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2 Americans Killed in
Fighting in Gaza Strip

Associated Press, by Tami Abdollah & Sarah Rankin

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/21/2014 4:07:26 AM

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel. The young men´s love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week. On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California´s San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade, his father,

      


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2 Americans Killed in
Fighting in Gaza Strip
Associated Press, by Tami Abdollah & Sarah Rankin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:07:26 AM     Post Reply
Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel. The young men´s love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week. On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California´s San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade, his father,

   

 

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Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza at 508
Associated Press, by Karin Laub & Peter Enav    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:04:46 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire intensified amid the mounting carnage. In New York, the U.N. Security Council expressed "serious concern" about Gaza´s rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting following an emergency session. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pressed ahead with his push for a truce in a trip to the region,

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It dropped last night and it´s unlikely to pass, but Sen. Ted Cruz injected himself into the border crisis like Paul Stanley rising out of a stage elevator at the start of a KISS show. True, Cruz is the elected U.S. senator from the state with the greatest current influx of child migrants. But his colleague, Sen. John Cornyn, was trying to get a coalition together for a small bill reversing the 2008 child trafficking provision that created a special processing system for migrants from Central America.* Cruz is going for a full defunding of President Obama´s Deferred Status for Childhood

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MIAMI -- The nation´s No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law." "This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented," Raborn, a company vice president and assistant general counsel, said in a statement. "We plan to file post-trial motions with

   

 

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Here’s what the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff. Now, by this I don’t mean that the United States and the European Union are going to charge in with a new round of sanctions, provide lethal aid to Ukraine, patrol the skies of Ukraine, or anything of that nature. The West didn’t react in time, or with enough resolve, to the initial invasion and partition of Ukraine last spring, and there’s no reason to think our reaction will be any more effective or resolute this

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The shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine may finally force Washington and Europe to wake up to the danger of the conflict there escalating into full-blown war between Russia and Ukraine. This potential cataclysm has been inching closer to reality in the last week. The Ukrainian security council has said Russian weapons and troops have been crossing into Ukraine, and military aircraft from both sides have engaged each other. Documented videos purport to show artillery fire into Ukraine from the Russian side. On Sunday the Russian media went berserk with reports of the first casualty of a Russian civilian



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