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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Labour: 'Middle East is more fragile and febrile now than in past 50 years'

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said the Middle East is more fragile now than at any time in the past 50 years.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show about bombings in Israel and Gaza, he said: "The scale of human suffering is of course significant.

"The Middle East is more fragile and more febrile than at any point in the last 50 years. We have been clear that there needs to be a cessation of violence and we urged the secretary general of the United Nations to travel to the region.

"There is no future in seeing ever greater escalation of violence in the region when we have seen this so many times in the past."

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