Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its forces' eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (July 25, 2014 10:24 PM)

(AP) -- Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation "significantly."

Hours after the U.S.-led efforts stalled, the two sides agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin...

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