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1969-12-31 17:00:00 -0700

Smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli tank's shelling that hit the industrial area in the east of Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite having balked at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. On Sunday, the Israeli military warned residents of the northern border town of Beit Lahiya to leave or risk their lives when, after nightfall, it planned to intensify air strikes against suspected Palestinian rocket launchers among civilian homes. A U.N. aid agency said around a quarter of Beit Lahiya's 70,000 residents fled, fearing Israeli attacks which, according to Gaza officials, have killed more than 166 people, most of them non-combatants, since the cross-border shelling war began. Israel said one rocket was fired from Gaza, without inflicting damage.


2014-07-13 18:05:57 -0600

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he arrives in front of a hotel where closed-door nuclear talks on Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Kerry and fellow foreign ministers are adding their diplomatic muscle to nuclear talks with Iran, with a target date only a week away for a pact meant to curb programs Tehran could turn to making atomic arms. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Joint efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and three other Western foreign ministers failed Sunday to advance faltering nuclear talks with Iran, with the target date for a deal only a week away.


2014-07-13 18:30:00 -0600