UN Head Praises Ceasefire, but Urges "restraint"

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged "utmost restraint" after Israel and Hamas agreed to begin a new, 72-hour truce at 8am local time on Tuesday after close to a month of deadly conflict.  
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Hollande, Merkel urge Putin to broker Ukraine ceasefire

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday to encourage separatists in eastern Ukraine to reach an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities, the French president's office said.

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