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  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands— Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude falls to $102; inventories in focus Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, July 23- U.S. crude dropped to around $102 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday, falling for a second consecutive session with oil supplies unaffected by continuing violence in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza. The report from U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration is due at 1430 GMT.

  • Israel pounds Gaza despite global peace efforts Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:54 PM ET
    An 'Iron Dome' short-range missile defense system is positioned near the northern city of Haifa in Israel.

    Israel pounded Gaza, saying no ceasefire was near as U.S. and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed over 600 lives.

  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • FAA shuts air route from US to Israel for 24 hours Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 5:12 PM ET
    Passengers at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel.

    The FAA barred U.S. flights to Israel for 24 hours after a rocket landed near Ben Gurion airport. Some European carriers canceled flights as well.

  • *Fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. BENGHAZI, Libya, July 22- A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan army base in Benghazi killed at least four solders in an escalation of clashes between Islamist militants and regular forces battling to oust them from the eastern city. Suicide bombings are rare in Libya, where a fragile government is struggling to impose order.

  • War, secrets & social media     Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    Retired Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich created IDF's social media unit, and explains what the social pages enable IDF to do during the crisis in Israel and Gaza.

  • EU fails to back up tough talk on Russia, for now Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:13 PM ET
    Ukrainian rescue servicemen look through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Grabovo, Ukraine.

    The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action.

  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

  • Will I fly over a war zone? Why you can't know Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Airlines will likely still fly over hot spots as they try to balance flight times, fuel burn and other variables, NBC reports.

  • Israel's objectives & dilemma     Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    Ambassador James Jeffrey, former Deputy National Security Advisor, provides insight into the conflict in the Middle East and relationship between the U.S. and Israeli government.

  • *Kiev says 41,000 Russian troops grouped nearby border with Ukraine. KIEV, July 22- Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia.

  • *Fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. The El-Feel oilfield last week was forced to cut back due to events in Tripoli, where two rival brigades of militias have fought over control of the airport.

  • France to deliver warship to Russia, defying allies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 5:39 AM ET
    An Israeli navy vessel enters the southern port of Ashdod.

    French officials defended President Hollande's decision to go ahead with delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia.

  • Geopolitical tensions seen keeping oil prices high Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 2:41 AM ET

    The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza, the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and expectations of a fall in U.S. crude inventories.

  • Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    JERUSALEM— A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.

  • TOKYO, July 22- Asian stocks edged up in early trading on Tuesday, though the upside was capped by lingering concerns about the Ukraine crisis and violence in Gaza which pressured U.S. yields and the dollar.

  • Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says sanctions on Russia should be targeted in technology and finance.

  • 85,000 Palestinians displaced: Report     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports the humanitarian situation is worsening in Gaza as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and General Ban Ki-moon are trying to negotiate a ceasefire.