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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the war so far....

Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic and Republican members of Congress are scrambling to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess....

Brazil's leader calls Gaza conflict 'a massacre'
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's president is calling Israel's conflict with Hamas "a massacre."...

US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem....

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict....

Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration....

Cruz ends hold on nominees over FAA flight ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees over the Federal Aviation Administration's 36-hour ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel....

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat....

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."...

Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank....