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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict....

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end....

Peace camp in US unites Israeli, Palestinian teens

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It's no surprise Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army called to duty as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict, and she is filled with concern for the Palestinians too....

Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal....

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel's concerns

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn't want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands - mostly based on security....

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....