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Some 450 migrants were rescued and moved from a fishing boat onto two patrol vessels in the Mediterranean. Italy's prime minister says Malta and France have agreed to take some of the migrants.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a breakthrough on Saturday in a dispute with Malta over the fate of 450 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.
Gaza's armed groups have reportedly agreed a truce with Israel following a surge in cross-border violence. An Israeli military spokesman said its actions would be decided by what happens on the ground.
Islamic Jihad and Hamas said late Saturday that a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt and the UN, had been reached with Israel following a surge in violence on both sides of the Israel-Gaza border.
An Israeli defense official declined to comment on the reported ceasefire, but indicated that Israel's actions would depend on what happens on the ground.
For the second time in two days, Tuareg groups have reported an attack near the Niger border. Large tracts of the country remain lawless despite a peace accord signed with ethnic Tuareg leaders.
More than 30 Tuareg people were killed by suspected jihadists near Mali's northeastern border with Niger, the AFP and EFE new agencies reported on Saturday, citing local sources.
The attack happened just a day after motorbike-riding gunmen killed 12 people near Anderamboukane, the former Tuareg rebel group MSA and tribal leaders said.
The three countries have issued the statement amid ongoing violations of the ceasefire from both sides. The civil war in South Sudan has now entered its fifth year, with the conflict leaving tens of thousands dead.
The United States, Britain, and Norway on Tuesday warned warring sides in the South Sudan conflict to stop violating a ceasefire that began on December 24.
For the first time in a decade — and for just three days — the Rafah border crossing is open under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. It's an important step in the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah.