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

Israel's military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.
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12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza

The truce will allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, officials say.
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The Politics Hour - August 1, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joins the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

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For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.
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Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.
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In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line

Both the government and the people of Israel have been determined to continue the country's ground invasion in Gaza, despite a growing wave of international criticism. Israelis have been shaken by claims that Hamas has a heavily fortified network of tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
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DC's Urban Legends

Professional tour guide and author Robert Pohl debunks the truth behind some of the city's most persistent myths.

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Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Faced with lingering questions about medical care for volunteers, sexual assaults and even murder, the Peace Corps is pushing to address concerns and modernize its application process.

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Travel Tech for a Great Vacation

We ask travel and tech writers to share their favorite apps, websites and devices for a great summer vacation.

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Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected reports that a proposed seven-day cease-fire had been rebuffed by Israel's Security Cabinet.

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