in Israel in show of support
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed Wednesday in Israel in spite of a U.S. flight ban amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, offering the country support amid growing international frustration over the violence....

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near....