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Prospects of a ceasefire offer hope to ending violence between Israel and Hamas

Top of the World: Officials close to the negotiations between Israel and Hamas say a ceasefire could be announced in the next 24 hours as hostilities continue. And South Korean President Moon Jae-in is on a four-day visit to Washington, hoping to revive stalled talks with North Korea. Also, Russia assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council bloc, as the US tries to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules.

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Israel-Hamas hostilities continue into 10th day

Top of The World: As pressure grows to negotiate an end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip again woke up to new airstrikes. And, India reported a grim new record Wednesday with more coronavirus deaths in a single day than any other country at any time during the pandemic. Also, EU officials have agreed on Wednesday to measures that would ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people

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Biden supports Israel-Hamas ceasefire as humanitarian crisis deepens

Top of The World: US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed support for a ceasefire, according to a readout of a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And, the massive cyclone Tauktae made landfall Monday in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Also, a record 6,000 migrants have jumped fences or swum onto the Spanish city of Ceuta, in North Africa.

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Israel conducts heavy airstrike bombardment on Gaza

Top of The World: As the conflict enters a second week, Palestinians in Gaza awoke on Monday to heavy airstrikes. And, election results in Chile suggest the country’s center-right ruling coalition failed to secure one-third of seats necessary to control the body that will draft the country's new constitution. Also, the WHO says working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people.

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Israel deploys ground troops to Gaza border as conflict escalates

Top of The World: Israeli military officials said ground forces have bombarded Gaza with artillery — but have not entered the territory. And, IT systems for the Irish Health Service have been shut down because of a “significant ransomware attack." Also, Colombia’s human rights ombudsman said Tuesday that 168 people have been reported missing

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Deadly violence in Israel and Gaza raises concerns of war

Top of The World: Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas leaders and Hamas returned fire. And, there's a surge of coronavirus cases in countries in Asia and the Pacific. Also, research by the Uyghur Human Rights Project has found evidence of imprisonment and detention of at least 630 imams and other Muslim religious figures in China’s Xinjiang region

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Deaths mount as violence escalates in Gaza

Top of The World: Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, leveling apartment towers and other targets and a mounting death toll. And, with a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelming the health system in India, officials reported a new record number of daily deaths at 4,205 people. Also, an independent panel reviewing the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak said on Wednesday that the pandemic was preventable.

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