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Truce crumbles as 40 killed in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

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The 72-hour break announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll.

The ceasefire was to be followed by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Cairo on a longer-term solution. Israel launched its offensive in Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza on July 8, unleashing air and naval bombardments in response to a surge of cross-border rocket attacks. Tanks and infantry pushed into the territory of 1.8 million on July 17.

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US Senate Confirms John Tefft as Envoy to Russia

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The U.S. Senate has approved President Barack Obama's nomination for ambassador to Russia.

John Tefft, a career diplomat specializing in Eastern Europe, was unanimously approved Thursday, filling a post that had been vacant since February.

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US Senate Kills Immigration Bill, House to Vote Friday

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Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to resurrect a border funding bill they had abandoned Thursday after they failed to secure enough votes.  The $659 million supplemental would respond to the crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have crossed the border into the United States.  After a chaotic day, House members were told to delay their five-week August recess to try to pass the border bill again on Friday.  

The plan was for the Republican-led House to vote on a border spending bill early Thursday afternoon, and then for members to head for the exits for their long break.  The House bill is much smaller than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama has sought.

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International Investigators Begin Work at Crash Site in Ukraine

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Several dozen international investigators have begun working at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.

Investigators from the Netherlands and Australia, along with accompanying officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday began combing an area now designated as a crime scene.

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Gaza Cease-fire Collapses; Israeli Soldier Captured

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The Israeli military says one of its soldiers has been captured by militants in the Gaza Strip, where a temporary cease-fire collapsed just hours after it began Friday.

Military officials said the abduction occurred in the southern city of Rafah at about 9:30 a.m. local time, 90 minutes after the humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas took effect. They identified the kidnapped officer as 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23. Two other Israeli troops were killed in the suicide bombing attack in one of the Hamas tunnels used to infiltrate Israel. Several Palestinians also were killed. 

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Iraqi Kurds, Battling Islamic State, Press US for Weapons

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The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their region, Kurdish and U.S. officials said.

A Kurdish official said the request was discussed during a Kurdish delegation's visit to Washington in early July, and U.S. officials said Washington was considering ways to bolster the Kurdish defenses.

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US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

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President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States.  One such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.

Carlos Lato walks the poor market district of Tegucigalpa, looking for children living on the street to make them an offer that seems too good to be true.   

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