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  • Parsing Obama's Phone Call With Netanyahu, Call for Immediate Ceasefire
    Parsing Obama's Phone Call With Netanyahu, Call for Immediate Ceasefire

    The diplomatic dance between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, two leaders with a famously testy relationship, continued amid the one of the fastest-growing crises of both of their administrations. In a phone call between the two men on Sunday, President Obama stressed several points, which could be divined in slightly contradictory lights (emphasis mine): The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.  The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza. Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.  The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end hostilities.

  • Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security
    Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his nation's case on America's Sunday news programs.

  • Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city
    Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

    Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday. The workers found the remains this week as they started construction on a new building in the "El Minero" district of Potosi, located high up in the Andes. "We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four meters," said Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Tomas Frias University. In the Spanish colonial era, Potosi became famous for its massive silver and tin reserves, which started to be mined in the 16th century.

  • EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine
    EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.

  • Public Invited to See Shuttle 'Lift Off' at Space Center Houston
    Public Invited to See Shuttle 'Lift Off' at Space Center Houston

    HOUSTON — The countdown is on for the liftoff of a space shuttle from Houston — and you are invited to take a front row seat. On Thursday, Aug. 14, Space Center Houston's full-size space shuttle replica, named the "Independence," will be hoisted by crane on top of NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet. "The free event 'Rise of Independence' will mark another chapter in the ongoing story of Space Center Houston's future world-class exhibit," Space Center Houston officials said Wednesday (July 23). On Friday, the center's president and CEO Richard Allen, assisted by shuttle astronaut Clay Anderson, revealed the "Independence" decal affixed on the side of the vehicle as one of the final touches to be done before the Aug. 14 lift.

  • Twin tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink
    Twin tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink

    Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was already struggling with years of declining bookings and mounting financial losses when MH370's mysterious disappearance in March with 239 people aboard sent the carrier into free-fall. "The harrowing reality for Malaysia Airlines after MH17 is that if the government doesn't have an immediate game plan, every day that passes will contribute to its self-destruction and eventual demise," Shukor Yusof, an analyst with Malaysia-based aviation consultancy Endau Analytics, told AFP. "I'm not considering going to Malaysia in the next few years.

  • Egypt army destroys 13 more Gaza tunnels
    Egypt army destroys 13 more Gaza tunnels

    Egypt's army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to. Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave. Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8 to halt rocket fire, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying the network of tunnels.

  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

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