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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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Reports: Ban Ki-Moon to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders

UN Secretary General Ban stands during Yemen's national anthem at a ceremony in Sanaa, Yemen today Credit: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon plans to meet both Palestinian and Israeli leaders in the next two days in an attempt to end the escalating violence, according to media reports.

The BBC reports that he will meet the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as well as the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and president Shimon Peres among others.

The UN announced on Friday that Mr Ban intended to visit the region soon.

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