The religious holiday Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, began on Friday across the Muslim world. What is normally a time of celebration is for the 1.6 million residents of the Gaza Strip a reminder of their desperate financial straits after five years of Israeli blockade. This week's fierce exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli air and artillery strikes has also sparked fears of another Israeli military operation in Gaza.
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The Justice Department filed a $1 billion mortgage fraud case this week against Bank of America. To be clear, it is a civil case; the only thing at stake is money.
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The guns have fallen silent in some areas of Aleppo, but there are still reports of scattered fighting in several parts of Syria. The military and Syrian rebels had agreed to a temporary cease-fire during the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.