- France and the United States reached a deal Friday on a final draft resolution aimed at ending the monthlong conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, with a likely vote by the U.N. Security Council later in the day.
- Britain's Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said: "You never get a deal like this with everybody getting everything that they want".
- The two sides sent the new text to the governments of Israel and Lebanon, but a French diplomat said the vote would go ahead whatever the response. The council was likely to vote on the document about 7 p.m. EDT, the diplomat said.
- An individual close to the Israeli government said there's a "good chance" Israel will a accept the new cease-fire proposal.
- Washington has supported Israel's insistence on staying in southern Lebanon until a robust international force is deployed.
- The latest draft appears to eliminate the prospect of a new, independent multinational force that would patrol a buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon
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