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Smoke rises after an Israeli air raid on homes in Gaza City Sunday. Photo: Mohamed Zarandah/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Israel's army lifted security restrictions, as Palestinian leaders said they had agreed to a ceasefire following 2 days of deadly violence in the region, Reuters and AFP reported Monday, citing officials with knowledge of the agreement.

Details: Israel didn't confirm the Palestinian report, but the Times of Israel noted that the lifting of restrictions at 7 am local time for people living along the Gaza border and schools announcing they would open indicated "a truce had indeed been reached." Palestinian medical officials reported 25 deaths, including 3 women, 2 babies and at least 10 militants, per AP. AFP reports 4 civilians in Israel were killed.

The big picture: The fighting has been the bloodiest between the 2 sides since Israel's 2014 war with Hamas — the last time Israeli civilians were killed in fighting, per Axios' Zachary Basu.

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National Guard chief says it took 3 hours for Pentagon to grant Jan. 6 request

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William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, will testify Wednesday that it took three hours and 19 minutes for Pentagon leadership to approve a request for National Guard assistance during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, according to his prepared remarks.

Why it matters: The timeline over when National Guard requests were made and granted has been a key point of contention in congressional hearings examining the security failures surrounding the Capitol riots.

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International Criminal Court opens Israel-Palestine war crimes probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu has strongly objected to the investigation. Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday announced her intention to open an investigation into crimes allegedly committed in the Palestinian territories since 2014.

Why it matters: The investigation is expected to consider possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas during the 2014 war in Gaza, as well as the construction of West Bank settlements by Israel. It could sharply increase tensions between Israel, which fiercely opposes the probe, and Palestinian leaders, who requested it.

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Exxon says it's well-positioned amid investor pressure

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ExxonMobil said Wednesday that its oil-and-gas development plans will create good returns even at modest oil prices as the company looks to win back investor confidence after several rocky years.

Driving the news: The company, just ahead of an investor presentation this morning, said its investments are designed to generate returns of over 30% and touted its spending reductions.