South Korea Proposes Talks with North
South Korea has sent a message to the North proposing a high level-meeting to discuss mutual interests, including reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
The message Monday suggested August 19th as the date for talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.
The most recent family reunions, held in February, were the first in more than three years.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has proposed that the two rivals hold regularly-scheduled reunions because time is running out for the elderly people separated by politics and the early 1950's war.
Israelis, Palestinians Begin New Truce
Israel and Hamas have begun a new 72-hour cease-fire, giving the warring sides another chance to negotiate a lasting end to a month of fighting that has left 2,000 people dead.
Egypt mediated the truce that went into effect early Monday, and is hosting delegations from both sides for talks in Cairo
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the cease-fire, and expressed "strong hope" that Israel and Hamas could agree to halt the conflict for the sake of all civilians.
He also said the U.N. is ready to assist in implementing any agreement that brings peace and a chance for "much-needed reconstruction and development of Gaza."