Calls mount for Gaza-Israel cease-fire, greater US efforts

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The U.N. Security Council and Arab diplomats have convened emergency meetings to demand a stop to civilian bloodshed in the Mideast. Sunday’s urgent appeals came as Israeli warplanes carried out the deadliest attacks yet during nearly a week of unrelenting Hamas rocket barrages and Israeli airstrikes. President Joe Biden has given no signs of pressuring Israel to agree to an immediate cease-fire. That’s despite more calls from some Democrats for the Biden administration to step up mediation efforts. Biden’s ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, says the United States is “working tirelessly through diplomatic channels” to stop the fighting.

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