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Israel Says It Will Return to Cease-Fire Talks Soon

Israel Says It Will Return to Cease-Fire Talks Soon
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Observers say Israel launches a new attack on Aleppo, killing more than 30 people and wounding others. The news comes as Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel is ready to resume cease-fire talks with Hamas. Overnight, Russian forces launched 99 drones and missiles targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure while President Zelensky announced Ukraine is preparing for a new major Russian assault in the upcoming months. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to go to France and Belgium next week to enhance unity among close U.S. allies in their support for Ukraine in its war against Russia and for Israel in its war against Hamas militants. Analysts say he faces a tough task. Russia on Thursday vetoed the annual renewal of a panel of experts that oversees the enforcement of long-standing United Nations sanctions against North Korea. VOA's Scott Walterman discusses with Gregg Brazinsky of George Washington University. And it's cherry blossom season in Washington D.C., and amidst the blooming trees along the Tidal Basin stands 'Stumpy,' a cherished figure among the 1,400 cherry blossom trees adorning the area's monuments.