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Ban lands in Cairo for Gaza cease-fire talks

Smoke rises after an Israeli shell hit at Shijaiyah neighborhood, Gaza City July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo Monday for talks to build support for a truce in Gaza as part of his whistle-stop tour of the region, an airport official said.

Ban, who arrived from Kuwait, is due to meet Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri as international efforts to end the deadly conflict in the Palestinian territory intensified, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also expected to arrive in the Egyptian capital later in the evening.

 

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