In a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 1, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon aired concern over the stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. The secretary-general told Netanyahu that he hoped the prime minister “would act with wisdom and restraint,” according to a statement from Ban’s spokesperson. Ban also urged Netanyahu to take meaningful steps toward ending Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the U.N. News Center says.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.