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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 04:24:52 -0600

An Iraq weapon dealer cleans his weapon at his home in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The weapon dealer said prices of weapons and ammunition have nearly doubled in recent weeks in Iraq. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament ended its second session after just 30 minutes Sunday without making any progress toward forming a new government that can unite the country and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has seized control of a huge chunk of the country.


2014-07-13 05:05:42 -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 04:58:52 -0600