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Israelis stand on a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot, overlooking the Gaza Strip, as they watch smoke rising following an Israeli strike on Gaza, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel on Saturday widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and announced it would hit northern Gaza "with great force" to prevent rocket attacks from there on Israel. More than 150 Palestinians have been killed in five days of bombardment. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)After Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip, its military warned northern residents to evacuate their homes.


2014-07-13 06:21:16 -0600

Iraqi parliament's acting speaker Mahdi al-Hafidh, center, attends the first session of parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Iraq's new parliament ended its inaugural session Tuesday after failing to make any progress in choosing a new prime minister even as the country faces a militant blitz that threatens to rip it apart and a spike in violence that made June the deadliest month in at least two years. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country.


2014-07-13 06:36:24 -0600

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol as relatives of Islamists held in a Lebanese jail block a street with barbed wire in Tripoli, northern LebanonFighting broke out between militias using anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades.


2014-07-13 06:27:32 -0600