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The latest round of violence in Gaza has come to an end after weeks of on-going fighting, airstrikes and rocket attacks. At least 2,100 Palestinians, a majority civilians, were killed in the fighting. In the Israeli military, 64 soldiers were killed, and six Israeli civilians died from rocket attacks.

The open-ended ceasefire, which was brokered by officials in Egypt, went into effect last night, and so far, it has stopped the violence that has raged in the region for the last seven weeks. Despite Hamas leaders claiming victory, the conditions of the ceasefire do not appear to contain any significant changes to pre-war status. From The Guardian: “But the terms of the deal … appeared to be almost identical to those agreed at the end of the previous war 21 months ago. Israel will open crossings on its border to allow humanitarian aid and construction materials to enter Gaza, and will extend the permitted fishing zone to six miles off the coast of Gaza” ... Discuss

Today marks 200 years since British troops lit the White House on fire, which is a sad chapter in American history that doesn't get talked about much, given how little America likes to talk about its sad chapters. The British Embassy thought they'd get a little cheeky with the event today, tweeting out the jest below with the caption "Only sparklers this time!"

Of course, America does not now and will never find America lost! to be a good punchline and enough people tweeted their complaint ("I think this is in extremely poor taste." "Is this suppose to be funny") that the Embassy sent a jovial apology a couple hours later, saying "Apologies for earlier Tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today." Of course, they could have just tweeted, "too soon?" ... Discuss

According to a new report from the UN Human Rights Data Analysis Group, the number of people who have died since the start of Syria’s civil war is twice as high as it was just a year ago. The agency has verified the deaths of 191,369 people from March 2011 to April 2014. Agency chief Navi Pillay said in a statement, “Tragically, it is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the first three years of this murderous conflict.” The report sharply criticized the lack of effort from the international community and the United Nations Security Council to help the people of Syria, telling them, “I firmly believe that greater responsiveness by this Council would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives” ... Discuss

A Fijan fisherman happened upon a misplaced cell phone in a taxi cab, and on that cell phone was a shocking, extremely graphic video of five mariners being shot to death on the open sea. The victims are clinging to the wreckage of a small boat, and are picked off one by one by a group of men who are laughing and chatting on several larger vessels. The identity and nationality of the victims and killers and the location of the grisly events are unknown, but Interpol and multiple governments are looking for answers.

Though the phone was found in Fiji, a Fijan naval commander told the press "I can't say how we were able to verify the information but I can confirm that they are not Fiji citizens." Investigators in New Zealand identified one of the ships and suggested the victims may have been failed hijackers, a claim Voice of America disputes ... Discuss

Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Christian missionary who contracted Ebola while helping patients in Liberia, will be discharged from an Atlanta hospital today. Brantly and fellow infected missionary Nancy Writebol—who may also soon be released from the hospital—both received an experimental medication called ZMapp. Two of Brantly’s blood test looking for the virus came back negative. At least 1,350 people have died from the outbreak in West Africa, where, according to CNN, the maker of ZMapp has “sent its entire stock of the experimental drug” in an effort to combat the spread of the virus ... Discuss

Yesterday Israeli TV aired a video of a senior Hamas official saying that the group’s military was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June that set-off new rounds of violence in Gaza. The comments were captured during the World Association of Muslim Scholars. In the video, which aired on Israel’s Channel 10, Salach Al-Aruri reportedly says, the kidnapping was done in “show of support for the [Palestine prisoners’] hunger strike," adding, “It has been said that it is an Israeli conspiracy, and I say it isn't."

Earlier this week, ceasefire talks broke down as Israel resumed airstrikes in Gaza following rocket attacks from the region. Officials say that three Hamas officials were killed in yesterday’s airstrikes. Since the most recent violence began following the kidnapping, more than 2,000 Palestinians—many of them civilians—have been killed. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians have also died in the fighting ... Discuss