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Secretary of State Kerry is shuttling around the Middle East in the hope of negotiating a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. But both sides seem to be hunkering down, with Israel vowing to “dismantle” Hamas, while Hamas rockets pose an unexpected threat to Ben Gurion airport. Will Hamas increase its demands, at the cost increasing the suffering of its own people? Can Israel pull back now before scoring some kind of “victory?” We’ll hear about the challenges for international leaders as the war goes on.

Also, two Ukrainian warplanes are shot down near the crash site of MH 17, and proposed new rules for train cars carrying oil from the Mid West to coastal refineries.

Banner Image: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Bill Grant as he arrives in Tel Aviv, July 23, 2014. Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to seek ways of ending the deadliest violence in years between Israel and Gaza's Islamist Hamas. REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool

Two Ukrainian Warplanes Shot Down Near Jetliner Crash Site 7 MIN, 38 SEC

Two Ukrainian warplanes were shot down today, and pro-Russian separatist leaders claim they did it with shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missiles. But Ukraine says the anti-aircraft fire came from across the border—in Russia. Paul Sonne is in Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine for the Wall Street Journal.

Paul Sonne, Wall Street Journal (@PaulSonne)

Mid-East Crisis and Prospects for a Cease-Fire 34 MIN, 48 SEC

Before the latest conflict in Gaza, Hamas was struggling. It had lost support from Syria and Egypt and seemed powerless to end Israel’s border blockade. It couldn’t pay government workers, and unemployment was at 50%. Now, its network of tunnels turns out to be much more extensive that anybody expected, and Hamas rocket fire has scared international traffic away from the Ben Gurion Airport. That might be good news for Hamas supporters, but it has come at a terrible price.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous, independent journalist (@sharifkouddous)
Kobi Michael, Institute for National Security Studies (@INSSIsreal)
Mark Perry, independent foreign policy analyst and author (@markperrydc)
Yuval Orr, Israeli-American filmmaker and activist (@yuvalorr)

DOT Releases Stricter Guidelines for Oil Trains 8 MIN, 27 SEC

After tragic accidents from Quebec to Virginia, the US Transportation Department announced new rules today for the thousands of rail cars carrying volatile fuel from the Mid West to coastal refineries. But oil production is increasing fast, and implementing the regulations will take time. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox wants lower speed limits for trains carrying oil for thousands of miles… and the phase-out of outmoded train cars called DOT 111 — many of which are decades old.

David Unger, Christian Science Monitor (@dungerdunger)

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