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CNN Radio News Day: November 20, 2012

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    Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

    Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

    There were conflicting reports today out of Gaza. It looked like Hamas was calling for a temporary ceasefire seven days into the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, but now Egypt says that calm down won't begin tonight. Israel has demanded a 24-hour quiet period, which means a halt in Hamas rocket fire, before further peace talks take place. In the meantime, it will be up to Hamas and Israel to work out an agreement with the help of Egypt, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon:

    " I know how difficult the situation is here. But, Israel must exercise maximum restraint. I strongly caution against a ground operation which will only result in further tragedy."

    The Secretary General spoke in Israel today following a meeting with both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Violence has also flared in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A rebel group known as M23 is now in control of a key city there. The group is comprised of former Congolese soldiers and now have free reign in Goma, a town on the country's border with Rwanda. This is the latest development in what's been called "Africa's World War." Herve Ladsous, a U.N. undersecretary for peacekeeping, says the rebels are well-armed:

    "They have night vision equipment which is what allowed them to launch their offense at 4 a.m. this morning. They also have, for instance, 120 millimeter mortars, which they did not have not so long ago."

    Thanksgiving is a time when food shelters across the country put together turkey dinners for homeless Americans. But, programs that help fund soup kitchens and other services for the homeless may find themselves going off their own "fiscal cliff" if Congress fails to reach a budget deal before the end of the year. Advocates for the homeless say they have an additional problem: branding.

    "So, one of the consequences of homelessness being with us for now three-plus generations is that homelessness has lost its rank as a tragedy in this country", says Neil Donovan who runs the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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