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A rocket fired from Gaza on Tuesday forced airlines to halt flights to Israel, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed over 620 Palestinians. As the violence entered its third week, the United States and Egypt discussed ceasefire proposals in Cairo, and the Palestinian leadership sought to coax Hamas to end hostilities. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Tel Aviv, appealed to Israel and the Islamist movement to "stop fighting" and "start talking," but neither side appeared willing to do so. Israel insisted it would press on with its punishing aerial and ground assault until it destroys cross-border tunnels used by Gaza militants to launch attacks on the Jewish state, while Hamas continued to fire rockets and inflicted more casualties on the army.
By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.