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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 03:04:12 -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 01:47:38 -0600

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks, during a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John 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.


2014-07-13 02:32:43 -0600