Gaza Cease-Fire Follows More Heavy Clashes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_f28df063ee.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire early Saturday in order to allow for humanitarian activity. The pause in tensions follows some of the heaviest clashes. The Palestine Health Ministry says the total death toll in the clashes rose to 985 in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces say 40 people have been killed in Israel, including 37 IDF soldiers and three civilians.

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US Embassy in Libya Relocated Amidst 'Freewheeling Violence'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_7878ec3a9d.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (TRIPOLI, Libya) -- The U.S. embassy in Libya was relocated on Saturday and a new travel warning was issued by the U.S. Department of State due to ongoing violence. The State Department called the move a "temporary relocation," noting the recent clashes between Libyan militias in the vicinity of the embassy. American military personnel assisted in the relocation of all embassy personnel, who were taken to Tunisia without incident.

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Biden to Ukraine Leader: US To Continue Sanctions on Russia for "Irresponsible Actions"

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_a6f2890e5f.jpgOfficial White House Photo by David Lienemann (WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday, telling the leader that the United States would continue to coordinate with the European Union and the G7 about imposing further sanctions on Russia. In a readout of their correspondence, Biden called Russia's actions in Ukraine "deeply destabilizing and irresponsible." The two discussed the political situation in the country, as well as access for international investigators to the MH17 crash site.

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US Fighter Jets Escort Plane to Toronto After Passenger Threat

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_246773735a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (TORONTO) -- A Canadian SWAT team burst onto a jetliner that had turn back to Toronto on Friday following word that an "agitated" passenger threatened the aircraft. American fighter jets escorted Sunwing Flight 772 "as a precautionary measure," according to officials. The plane, originating in Toronto, was bound for Panama City around 8:30 a.m. when a 25-year-old passenger made "an unspecified threat."

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Air Algerie Loses Contact with Plane Carrying 116 People

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_d5ec138421.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) -- An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people has vanished from the radar in a desert area of Mali, authorities said Thursday. Air navigation services lost track of the plane, an MD-83 model, about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers. French forces, which are stationed in Mali to combat al Qaeda and tribal separatists, sent two planes in search the airliner.

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