Kerry returns to Mideast to push for cease-fire

Palestinians dance while flying a Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Palestinians dance while flying a Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement flag reading in Arabic "there is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet," during celebrations in the West bank city of Ramallah, late Sunday, July 20, 2014. The Hamas' armed wing said it has captured an Israeli soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip. Speaking on a Hamas television station, spokesman Abu Ubaida said "we have captured a Zionist soldier and the occupation has not admitted that." The claim could not immediately be verified and the Israeli military said it was investigating the report. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (July 21, 2014 10:58 AM)

(AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend.

Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.

He will urge...

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