Hamas and Israel agree to Egyptian-brokered truce

May 21, 2021

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People walk by a damaged residential building after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

People walk by a damaged residential building after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip last week, in Ashkelon, Israel, May 21, 2021. 

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After 11 days of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the sides agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce. As Gaza rebuilds, what does the blockade imposed in 2007 mean for postconflict life? Also, as European countries open up to tourists, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, weighs in on the state of the pandemic and how to prepare for the next one. And, an iceberg bigger than the state of Rhode Island broke off from Antarctica last week. It was the largest iceberg in the world.

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