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US lifts Israel flight ban as Kerry cites truce 'progress'

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane after his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv July 23, 2014. Photo - Reuters
US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel Thursday as Washington's top diplomat cited progress in ending 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians.

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