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Israel, Hamas Cease-fire Takes Effect

A 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect early Friday in the Gaza Strip, as both sides intensify efforts to find a more permanent end to the nearly four weeks of fighting. The cease-fire, announced by the U.S. and the U.N. hours earlier, took effect at 8 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) Friday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” that the lull would bring an end to the Gaza war, now in its fourth week. Israel and Hamas both said they...

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