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Israel and Hamas: In the Wake of the Prisoners Exchange

The prisoner swap in which Hamas released Israeli captive Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons suggests that Israel and Hamas recognize each other’s unmitigated reality and prerogatives. The deal was unquestionably motivated by mutually beneficial political calculations made on both sides, including a desire to overshadow President Abbas’ efforts to seek UN recognition of a ...

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Tunisia Liberals See a Vote for Change, Not Religion

TUNIS — The liberal political parties emerging as surprise runners-up in elections here argued Tuesday that their success had tempered the commanding victory of the Islamists while offering lessons for their secular allies around the region. Multimedia Slide Show Tunisians Go to the Polls Related Moderate Islamist Party Heads Toward Victory in Tunisia (October 25, 2011) Tunisians Vote in a ...

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Panetta warns Iran not to meddle in Iraq

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday warned Iran that it should not meddle in Iraq when American forces leave the country at the end of this year. The Pentagon chief said that even after the last of the 39,000 combat troops are out of Iraq, the US will maintain a significant presence in the Middle East. “As the president ...

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Indonesia cuts jail sentence for militant cleric

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian Islamist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, convicted of aiding a paramilitary group out to assassinate the president, has had his jail sentence cut from 15 years to nine, a court said on Wednesday, a decision which dismayed some security analysts. The sentence was cut last Thursday. “Very disappointing,” Jakarta-based analyst Noor Huda Ismail told Reuters. “How can ...

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Art installation evokes nostalgia for Tibetan home

DHARMSALA, India — An art installation made of 20 tons of soil from Tibet has touched a deep emotional chord among Tibetan exiles, hundreds of whom lined up to walk across the mounds of soil Wednesday. Tibetan monks walk on a stage containing Tibetan soil during a public installation art project at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India, ...

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Thai PM sounds Bangkok inundation warning

Fears of flooding across the Thai capital have grown after the Thai prime minister  warned that parts of Bangkok could face inundation for up to a month and experts pinned the city’s fate on dykes along the Chao Phraya River. Yingluck Shinawatra says that central Bangkok could be swamped by up to 1.5 metres of water in some places if barriers ...

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CDC committee recommends boys receive HPV vaccine

October 25, 2011 — Updated 1503 GMT (2303 HKT) HPV vaccine and boys Atlanta (CNN) — A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys as young as 11 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, commonly referred to as HPV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) says the vaccine series ...

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Hurricane Rina grows in Caribbean

Hurricane Rina has swelled to a Category 2 as it sweeps towards Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and Caribbean beach resorts. Officials say they are still searching for a Nicaraguan navy vessel that went missing with 27 people on board. The National Hurricane Centre…

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