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  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    By Associated Press

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas power, Gaza's only power plant, in heaviest bombardment of war Published July 29, 2014

  • U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE - Associated Press

    The Obama administration pushed back Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism aimed at Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, with U.S. officials saying Kerry had in no way abandoned key Israeli needs. Published July 28, 2014

  • Rep. Mike Rogers: Lock Israel-Palestine negotiators in a room

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Rep. Mike Rogers on Monday said peace negotiators need to be locked in a room to "sit down and try to work out the issues" before the conflict between Israel and extremist Palestinian fighters from Hamas deepens with more bloodshed. Published July 28, 2014

  • Blunt touts passage of religious envoy legislation

    By Associated Press

    U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is touting passage of legislation that authorizes the appointment of a special ambassador to the Middle East focused on religious freedom. Published July 28, 2014

  • Chinese police tear down church cross in religion crackdown

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Hundreds of police in China removed a Christian cross from a church building located in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" — the latest move in a larger mission to crack down on religion. Published July 28, 2014

  • U.N. Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    By Edith M. Lederer - Associated Press

    The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning. Published July 28, 2014

  • Iraqi Christians rally at White House: 'Obama, Obama, where are you?'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Hundreds of outraged Iraqi Christians staged a rally outside the White House, demanding to know why President Obama wasn't providing any aid to the scores of faithful being persecuted by radical Muslims around the world. Published July 28, 2014

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