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U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in New Delhi, India, Aug. 1, 2014.

Photogallery Israel, Hamas Agree to 72-hour Ceasefire

Humanitarian cease-fire will begin at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) Aug. 1, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a joint statement More

Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (seen on screen) briefs a U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, at U.N. headquarters in New York, July 31, 2014.

Photogallery UN Urges Respect of its Gaza Facilities

Day earlier Israeli shelling killed 19 civilians sheltering at a UN school in the Gaza Strip More

FILE - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay attends a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 2, 2013.

UN: Israel, Hamas May Be Guilty of War Crimes

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay says targeting of civilian infrastructure or use of civilian structures for military purposes violate international law More

Tripoli, Libya map

Heavy Shelling, Clashes Resume in Libya's Tripoli

Around 200 people killed since clashes erupted two weeks ago in capital and also in Benghazi More

Fighters with the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also called ISIS by some) wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Raqqa province, northern Syria, June 30, 2014.

Turkey Fears ISIL Radicalism Could Spill Over From Syria, Iraq

With Sunni jihadist group stepping up attacks in Syria along the border with Turkey, concern is growing More



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Photogallery Israel, Hamas Agree to 72-hour Ceasefire

Humanitarian cease-fire will begin at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) Aug. 1, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a joint statement
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US, UN Condemn Israeli Attack on UN-run School

Administration condemns school shelling, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel over civilian deaths
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Video UN Condemns Israel for Latest School Attack in Gaza

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson gets emotional speaking about deadly attack that also injured more than 100 people
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Former head of Libya's interim Transitional National Congress, Mustapha Abdel Jalil, appointed to try to negotiate end to the violence
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Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports
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Islamist Militants Seize Libyan Army Base in Benghazi

Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council announced capture of main military base in eastern city in statement Wednesday
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Lebanon Cracks Down on Syrian Refugees

Restrictions on refugee community prompts outcry from rights groups who say Beirut officials are violating international law
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France Evacuates Nationals in Libya

French Embassy in Tripoli temporarily closed, diplomatic activities to be conducted from Paris for now
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UN: Heinous Crime of Human Trafficking Must Stop

International Labor Organization estimates 21 million men, women and children are victims of forced labor and forced prostitution
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Video At Least 15 Dead as Israel Strikes Gaza Market

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