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No breakthroughs as Kerry joins talks for Gaza cease-fire
No breakthroughs as Kerry joins talks for Gaza cease-fire

Diplomatic efforts to achieve a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip yielded no apparent breakthrough on Tuesday, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry reiterated U.S. support for an Egyptian-authored truce initiative, while also opening the door to wider negotiations. More than 600 Palestinians and at least 29 Israelis have died in a blistering two-week Israeli offensive against Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza. A rising international chorus has called for a halt to the hostilities, which have exacted a heavy toll on civilians in the impoverished coastal territory. “We are continuing to work, and there is more work to be done,” Kerry said after a round of high-level...

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