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Israel, Hamas Agree to a 72-Hour Truce

Palestinians salvage their belongings from the rubble in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 4, 2014.

Palestinians salvage their belongings from the rubble in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 4, 2014.

UPDATE: Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire early Tuesday in the Gaza Strip. Prior to the agreement, Israel Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said that Israeli soldiers would withdraw and deployed in defensive positions outside Gaza.

Israel and Hamas each accused the other of breaking a seven-hour long cease-fire early Monday. The truce was designed to give Palestinian refugees a chance to go home or buy supplies.

Palestinians said Israel had bombed a refugee camp in Gaza City. An 8-year-old girl was reported killed and more than 20 other people wounded.

Israel said at least four rockets had been fired at its territory from Gaza.

Separately, Palestinian representatives held their first official meeting in Cairo with Egyptian mediators. Egypt has urged Israel and Palestinian factions to begin a 72-hour ceasefire starting 0500 UTC.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak has reached nearly 900 with over 1600 cases confirmed.

There is some good news. The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that Kent Brantly "seems to be improving." He is the American doctor who became infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia.

Dr. Brantly received a dose of experimental serum before leaving Liberia. He also received blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola under his care.

Deadly quake in China

Rescue crews in southern China are battling heavy rain as they work to reach survivors from the earthquake on Sunday. The earthquake killed at least 398 people and injured 1,800 others in the Yunnan province.

Former Press Secretary James Brady Dies

James Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died at 73. Brady suffered a head wound and was paralyzed from the shooting.


Words in the News

accuse – v. to say a person is responsible for an act or crime; to make a statement against someone

refugee n. a person who has been forced to flee because of unjust treatment, danger or war

identify v. to recognize someone or something and to say who or what they are

virus n. a kind of organism that causes disease

survive v. to remain alive during or after a dangerous situation

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