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  UN Security Council Calls For Gaza Cease-fire
       Associated Press  
 
    UNITED NATIONS, July 28: The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting early Monday morning.

The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite back-and-forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations mediation efforts, could not be sustained.

 
  Spokesman: Plane Punctured By Shrapnel
       Associated Press  
 
    KIEV, Ukraine,July 28 :  A Ukrainian security spokesman says data from the recovered flight data recorders shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed due to a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel.

National security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Monday the plane suffered "massive explosive decompression" after it was hit by fragments he said came from a missile.

 
  Death Toll Mounts As Clashes Intensify In Ukraine
       ASSOCIATED PRESS  
 
    KIEV, Ukraine, July 28:  Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.

Authorities in Luhansk said Monday that five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city´s government said.

 
  Gaza War Rages Despite Hamas, Israel Truce Pledges
       ASSOCIATED PRESS  
 
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip; 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.

 
  Hamas Agrees To 24-hour Holiday Truce In Gaza War
       ASSOCIATED PRESS  
 
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, July 27: Hamas says it has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) Sunday. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is expected to begin Monday or Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

 
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