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July 21, 2014
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An emergency, closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council was called Sunday night at the request of Jordan, and during the session, the Council called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

The BBC's Nick Bryant reports that Jordan proposed crafting a strongly worded draft resolution for consideration, but members could just agree on "elements to the press," which is the weakest action the Security Council can take.

Rwanda's ambassador to the UN, Eugene Gasana, said that the session was "sobering," and members shared their worries about the increasing violence. Sunday was the deadliest day of fighting, the BBC reports, with more than 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. Gasana said that the rising casualty numbers gave the members "serious concern," and they are calling for "the respect of international humanitarian law, including protection of civilians." Catherine Garcia

1:25 p.m. ET

At noon on Friday there was another peaceful transition of power... on Twitter. As President Trump was being sworn into office, Twitter transitioned the official @POTUS handle from Barack Obama (who is now @POTUS44) to the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. President Trump's official Twitter page features his photo and a banner image of Inauguration Day — a flag-draped Capital building and a sea of supporters waving American flags on a sunny day.

Hold up. Isn't it raining in D.C.?

As several keen-eyed Twitter users pointed out, Trump's exuberant Inauguration-Day banner photo is actually from Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration.

Perhaps this is Trump's subtle way of telling Americans he'll hold onto a few vestiges of Obama's presidency after all. Lauren Hansen

1:17 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden has left the capital. Not long after President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were sworn into office, Biden and his wife Jill Biden were pictured hopping on a train in Washington, D.C., to head back home to Delaware. "Back on Amtrak," Biden said, giving a thumbs up to the cameras.

Biden rode Amtrak nearly every day when he was a senator, reportedly racking up 8,000 round-trips. Becca Stanek

1:03 p.m. ET

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama departed Washington, D.C., on Friday, following the inauguration ceremony of President Donald Trump. After posing for a final picture with the new president and first lady Melania Trump on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, the Obamas boarded the Executive One helicopter — formerly Marine One — and prepared to depart Washington after eight years in the nation's capital.

The Obamas are headed to Palm Springs, California, for a post-presidency retreat with their two daughters Sasha and Malia. Watch the former president and first lady fly away from Washington below. Kimberly Alters

1:01 p.m. ET

Even President Donald Trump's critics are happy to admit that things were at least peaceful Friday during the inauguration. Despite the fact that there are many other democratic nations around the world that do this exact same thing, Americans patted themselves on the back for once again not having a coup:

Not everyone is so impressed: "There is something unnerving about these reassurances, something overstated, even hysterical," writes The Atlantic's David Frum.

When a British prime minister loses the confidence of the House of Commons and must suddenly trundle out of 10 Downing Street (as some six dozen of them have done since the job was invented in the 1740s; a few more than once), nobody marvels on television how wonderful it is that he or she doesn't try to retain power by force of arms. Nobody in Denmark thinks it extraordinary when one party relinquishes power to another. Ditto New Zealand or Switzerland — all of them treat peaceful transfers of power as the developed world norm, like reliable electricity or potable water. [The Atlantic]

Read his entire evaluation here. Jeva Lange

12:39 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump was sworn into office Friday in Washington, D.C., and after being administered the presidential oath by Chief Justice John Roberts he delivered his inaugural address to the nation. Standing on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Trump struck a populist tone reminiscent of the themes of his campaign. "This moment is your moment. It belongs to you," he said. "Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again."

Trump lamented the state of U.S. education and manufacturing while sending a nationalist economic message, saying, "Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength." He also echoed his campaign slogan, promising that America would "start winning again — winning like never before," and he vowed to bring jobs and wealth back to the U.S.:

Standing in front of a dais full of elected officials, Trump criticized do-nothing politicians while simultaneously calling for unity around his movement. But observers noted his speech was notably angry for an inaugural address, which new presidents typically use to espouse themes of hope and bipartisanship:

Trump also called the state of gangs and drugs in the nation akin to "American carnage." But "that was the past. Now, we are looking only to the future," Trump said. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only: America first." Kimberly Alters

12:22 p.m. ET

Moments after he was sworn into office, President Donald Trump declared Jan. 20, 2017, his Inauguration Day, "the day the people became the rulers of this nation again." Reviving the populist themes of his presidential campaign in his inaugural address, Trump said, "The forgotten people of this country will be forgotten no longer."

Trump declared that what "truly matters" is not whether the government is controlled by the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, but by "the people." The nation, Trump said, exists to "serve its people." Becca Stanek

12:20 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump painted an apocalyptic picture of the United States during his inaugural address, describing factories "scattered like tombstones across the land" and the ravages of "drugs" and "gangs."

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump vowed.

If you had been mulling over "American carnage" for a band name, you're going to want to get on that pretty quick. Jeva Lange

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