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When Fatal Arrests Are Caught on Camera

Eric Garner's death is the latest in a long line of violent police incidents filmed by amateurs.

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After Eric Garner was killed on Staten Island while being arrested July 22, the footage of the incident quickly turned into a national debate over the use of force by police.

From Rodney King in the early 1990′s to Oscar Grant in 2009, examples of excessive force by officers caught on tape may have fallen by the wayside, were it not for their being captured on video.

The world of iPhones and Twitter have furthered the exposure of such incidents, which often call police behavior into question.

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Israeli-Gaza Cease-Fire Talks at a Stalemate

Successful ceasefire negotiations in the Middle East seem unlikely

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Attempts to achieve peace between Israel and Gaza remain at a stalemate, with no progress made on a potential ceasefire. The fact that the nations who are trying to broker the peace — Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey — have their own unsettled disputes after the Arab Spring has been slowing negotiations down.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo this week in attempt to encourage cease-fire agreements, but the Israeli military confirming a solider has gone missing in Gaza virtually eliminates the hope of a quick truce.

 

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Kerry Aims for Gaza Cease-Fire

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Here are the stories TIME is following on Monday, July 21:

After allegations of pro-Russian separatists tampering with the MH17 crash site evidence, Secretary of State John Kerry demands the U.S. send investigators to debunk “wild conspiracies.”

Kerry also wants to broker a ceasefire in Gaza, after the deadliest day of fighting in 2 weeks killed at least 78 people.

Edward Snowden says that the NSA shared intercepted explicit photographs around the office.

And finally, just act like nothing happened. A Red Sox ballgirl accidentally caught a ball in play and tried to act casual to cover her mistake.

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Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash: Who Shot Down Flight MH17?

MH17 was shot out of the air, but who pulled the trigger?

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The White House has confirmed that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over the Ukraine Thursday, but who launched the missile remains a mystery.

Ukrainian officials believe Russian separatists fired a ground-to-air BUK missile that downed the plane, but in an interview with TIME, separatists leaders claimed they had nothing to do with the incident.

Vladimir Putin tiptoed around the subject, not openly blaming Ukraine for shooting the plane down, but saying they are responsible for creating a climate of political unrest.

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What We Know About the MH17 Crash

Just the facts about the MH17 crash

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Here’s what TIME knows about Malaysian Airlines MH17 and how it crashed:

  • Malaysia Airlines tweeted that the flight’s last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.
  • The flight crashed near the town of Torez in the Ukrainian region of Donetsk.
  • The Boeing 777 was carrying 295 passengers and crew when it crashed. There have been no reports of survivors.
  • Ukraine officials say that the plane may have been shot down by Russian-made weapons.
  • A leader of the pro-separatist group in Ukraine told TIME that rebels did not shoot the plane down, although they have the capability.
  • Both President Obama and Ukrainian President Poroshenko have called for investigations of the crash.

More on the story as it develops.

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Israel and Hamas Resume Fire

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Here are the stories TIME is following on Thursday, July 17.

The “humanitarian pause” between Israel and Hamas is over as rockets were fired into Israel at 3 p.m. local time. Israeli officials say a ground invasion of Gaza is increasingly likely.

A Federal Judge ruled that California’s death penalty system is so broken that it has become unconstitutional, violating the eighth amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”

President Obama announced further sanctions against Russian companies in response to the country’s continued involvement in Ukraine .

And finally, the ESPYS had a lot of winners, and rapper-turned-host Drake dressed up as a whole lot of them, cosplaying some of the night’s biggest stars as part of his emcee duties.

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Immigration Advocate Vargas Released By U.S. Border Patrol

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, July 16.

Immigration advocate and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was released after being detained for attempting to fly without a valid U.S. visa.

Typhoon Rammasun battered the Philippines with driving rain and wind gusts of 115 mph before heading toward China.

A proposal to break California into six states drawn up by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper was submitted for the 2016 ballot, but don’t start adding stars to your flag — Congress is unlikely to approve.

And finally, Hillary Clinton appeared on The Daily Show and dropped tantalizing hints about her ’16 plans.

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Undocumented Immigrants Flown Back to Honduras

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, July 14.

Egypt’s proposed cease-fire fell through as Israel resumed attacks on Gaza, after Hamas reportedly rejected the plan.

A plane full of undocumented women and children were flown back to Honduras from the U.S., after being held in New Mexico detention centers. U.S. Homeland Security Officials say that this planeload will be the first of many.

During one of the worst droughts in its history, California considers emergency regulations that could see residents fined $500 for wasting water.

And finally, Derek Jeter plays in his last MLB All Star Game tonight — but he’s not letting that, or a touching Nike tribute video, get to him.

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UN Call for Ceasefire in Israel Goes Unheeded

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, July 14.

Israel warns Palestinians of impending attacks, but ignores the UN’s call for a ceasefire and continues to launch airstrikes against Hamas in Gaza — as rocket fire at Israel goes on almost unabated.

Citigroup settled with the Department of Justice for $7 billion over subprime mortgage deals that helped create the 2008 financial crisis.

Colorado and Washington may have legalized weed, but employers are still able to fire employees who light up in their spare time.

And finally, LeBron James made news twice in one weekend. After committing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the basketball megastar filmed a streaker at the World Cup final and posted it to Instagram.

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‘A Punch in the Gut’: Baby ‘Cured’ of HIV Relapses

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, July 11.

Doctors found that a Mississippi baby who was thought to be cured of HIV through early medication still has traces of the virus in her blood.

Amazon formally asked for an exemption from the FAA in order to fly drones that would deliver packages in 30 minutes or less.

A flaming ball of space junk the size of a truck lit up the Australian sky.

And finally, no need for “The Decision 2.0,” as this owl predicts which team NBA megastar LeBron James will pick.

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