A ceasefire emerges in Israel-Gaza conflict

May 20, 2021

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A man inspects the rubble of destroyed residential building, which was hit by Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City

A man inspects the rubble of destroyed residential building, which was hit by Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City, May 20, 2021.

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Israel announced a ceasefire with Hamas militants on Thursday after 11 days of fighting and widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip. And, over the years, the Arctic has become a source of tension between Russia and some NATO countries in the region. Also, bipartisan US lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to do more to protect thousands of Afghans and their families who face deadly threats for their work with Americans and their allies in Afghanistan. And, a nesting crane sighting in Ireland is sparking hope of a resurgence in numbers.

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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.