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Gaza ceasefire deal reached....
Ukraine and Russia agree on cease-fire talks....
I'm Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.
Egypt brokered a deal for an open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant factions in Gaza after seven weeks of fighting that's killed more than 21-hundred people--most of them Palestinians. Edward Yeranian reports:
The announcement of a long-term cease-fire agreement for Gaza was made by the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, from his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He said the Palestinian leadership has agreed to the call by Egypt for a complete and permanent cease-fire in accordance with the demands and needs of [the Palestinian] people in Gaza and in light of rebuilding what was destroyed. The Egyptian foreign ministry indicated that Israel had "agreed to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza" as part of the agreement. Edward Yeranian for VOA News, Cairo.
“The warring sides agreed to open talks within a month on Israel's demand that Hamas be disarmed and the Palestinian call for a complete end to the years-long blockade.
Ukraine and Russia say an agreement was reached to begin talks that could lead to a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko -- speaking separately -- announced the deal late Tuesday after a face-to-face meeting in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Senior U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week. U.S. officials say Egypt provided the base for the launch and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots. Neither have commented on the attacks.
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The U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan says one of its helicopters went down near the northwestern town of Bentiu. Four crew members thought to be of Ukrainian or Russian nationality were on board during the routine cargo flight. There's no word on what caused the crash.
The White House says there are no plans to coordinate with Syria in the fight against Islamic State militants who threaten the United States and are trying to topple the Assad government. Reports say the Pentagon has already started surveillance flights over Syria to track the movements of the Islamic State ahead of possible airstrikes on the militants.
President Barack Obama authorized the flights Monday, but U.S. officials have declined to say whether they have begun.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says seven European governments have agreed to join the United States in supplying weaponry to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq. Britain, Canada, Albania and Croatia will join Denmark, Italy and France in providing arms and equipment to the Kurds. Islamic State jihadists overran large areas of northern and western Iraq in June. Earlier this month, they pushed Kurdish forces back toward their regional capital, Irbil.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is threatening to pull out of the U.N.-supervised auditing process of June's disputed runoff election, further complicating efforts to resolve the standoff. Auditors are in their final stages of examining the eight million votes cast during the June 14th run-off between Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Though preliminary votes suggested Ghani finished well ahead of Abdullah, both claimed to have won the election.
The World Health Organization is calling for regulations on e-cigarettes to minimize their potential health risks. Lisa Schlein reports:
The U.N. agency is calling for global regulations to protect the public from the possible harmful effects of this untested product. WHO Director of Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, Douglas Bettcher, says regulations will maximize the potential of e-cigarettes to wean people from smoking and minimize the potential health risks.
“Evidence shows that while they are likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes use poses threats to adolescents and fetuses of pregnant mothers using these devices. E-cigarettes also increase the exposure of non-smokers and bystanders to nicotine and a number of other toxicants."
Lisa Schlein for VOA News, Geneva.
U.S. hamburger chain Burger King is buying Canadian coffee and donut retailer Tim Hortons for 11 billion dollars, a merger that creates the world's third largest fast-food company. The combined venture is expected to have annual sales of about 23 billion dollars, with 18-thousand restaurants in 100 countries. I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington. That's the latest world news from VOA.
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