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10:52 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

Israeli troops come out of the Gaza Strip on Friday following combat operations in the territory. Israel's military is the strongest in the Middle East, but has waged a series of protracted fights in recent years without winning clear-cut victories.
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Ever since its sweeping victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel has been regarded as the dominant military power in the Middle East. No Arab state has risked a full-fledged war in decades, and few question the conventional wisdom that Israel would swiftly defeat any national army in a traditional, head-to-head confrontation.

Yet for the third time in the past decade, Israel's powerful military finds itself in a protracted, messy fight with a small, elusive, Islamist group and has been unable to score a quick and decisive victory.

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The Two-Way
9:22 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

A dust storm reported to be more than 3,000 feet high hit Phoenix Friday, limiting visibility and threatening to reshape landscapes and leave a coating of grit in its wake. Striking photos show a wall of dust pushing its way across neighborhoods and streets in the Phoenix metro region in the Valley.

The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.

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The Two-Way
8:08 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Israel And Hamas Reportedly Agree To 12-Hour Truce

Palestinian children, one holding a poster with a picture of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sit next to candles forming the number 848, which they say signals the number of Palestinians killed in the ongoing war, and the word "Gaza" in Arabic at a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday.
Nasser Nasser AP

A humanitarian cease-fire lasting 12 hours could begin in Gaza on Saturday, as Hamas says it has agreed to a temporary peace and Israeli media are reporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also approved the plan. The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, officials say.

"There is a national (Palestinian) agreement on humanitarian ceasefire through the UN on Saturday" for 12 hours, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri posted on his Facebook page, according to NPR's Emily Harris, who's in Gaza.

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7:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How to Succeed When You Return from Prison

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7:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

A Postcard from Exodus

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7:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

From Steel to Leather: An Entrepreneur's Story

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7:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Prediction

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7:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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7:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Limericks

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7:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Panel Round Two

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