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International Aid Groups Rush to Lebanon

The United Nations and other aid agencies scramble to dispatch humanitarian supplies to southern Lebanon, during what Israel says will be a 48-hour pause in air strikes.

The French and Iranian foreign ministers travel to Beirut, both voicing support for an immediate cease-fire -- and outrage over Sunday's Israeli attack that killed more than 50 civilians in the southern village of Qana.

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Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, geopolitics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.