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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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Scots vote in independence referendum to seal the United Kingdom's fate

EDINBURGH - Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year union or back secession. | Video