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 discusses violence in Israel with Turkish PM

US President Barack Obama phoned Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to discuss how the two nations could help bring an end to rising violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a White House spokesperson has said.

Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told reporters the United States "wants the same thing as the Israelis want," which is an end to rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

The United States is stressing diplomacy and "de-escalation" as keys to solving the conflict, Rhodes said.

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