Obama speaks with Egypt's Mursi, commends ceasefire efforts

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:27pm EST

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WASHINGTON Nov 21 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, praising his efforts to help broker a ceasefire in the conflict flaring in the Middle East, the White House said.

Under the Egyptian-brokered agreement, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire after more than a week of fighting in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

Obama spoke earlier with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.