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Israel vowed Thursday to keep its troops in Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp UN and US criticism over the Palestinian death toll. Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not accept any ceasefire that did not allow troops to continue destroying tunnels used by militants to attack Israel. "So I will not accept any (truce) proposal that does not allow the (military) to complete this work for the security of Israel's citizens." Israel does not say how many troops are currently fighting inside the Gaza Strip.
Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha was beaten into second place by arch-rival Nijel Amos of Botswana in the Commonwealth Games 800m final on Thursday. Kenyan star Rudisha, who missed most of the 2013 season with a knee injury, was caught over the last 100m by Botswana's Amos who won in 1min 45.18sec at Hampden Park. Rudisha claimed silver in 1:45.48 with South Africa's Andre Olivier taking bronze in 1:46.03. In the absence of double world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Weir, who won bronze behind Bolt and Yohan Blake at the 2012 London Olympics, timed 20.48sec in his semi-final.