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December 9th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Security out in force at U.S. embassies abroad

(CNN) - Thousands of U.S. marines are on standby around the world, ready to respond to any potential retaliation from the CIA 'torture' report released by the democratic majority on Senate Intelligence Committee today.

The report describes, in grisly detail, the CIA's program of enhanced interrogation techniques.

Canada and Britain have closed their embassies in Cairo over retaliation concerns, and U.S. combatant commanders are on high alert at bases around the world.

CNN's Ian Lee reports live from Cairo.

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July 21st, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Deaths mount in Gaza and Israel as U.S. pushes cease-fire

Gaza City (CNN) - The death toll on both sides of the Gaza battle jumped Monday, as Palestinian officials reported scores more killed and Israel announced seven more soldiers died - including several on Israeli soil.

About 550 Palestinians have been killed, Gaza Health Ministry officials said. It's unknown how many were militants, but the United Nations has estimated that 70% are civilians. Israel has reported dozens of terrorists killed by its forces.

In total, 25 Israeli soldiers have died, including three believed killed by friendly fire. Seven of the soldiers were killed Monday. Four were on Israeli soil, killed as a result of infiltration by Hamas operatives, the Israel Defense Forces said.

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July 15th, 2014
07:01 PM ET

Cease-fire effort collapses as rockets, airstrikes continue

Gaza City (CNN) - An Egypt-backed cease-fire between Israel and Hamas fell apart Tuesday as rocket attacks from Gaza were again answered by Israeli airstrikes.

The rocket attacks from Hamas militants in Gaza never ceased, Israeli officials said. For its part, Israel refrained from airstrikes for about six hours before announcing it was resuming them.

A CNN crew witnessed at least five Israeli strikes just as the announcement was made.

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August 14th, 2013
05:19 PM ET

Bloodiest day since revolution marks new 'beginning' for Egypt

Cairo (CNN) - Military raids on protest camps and vicious battles that followed left scores dead Wednesday in Cairo, starting a new turn in the tumultuous cycle that has rocked Egypt for more than two years.

Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of oustedPresident Mohamed Morsy made it the country's bloodiest single day since the 2011 revolution that ousted the previous president, longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.

"It's an open war," said one protester who managed to escape one of the two protest camps.

At least 278 people were killed in Wednesday's violence, including 235 dead civilians, state TV reported, citing an Egyptian emergency official. Additionally, interim Interior Minister Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim said that 43 police officers were killed.

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