Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 9, 2014.
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By TIME Video
July 10, 2014

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, July 10.

Israel ramps up airstrikes on Gaza. Palestinian authorities call the high civilian death count “state terrorism,” while Israel blames the casualties on Hamas for using hospitals and homes as military bases.

The polarizing Indonesian presidential election continues as both candidates claim victory with the results remaining unknown until July 22.

A study of Colorado’s legal marijuana market predicts the state will sell more than 130 tons of pot this year.

And finally, the world’s tallest water slide is crazy! Named “Verruckt” after the German word for “insane,” the 168-foot tall slide is taller than Niagara Falls.

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