Monday News Brief: 7.28.14

By Cassie Hudson 07.28.2014 blog

Happy Monday! Here are the stories making headlines this week:

The international community, including Secretary of State John Kerry, continues its efforts to put an end to the three-week war between Israel and Hamas. On Sunday, the United Nations Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.”

The UN announcement comes after Hamas rejected Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire over the weekend. According to Palestinian officials, more than 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the 21 days of fighting. Israel has lost more than 40 soldiers.

“Unfortunately the world doesn’t blame the Israelis,” said Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, interviewed by CBS news anchor Charlie Rose from Cairo.

As fighting intensifies in Ukraine, residents are fleeing their homes Monday. The explosive situation in the country has prevented international police from accessing the crash site of MH17.

On Monday, students involved in the South Korean ferry disaster testified that they were able to survive the incident by helping each other flee.

Plagued by the country’s scandalous past, Spain’s new King Felipe VI plans to restore public trust in the monarchy by making a few changes. In a Palace statement released Monday, the new measures will include plans for a new code of conduct, tighter control of gifts received by the royal family and full transparency with royal palace accounts.

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