Monday News Brief: 7.21.14

By Cassie Hudson 07.21.2014 blog

It’s Monday. ICYMI, here’s what’s happening with the current situation in Israel and more stories making headlines this week:

Over the weekend, the situation in Israel intensified, with the Palestinian death toll passing 500. Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East to urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting with Israel.

In response to the cease-fire agreement, the top Hamas leader in the Gaza strip said the Islamic militant group would not agree to it. He went on to say, “that the aim of the current battle is to break a 7-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory”

“We have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives,” Obama said Monday. “And that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a ceasefire that ends the fighting and can stop the deaths of innocent civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.”

Meanwhile, global indignation is growing over the MH17 crash site conditions. President Obama and other world leaders are putting international pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in the rebels who are tampering with the site.

On Monday, NASA honored Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center. Armstrong passed away in 2012.

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