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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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Blair: Egypt crucial to halting Gaza conflict

Egypt has an "extremely important role to play" among the external influences in the Gaza conflict looking to halt an escalation in violence, Tony Blair has told ITV News.

With Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil set to visit Gaza tomorrow in a show of support for the Palestinians, Mr Blair said:

(The push for peace) will ultimately involve not just members of the international community, but particularly Egypt's got an extremely important role to play. And Egypt, because it's got its own enormous challenges at the moment - both economic and other. So Egypt I think will be horrified at the way this situation has escalated and want to de-escalate it.

You can see Julie Etchingham's interview with Tony Blair on ITV News at Ten.

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