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Obama calls Netanyahu, urges an
immediate unconditional ceasefire

Netanyahu with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
on July 26, 2014. (photo: Ariel Harmoni/Israel Minister of Defense via Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Sunday to urge an immediate ceasefire, after Secretary of State John Kerry flew home amid Israeli and PA criticism of his handling of the crisis. He also condemned Hamas attacks and reaffirmed “Israel’s right to defend itself.”

The president told the prime minister that any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.”

The critical element of the conversation: He called for an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.”

Click the link above for the The Times of Israel liveblog.

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Rare tornado and violent weather slams Boston area;
brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston

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Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of injuries or fatalities from the storm.

"We are in the process of evaluating the aftermath of the severe storm that passed through Revere this morning," Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo said on his official Twitter page.

Live blog:
Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

An IDF Merkava tank rolls along the border between Israel
and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Monday, July 28, 2014
(photo credit: AFP/DAVID BUIMOVITCH)

Follow all the latest updates on Israel's efforts to extinguish rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

An Israeli tank fires towards Gaza, near the Israel and Gaza border
in the morning of Sunday, July 27, 2014. (photo: Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms.

After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday that it had agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But as Israel's Cabinet met to discuss the offer and the ongoing war, rockets rained down on southern Israel and Israeli strikes could be heard in Gaza.

Hamas fires rockets after rejecting truce extension;
Israel said fuming at Kerry for ‘capitulating
to Hamas’ in ceasefire efforts

‘Kerry told Hamas many of its demands
would be met under ceasefire deal’

'Kerry is seeking to reward a terrorist group'

Israel disputes US account of Kerry’s ceasefire effort

Political Divisions Threaten
Kerry-Brokered Agreement in Afghanistan

A sniffer dog in Herat on Thursday checked ballot boxes to be flown to Kabul
as part of Afghanistan’s audit of last month’s presidential runoff election.

The political agreement between Afghanistan’s two rival presidential candidates brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago appeared in trouble on Friday as serious differences emerged between the camps.

The two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, failed to reach agreement Friday on the technical details of the audit of the presidential runoff election held last month, although negotiations were continuing. And the deal to form a national unity government, whoever is declared the winner of the election, has met with resistance.

The idea of a unity government, long supported by Afghanistan’s minority groups, was introduced by Mr. Kerry as anger was growing among Mr. Abdullah’s supporters at perceived electoral fraud and as dangerous ethnic and regional divisions threatened to shatter Afghanistan’s fragile democratic process.

State Department: Christian presence in Middle East becoming
‘shadow of its former self’

The State Department issued a dire report Monday on the state of religious freedom around the world, with an alarming warning that the Christian presence in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East is becoming a "shadow of its former self."

The analysis was included as part of a comprehensive report on religious freedom around the world in 2013. The report cited a flood of examples of governments and militant groups cracking down on religious minorities, everywhere from Pakistan to Egypt to China. The victims included Christians, but also Hindus, Muslims and others.

The report offered a pointed warning about religious violence in the three-year-old civil war in Syria.

"After three years of civil war, hundreds of thousands fled the country desperate to escape the ongoing violence perpetrated by the government and extremist groups alike," the report said. It said that in Homs, the Christian population has plummeted from 160,000 before the conflict to "as few as 1,000."


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