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With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

  • bane: Sen. Rand Paul, R-K y., formerly the bane of the Israel lobby for suggesting a U.S. aid cutoff, has said no one should question Israel's actions in a time of war.
  • ebullient: The ebullient bipartisan support for Israel is also leading many House and Senate members to rev up their opposition to the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran.
  • outdo: Not to be outdone, Cruz filed his own Iran bill.

Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

  • message: Authorities now believe someone on board the Boeing 777 shut down part of the aircraft's messaging system about the same time the plane with 239 people on board disappeared from civilian radar.
  • rub: China's participation in the Rim of the Pacific exercises beginning June 26 will enable Chinese naval officers to rub shoulders with U.S. counterparts as well as those from countries with which it has maritime disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
  • recline: Sallow-faced and dressed in black, he reclined on a mat spread over a curbside across the street from the Parliament building, now empty.

Israel Targets Hamas-Controlled Sites, Warns of 'Protracted Campaign'

  • calm: The explosion of violence, after a day of relative calm on Sunday, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull into a longer-term ceasefire.
  • wreck: The explosion of violence, after a day of relative calm on Sunday, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull into a longer-term ceasefire.
  • balk: Israel initially balked, having abandoned its own offer to extend a 12-hour truce from Saturday when Palestinian rockets kept flying.
  • cessation: Both U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire to allow relief to reach Gaza's 1.8 million Palestinians, followed by negotiations on a more durable cessation of hostilities.
  • lull: The explosion of violence, after a day of relative calm on Sunday, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull into a longer-term ceasefire.

Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

  • extinguish: Combat over control of the nearby airport forced firefighters to withdraw, abandoning their attempts to extinguish the blaze ignited by a missile strike that hit millions of litres of fuel.
  • blaze: Combat over control of the nearby airport forced firefighters to withdraw, abandoning their attempts to extinguish the blaze ignited by a missile strike that hit millions of litres of fuel.
  • blaze: The second tank has been hit and the firefighters have withdrawn from the site as the fighting has resumed in the area," said Mohamed Al-Harrai, a spokesman for the national oil company said of the blaze, which choked the sky above the city with black smoke.
  • controller: This crisis is causing lots of confusion, lots of foreigners are leaving and diplomats are also departing through here," said Salah Qahdrah, security controller at Mitiga air base, now a secondary airport operating limited flights.
  • convoy: A British embassy convoy leaving by road for Tunisia came under gunfire in an apparent attempted hijacking on Sunday outside Tripoli as it headed to the border.

West Africa Battles Worst Ever Ebola Outbreak

  • ache: He has body aches, pains, the typical Ebola symptoms.
  • contagious: Victims of the disease are still highly contagious after the death, and health workers are warning families against traditional burial practices, such as washing the body or touching it before burial.
  • jaundice: Chest pain, skin rashes, mental confusion and jaundice ( yellow skin) can also occur.
  • enzyme: Health workers will confirm an ebola diagnosis through blood tests that measure white blood cells, platelet counts, and liver enzymes.
  • prim: That includes avoiding sick or dead animals, especially prim ates; washing hands frequently; and alerting health care workers if infection is suspected.

Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

  • telephone: On Sunday, President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express his concern over the mounting Palestinian casualties.
  • normalcy: The U.S. president also pushed for an immed iate, unconditional cease-fire that would allow Israeli and Palestinian civilians to return to normalcy.
  • lull: International diplomats have hoped that a temporary lull in the fighting could be expanded into a more sustainable truce to end the bloodshed.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 19 Filipinos in road attack

  • marine: About 40 to 50 Abu Sayyaf militants armed with assault rifles opened fire on the vans, marine Brig.
  • feud: The motive was not immediately clear, but Pinto said some of the dead belonged to a civilian security force and were engaged in a clan feud with the Abu Sayyaf.
  • heinous: Armed forces spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala condemned "this heinous atrocity that victimized innocent civilians," adding the military " will continue its pursuit operations until those responsible are brought to justice.
  • atrocity: Armed forces spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala condemned "this heinous atrocity that victimized innocent civilians," adding the military " will continue its pursuit operations until those responsible are brought to justice.

UN Calls for Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire

  • subside: Gaza Strip residents and Reuters witnesses said Israeli shelling and Hamas missile launches slowly subsided on Sunday, suggesting a de facto truce might be taking shape ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which began Monday.
  • lull: The strikes broke a relative lull in the fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday.
  • halt: The call for a cease-fire follows new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting.
  • subside: Fighting had subsided over the weekend, with the battered Palestinian enclave's dominant Hamas Islamists endorsing a U.N. call for a 24-hour halt ahead of Monday's Eid al-Fitr festival.
  • balk: Yet Israel balked, having abandoned its own offer to extend a 12-hour truce from Saturday as Palestinian rocket launches persisted.