Israel Launches Airstrikes After Telling Gaza Residents to Flee

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_1300c06e73.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- Israel launched a new round of airstrikes Wednesday, targeting senior Hamas officials in the enduring conflict with militants in Gaza. The airstrikes come as the death toll for the nine-day conflict reached 208, all but one of them Palestinians, many of them civilians and children. At least 1,550 people have been injured in Gaza since fighting broke out last week, health officials say.

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Lawmakers Elect Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_8543d9c7ab.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- Iraq’s parliament overcame weeks of deadlocks Tuesday by picking a new speaker. Although there’s still plenty of work ahead to form a new government, the selection of Sunni moderate Salim al-Jubouri signals that lawmakers are making some attempts to get around serious differences amid the threat of Islamic extremists seeking to take control of Baghdad and southern Iraq.

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More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_8efcda6cde.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- At least 15 people are dead and dozens more injured after a Moscow subway train derailed during the Tuesday morning rush hour. Authorities say terrorism did not play a role in the accident and are blaming a power surge for triggering an alarm that caused the trains to stop abruptly.

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Report: Iraqi Army Infiltrated with Extremists from Both Sides

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_00568f169f.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The U.S. mission in Iraq to find a quick solution to the onslaught of Islamic extremists has been compromised by the infiltration of Sunni and Shiite radicals into the national army. According to a story in The New York Times, the lives of American military personnel would be in danger if they attempt to advise Iraqi forces because of spies either affiliated with Sunnis attempting to overthrow the government or Shiite militiamen with ties to Iran.

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Egyptian Plan to End Israeli-Palestinian Air War Reportedly Rejected by Hamas

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e6ec2a6913.jpgDavid Silverman/Getty Images (JERUSALEM) -- The militant group Hamas has reportedly rejected a proposal by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry designed to stop its week-long air war with Israel, resulting in scores of fatalities, virtually all on the Palestinian side. Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli Security Cabinet accepted the plan but would respond with force if Hamas continues firing rockets into Israel.

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