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26 July 2014 Last updated at 03:20 ET

Israel and Hamas begin 12-hour truce

A 12-hour humanitarian window in Gaza, agreed upon by Israel and Hamas, has begun, as international efforts to secure a longer truce continue.


US President Barack Obama (second from right) appeared with President Otto Perez Molina (second from left) of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez (right) of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (left) of El Salvador at the White House in Washington on 25 July 2014 US 'will send migrant youths home'

President Obama says undocumented immigrant children without legal claims to be in the US will be sent home, as he meets Central American leaders.

The Montesinos watch collectionPeru to auction Montesinos jewels

The Peruvian government is to sell dozens of gold watches and diamond-encrusted cufflinks seized from disgraced ex-spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos.

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Gaza crisis: Shejaiya assault defines grimmest day

The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet reports from Gaza City on the impact of Israel's assault on the neighbourhood of Shejaiya.

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