Israel Steps Up Campaign in Gaza

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_03a526a152.jpgDavid Silverman/Getty Images (JERUSALEM) -- Even as the United Nations relief agency for Palestinians warned of a grave humanitarian crisis, Israel intensified its air and ground offensive Tuesday against the militant group Hamas, striking key targets in Gaza. To reduce casualties, Israel says it is making a point of giving non-combatants advance notice of impending rocket attacks but so far has not been able to avoid mass fatalities.

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Militias Creating Havoc in Libya

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_53d92f3459.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libya has descended into chaos as armed militias fight for control of the embattled country. It is the worst siege of violence since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and executed three years ago. Foreign nations, including the U.S., are pulling out their diplomats as the weak central government has had no luck in establishing any semblance of order among the militias fighting one another.

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Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Will Have 'An Even Bigger Bite'

ObamaPress Conf.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1406667488659The White House (WASHINGTON) --  The United States will unleash a new round of sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama said Tuesday. "The cost on Russia will continue to grow," the president said in a statement at the White House emphasizing Russian "energy, arms and finance" as targets. "Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says."

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White House Pushes Back Against GOP's Immigration Crisis Bill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_2fc3ebc49e.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House is pushing back against a House Republican bill aimed at fixing the immigration crisis. The GOP legislation would devote $659 million in emergency funding -- far less than the $3.7 billion requested. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says, "They're refusing to take the kind of action that would ensure the administration has the necessary resources to deal with what they themselves describe as a serious problem."

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US: North Korea's Push for Nuclear Weapons is Threatening Region

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_bd06894e3e.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The United States says that North Korea's push for nuclear weapons is a threat to the region. At Tuesday's Defense Department briefing, Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said, "The proliferation of activities that North Korea -- their desire for nuclear missiles and nuclear capabilities -- as we've said over and over again, are highly threatening to this global security environment."

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