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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict.

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat.

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US: Russia is firing across border

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.

Tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

Tropical storm Genevieve formed in the Eastern Pacific overnight. Located about 1,400 miles east-southeast of Hilo, the system is forecast to pass well south of the islands. The storm is moving to the west at approximately seven miles an hour, with sustained winds to 45 miles per hour extending 60 miles out from the center.