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30th July 2014 - The New York Times

Israel Steps Up Airstrikes in Gaza as International Cease-Fire Efforts Stumble

As Israel intensified its aerial assaults on Tuesday against symbols of Hamas rule in Gaza and other targets, new efforts were underway to forge a cease-fire, though they were mired in confusion.

30th July 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

U.S., Israel Fear Pickup in Iranian Support of Hamas

Iran’s support for the Palestinian militant group Hamas has diminished significantly in the past three years, limiting Tehran’s influence over talks to end the war in the Gaza Strip, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.

30th July 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iraq Struggles to Halt Militants’ March on Baghdad

Last week, the Iraqi army said it had retaken a town the government said was a base for Sunni jihadists.

30th July 2014 - The New York Times

Ukraine Welcomes Sanctions, While Russia Belittles Them

The day after the European Union and the United States announced expanded sanctions against Russia over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Moscow remained defiant.