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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."...

Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine....

A look at the Israeli-Egyptian closure of Gaza
About 1.7 million Palestinians, a majority of them refugees, live in one of the mostly densely populated regions in the world. Since June 2007, when Hamas gained control of the strip, Israel and Egypt have restricted trade and movement in and out of Gaza. Israel says the closure is meant to weaken Gaza's Hamas rulers and prevent militants from attacking targets in Israel. International aid groups say the blockade has seriously harmed Gaza's economy as well as its health system and infrastructure....

Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear
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When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine....

Conditions remain dire as war surges on in Gaza
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The war between Israel and Hamas is intensifying as an Israeli ground operation surges across the Gaza Strip. In the deadliest incident in Gaza thus far, 25 members of one family were killed, including 18 children, by an airstrike on their home. On the Israeli side, the death of 13 soldiers in one day marked the largest number of soldiers killed in combat since the 2006 Lebanon War....

Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip....

Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire
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CAIRO (AP) -- The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence....

FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby....

European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv....

American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel
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The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel....