Cairo’s cease-fire plan is backed by the U.S. and Israel. But Hamas has rejected the Egyptian plan and is relying on governments in Qatar and Turkey for an alternative proposal. Qatar and Turkey have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is also linked to Hamas but banned in Egypt. Making the rounds of Sunday talk shows, Kerry said Hamas needs to recognize its own responsibility for the conflict. “It’s ugly.
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The first, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on race, religion, gender or nationality in hiring. President George W. Bush had amended Johnson’s order in 2002 to add the exemption for religious groups. Obama added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protections, and ordered the Labor Department to carry out the order. Administration officials said that means the change will probably take effect by early next year. Obama also amended an order signed by President Richard Nixon in 1969 to prevent discrimination against federal workers based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability.
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“It now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a ceasefire that ends the fighting,” Mr. Obama said, speaking at the White House. “Obviously it will not be easy.” He said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after arriving in the Middle East later Monday, would press for both sides to adhere to a November 2012 ceasefire agreement between Israel and http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ Hamas. He reiterated his support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks, and said Israeli forces have damaged the offensive capabilities of Hamas. But he said the growing number of casualties made a ceasefire necessary.
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The EU has so far lagged behind the U.S. with its sanctions, resisting imposing penalties that would target wide swaths of Russia’s economy. Europe’s reluctance is in part the result of fears that sanctions on Moscow could boomerang and hurt the continent’s economy, which has close ties to Russia. However, given the large number of Europeans killed in last week’s plane crash, U.S. officials believe the EU may be more motivated to deepen its penalties. Obama said now is the time for Putin to “get serious” about resolving the crisis in Ukraine.
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AT&T is also announcing an $18 million commitment to support mentoring and other education programs. The Emerson Collective is committing $50 million to collaborate with school districts and educators to launch a competition to find and develop the best designs for next generation high schools. The Emerson Collective was founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, along with partners from Silicon Valley. Obama will announce the commitments Monday during a town hall at an education center in Washington. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.