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Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

July 24, 2014 4:58 PM
Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem. More

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IMF Reports Cuts Growth Forecast

International Monetary Fund reports slower growth than initially predicted, citing 'downside risks' as continuing worry for world economy

Honduran President Links Border Crisis to US Policy Divide

Human, drug traffickers 'perversely' exploit confusion about US immigration policy, Juan Orlando Hernandez tells reporters on Capitol Hill

US Jobless Benefit Claims Hit 8-Year Low

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EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks

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Computer Crash Halts US Visa, Passport Operation

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Obama Seeks Stronger Ties With Widodo, Indonesia

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Bank Settlements Create Windfall for US

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Arizona Inmate Latest to Die in Apparently Botched Execution

Witnesses say convicted killer Joseph Wood repeatedly gasped for air after he was injected with an overdose of a sedative and painkiller combination

FAA Lifts US Flight Ban on Israeli Airport

Death toll in Gaza rises above 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire kills 16 people in Hamas-dominated coastal territory, Palestinian officials say

Chinese National Pleads Guilty to US Arms Smuggling

Bo Cai faces up to 35 years in prison for scheming with his cousin, a student in the US, to smuggle military sensors to China

US Bioterror Lab Director Resigns After Anthrax Scare

Potentially 80 lab workers were exposed to deadly bacteria that were accidentally released before being deactivated

House Republicans Present Border Plan for Child Migrant Crisis

Proposal, they say, offers alternative to emergency funding requested by President Obama to deal with massive influx of illegals

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July 24, 2014 4:42 AM
The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages

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