**NSC Ends Emergency Meeting After Israeli Strike Kills Hamas Commander**
The United Nations Security Council has ended a late-night emergency meeting after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed the top military commander of Hamas Wednesday.
Indian Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, who heads the 15-nation council this month, said in his capacity as Indian ambassador that he hopes the meeting will lead to a de-escalation of violence in Gaza. Egypt and council member Morocco requested the emergency session on behalf of the Palestinians.
Palestinian and Egyptian diplomats has warned earlier that they may send ground forces into Gaza.
An Israeli missile killed Ahmed al-Jaabari Wednesday as he drove in a car in Gaza City. Israel is warning other Hamas members not to "show their faces above ground" in the next few days.
The attack was part of a wave of airstrikes against Islamic militants in Gaza which Palestinians say has killed at least 10 people. It was a direct response to almost daily Palestinian militant rocket strikes on Israel.
The militants retaliated with another barrage. Israel's missile defense system intercepted 13 rockets with at least one falling in the town of Beersheba. No one was hurt.
**Burma to Release 452 Prisoners Ahead of Obama's Visit**
The Burmese government says it will release hundreds of prisoners ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the country.
Burma's state media announced Thursday that President Thein Sein will pardon 452 prisoners in an effort to promote bilateral relations. Officials said political prisoners will be among those released, but it is not clear how many.
President Obama arrives in Burma Monday for a landmark visit, which is largely seen as an endorsement of Burma's democratic reforms in the past year and a half.
Since taking office in March 2011, President Thein Sein has overseen a number of political reforms that enabled the long-detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the political process. He has also granted amnesty to hundreds of prisoners.