In a move likely to put a dent in Israel's vital tourism and export sectors, the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Israel for up to 24 hours because of escalating violence between Israel and Hamas. The move came after a rocket strike landed about one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, according to a statement by the FAA.
The United States and other key members of the U.N. Security Council accused Russia of playing a double game on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: supporting U.N. calls for an independent investigation into the tragedy while simultaneously doing nothing to prevent pro-Russian armed separatists from despoiling the crime scene, looting jewelry and other valuables from the dead, and destroying vital evidence.
World leaders expressed disgust at the treatment of the Malaysia Airlines crash site by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and increased their demands that Russian President Vladimir Putin do more to rein them in.
Secretary of State John Kerry called on Hamas to put down arms to stop the ground war in Gaza, but in a candid moment seemed frustrated that Israel's offensive was causing so many civilian deaths.
The United States, Iran, and five other major powers said late Friday that they would extend the high-stakes talks over Iran's nuclear program for four months while negotiators try to close what both sides acknowledge to be major divides over several issues.