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By Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Egypt brokered a ceasefire on Thursday aimed at ending a flare-up of rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli towns and Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian enclave, the Islamic Jihad militant group said. There was no immediate word from Israel, but a senior Defence Ministry official said earlier in the day he expected the fighting to die down soon. "Following intensive Egyptian contacts and efforts, the agreement for calm has been restored in accordance with understandings reached in 2012 in Cairo," Khaled al-Batsh, an Islamic Jihad leader, wrote on Facebook, referring to a truce that ended an eight-day Gaza war two years ago. Batsh said Islamic Jihad, which began launching rockets into Israel on Wednesday after Israeli soldiers killed three of its fighters a day earlier, would hold its fire as long as Israel did the same.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is looking to slime some athletes. The network plans to announce Thursday that it's starting a sports awards show modeled after its popular Kids' Choice Awards honoring the highs and lows in entertainment.