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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Obama agrees to stay in 'close contact' with Egyptian president

Barack Obama and Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have agreed to stay in close contact during the coming days, report the Reuters news agency.

Obama called Mursi to commend the country's efforts in helping to diffuse the situation in Israel and Gaza, the White House said.

Hisham Kandil, the Egyptian prime minister, has said that Cairo is prepared to mediate a truce in the violence between Israel and Hamas.

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