By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will try in coming days to pass legislation giving President Barack Obama additional funds to deal with a flood of Central American child immigrants, after Republicans who control the chamber on Thursday revolted against a $659 million measure. Republicans held a hastily called closed meeting at the Capitol after plans fell apart to pass their immigration funding bill. Republicans left Thursday's session telling reporters they will stay in Washington until they hold a vote on the House floor on legislation dealing with the tens of thousands of children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, who have amassed at the southwestern border. Whatever bill House Republicans can manage to pass is likely to be rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is weighing its own $2.7 billion emergency funding bill.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday. Kerry said that the two sides would begin the truce at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) and that Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo. "This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence," Kerry said in a hastily arranged mid-morning statement on a visit to New Delhi. "During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies," he said.