Israel Says It Downed Drone as Gaza Death Toll Climbs

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_90369baeb5.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- The military wing of militant group Hamas claimed Monday that it sent homemade drones over Israel, after Israel said that it had shot down a Palestinian drone flying along the coast. Hamas' Al Qassam Brigades boasted on Twitter that the drones carried out "three missions over Israeli military bases" and a "specific mission over Israeli war ministry."

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Costa Condcordia Shipwreck Re-Floated for Towing

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_03143de3a9.jpgVincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images (ROME) -- Remnants of the Costa Concordia cruise ship are prepped for the vessel's final journey after crews raised the Italian ship from an underwater platform Monday. The vessel, which struck an island off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, is set to be towed away from the area in a process that is expected to take at least four days.

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Iraqi Parliament Fails to Select New Leaders

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_dc86626ef8.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- The Iraqi government made no progress Sunday in determining its next wave of political leaders, as a session of parliament was over just about as quickly as it began. Baghdad's failure to come to an agreement on picking a new speaker is indicative of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's regime, as Iraq faces the threat of Islamic extremists bent on taking control of the entire country.

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Russia Prepares to Host 2018 World Cup as Costs Mount

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_77f5aba1b1.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- Even as the World Cup wraps up on Sunday in Rio de Janiero, preparations are well under way for the next tournament, which Russia will host in 2018. President Vladimir Putin will be on hand for Sunday's final match between Germany and Argentina to take the baton, another step in his quest to use mega-sporting events as part of his effort to restore his country’s prestige in the world.

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Kerry Calls Netanyahu to Express Concern Over Escalating Tension

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_741aefb7d3.jpgPhoto by Israel Premiership Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (VIENNA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Sunday to express concern about escalating tensions in Gaza. Kerry "condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and stressed Israel's right to defend itself," according to a readout from a senior State Department official.

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