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Conflict along the Gaza Strip

  • The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself.

    The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.

    - Excerpt from a readeout of President Obama's call to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as distributed by the White House
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Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

VIENNA - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations. | Video