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Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal

Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.

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  1. Bill Neely

Israel's attack on Gaza: Why now?

The Israeli air strike that has killed a Hamas military chief heralds a dangerous period for Israel.

It is the first such murder for four years and proof the "war" never ended.

Why now? Why light a fire it surely doesn't need amid Arab chaos and an ongoing Iran issue.

Commander Ahmed Al-Jaabari has been high on Israel's kill list for a decade but the Shin Bet security service and the government must have a solid reason to do it now. It's a gamble.

Israel's army says it killed the Hamas chief to "severely impair the command and control chain of leadership". Al-Jaabari was directly responsible for terror attacks in past years.

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