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Day 21. Yet another lull in the fighting between Israel and Hamas appeared shortlived Monday, as attacks resumed after a lull for the beginning of Eid. Israel said it responded to rockets from Hamas with at least three airstrikes of its own on Gaza — one in which a 4-year-old boy was reportedly killed. The Israeli army said it was continuing to hunt for and destroy Hamas' underground tunnels. Meanwhile, diplomacy fail at the UN. Both Palestinian and Israeli envoys voiced disappointment in the Security Council's statement on a lasting ceasefire, which still seems far from reality. As always, stay up to date with our liveblog.
Homing in. On Monday, at least three civilians were reported killed overnight, and Kyiv said its troops recaptured Savur Mogila, a strategic piece of high ground about 20 miles from the crash site, as well as other areas under rebel control. In Ukraine, separatists still control the area where MH17 was shot down but fighting around there has intensified as government forces try to drive them out. Over the weekend, international police said they couldn't reach the crash site because of fighting.
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Meditate on hate. They are not what you'd call the stereotype of Buddhism, but they exist nonetheless. In Myanmar, Buddhist extremists — whose views on racial and religious purity evoke the Ku Klux Klan — are obsessed with the idea that Muslim men are out to seduce their women. Despite the fact that there is no evidence to back their theories up, these vigilante extremists are successfully exploiting fears to that effect. They have found it particularly effective to spread rumors about Muslim sexual predators preying on Buddhist women. One rape allegation and you've got yourself an angry mob.
Royal pain. These are tough times for British workers — unless you happen to be part of a particular family business headquartered in central London. In exchange for official duties such as opening parliament, meeting regularly with the prime minister and rubber-stamping legislation, the queen’s state paycheck for 2014-15 will amount to nearly $65 million dollars — that’s a 5 percent increase over the previous year’s payout, more than three times the 1.6 percent rate of inflation.
Strange But True
Natural beauty. You'd expect a reality show in South Korea — plastic surgery capital of the world — to follow people on their quests to go under the knife. And they have those. But what they also have now is a reality show that is pushing back against the tide of more and more cosmetic surgery. With, well, more cosmetic surgery. "Back To My Face" gives plastic surgery addicts an opportunity to, ironically, go under the knife one last time to restore their natural beauty.