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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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Obama: Israel has right to defend itself

US President Barack Obama said Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles being aimed at the country by militants in the Gaza Strip.

US President Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra address a news conference Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Bangkok, Obama said "no country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people, adding that any effort to resolve the conflict in Gaza "starts with no missiles being fired into Israel's territory".

The President's comments come as Israeli strikes hit two media centres in the Gaza Strip as violence in the region continues to escalate.

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