Pope May Visit United States in 2015

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_0b8958defa.jpgANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images (PHILADELPHIA) -- Pope Francis may visit the United States in 2015, says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Caput. The Vatican did not immediately confirm the visit, but Caput says the pope accepted an invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi said the pope would like to attend the meeting, and is considering invitations to other cities, including New York and Washington, D.C.

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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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