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Why did the U.S block the UN from enforcing an official ceasefire?

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The violence in Gaza has officially come to an end as the ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and Hamas officially came into force on Friday morning.

“The question becomes – Why is it that the United States blocked the UN from enforcing an official ceasefire,” Andray Domise, Editor at Maclean’s Magazine, said on tickerNEWS.

The U.S blocked a joint statement calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, reportedly five times, before the offical ceasefire came into action.

“It’s very good the hostility has come to a close, but it doesn’t mean the conditions within Palestine have changed”

What’s happening with the ceasefire?

Israel’s security council says the end of the 11-day conflict with the Hamas militants was proposed by Egypt and will be “mutual and unconditional”.

It follows US President Joe Biden yesterday putting pressure on Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring an end to the violence immediately.

Biden has applauded the moves to end the violence and has vowed to continue with “quiet, relentless diplomacy”.

The President of Egypt provided to security delegations who will work to uphold the ceasefire.

The impact of the conflict has been immense, the violence between Israel and Hamas has been described by man as the worst in decades.

What will happen after the ceasefire?

Andray Domise on the conditions in palestine

Domise says there needs to be more than “just a restructure of Gaza”

“Regardless of whatever treaties are signed… the annexations continue.”

Previously, Egypt was able to broker on behalf of the Palestinians. However, after Arab Springs, “there is less of an interest to stand with the people of Gaza”, Domise adds.

“It’s almost as if the Palestinian people have fewer and fewer friends in the region as time goes on.”

“Netanyahu has been incredibly antagonistic towards the Palestinian people” As Israel & Hamas agree to a ceasefire.

Domise says peace won’t be restored until the @IsraeliPM and those who are in his Government leave politics.

Is there a social media war on how the conflict is being played out online?

Andrew Selepak, Media Professor at the University of Florida says social media impacts how we see world events, including the unfolding situation between Israel and Hamas.

University of Florida Professor @aselepak
breaks down why it’s so problematic.

“There is a lot of potential for false information…. that potentially is going to lead to more conflict.”

When did the conflict between Israel and Hamas start?

The fighting began on the 10th of May.

Tensions were brought to a head at a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims

At least 232 people have lost their lives in Gaza, 100 of whom are women and children

12 Israelis died, this figure includes two children.

Around 4,000 rockets were fired by Hamas militants into Israeli territory

ticker’s Adrian Franklin details footage from Gaza showing citizens celebrating the end of the conflict.

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Jab or jail: Duterte’s warning to Filipinos

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The President of the Phillipines is threatening his citizens with jail, if they don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine hesitancy is a serious problem in the Phillipines.

In a country where more than 23,000 people have died from COVID-19, a recent poll indicated only a third of Filipinos are willing to get inoculated.

The nation’s leader has threatened those who fail to do so.

In a televised address, Rodrigo Duterte warned: ‘You choose, Covid vaccine or I will have you jailed’.

He says that village leaders should “keep a list of those who refused to be vaccinated”.

“If you’re a person who’s not vaccinated and a potential carrier, to protect the people, I have to sequester you in jail.”

The comments put the hardline leader at odds with health officials who say vaccines are voluntary.

Last year the President ordered police and military to kill citizens who defied lockdown restrictions.

There have been more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus in the country since the start of the pandemic.

“Don’t get me wrong, there is a crisis in this country,” Duterte told citizens in his address. “I’m just exasperated by Filipinos not heeding the government.”

“The first wave has really depleted the resources of government,” the President said. “Another one would be disastrous for this country.”

Duterte claims that is why “the stricter you are, the better”.

In response to his comments, the nation’s Justice Secretary says he believes the President “merely used strong words to drive home the need for us to get vaccinated and reach herd immunity as soon as possible”.

Menardo Guevarra added that there is currently no law that penalises people who refuse to get a COVID vaccine.

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Millions of American families are about to get cash in their pockets

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From next month, around 36 million American families are due to begin receiving payments totalling up to $1800 through to December this year.

Lawmakers have temporarily expanded the Child Tax Credit (CTC) available to families with children in 2021.

Known as the enhanced Child Tax Credit, it was signed into law by President Joe Biden as part of the American Rescue plan.

The efforts will increase the previous $2,000 annual tax credit to $3,600 per child, with half being paid in cash instalments and the rest claimed on 2021 tax returns.

Families will get monthly payments of up to $300 for each child 6 years old and under and up to $250 for each child 6 to 18 years old.

These funds can help parents afford necessities like diapers, school supplies, and food. But this increase in the CTC payments has only been approved for 2021.

The Biden administration has also proposed to extend this new cash-back system for five years if successful.

An estimated 90 percent of children in the United States will automatically get the CTC. Even if a parent is making little to no income, they can still be eligible for the new CTC.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris says residents need to “spread the word”

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Fresh study reveals divide in the U.S

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A new poll has found that around one-third of Americans are convinced that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

The Monmouth University study found that 32 percent of respondents are of the impression that widespread voter fraud was the reason President Biden won the election.

In similar polls conducted by the university in November, January and March, this figure has remained steady.

The study’s director says “the continuing efforts to question the validity of last year’s election is deepening the partisan divide in ways that could have long-term consequences for America’s Democracy”.

Unsurprisingly, the research also found that the majority of those who believe in the voter fraud theory are either Republican or Republican-leaning.

The Monmouth poll surveyed 810 U.S. adults from June 9-14. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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