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Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire in Gaza

Sunday, January 18, 2009 | 6:38 p.m. CST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops, some smiling and dancing, began to withdraw from Gaza on Sunday after their government and Hamas militants declared an end to a three-week war. But neither side achieved long-term goals and the burden of consolidating the fragile calm fell to world leaders.

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