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July 25th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Chaos on multiple fronts hampers Obama administration

(CNN) – The White House is facing foreign policy chaos on multiple fronts – from failed attempts at a ceasefire in Gaza, to the explosion of a passenger jet over the Ukrainian war zone, to the rise of ISIS in Iraq, to a rush of central american migrants at the border.

There is essentially a laundry list of human agony abroad for the administration to grapple with right now, all with massive implications back home, and none with easy answers.
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July 25th, 2014
04:54 PM ET

Israel open to pause in fighting

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a 12-hour halt in the fighting as a down payment.

Does that mean they're getting somewhere? And Hamas as agreed?

"What we're trying to determine is how to get as quickly as possible to a cease-fire," said Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson for the State Department.
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July 25th, 2014
04:28 PM ET

Kerry: Framework exists for Mideast cease-fire

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday there was a framework for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas but more needed to be done to make it happen.

Earlier, the Israeli Cabinet rejected a proposed one-week humanitarian cease-fire but Kerry said no final proposal was submitted to Israel for a vote.

"Let's make that clear," Kerry told reporters in Cairo. "There is always mischief from people who oppose certain things, and I consider this one of those mischievous things."

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July 25th, 2014
04:17 PM ET

Pentagon: Russia getting ready to send more powerful weapons into Ukraine

Washington (CNN) - Russia is preparing the transfer of more powerful weaponry into Ukraine, and it could happen at any time, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday, citing the latest U.S. intelligence.

The transfer could be "imminent," the spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, told reporters. It's believed the weaponry will be driven into Ukraine "potentially today," he said, but it is not clear if Russian troops will be involved.

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