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Israel ups West Bank forces before Palestinian UN bid

JERUSALEM ‘ Israel has boosted its army presence in the West Bank ahead of a Palestinian recourse to the UN amid fears they may resort to the International Criminal Court over Jewish settlements, reports said on Friday. Public radio reported the build-up and the daily Yediot Aharonot said three battalions of reservists – some 1,500 personnel – have been mobilised ...

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U.S. remains hopeful Iran will release hikers – Clinton

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The United States remains hopeful that Iran will release two U.S. hikers and is not unduly concerned by Tehran’s delay in carrying out a pledge to free them earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday. “We continue to hope that the two young Americans will be released as part of a ...

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Local 9/11 memorial a reminder of real heroes

We hope we never need them, but thank God they are there when we do. The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks brought focus once again on the sacrifices made by our first responders — police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency personnel who run toward danger while the rest of us run from it. We were glad to ...

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China to pump $47 bln into Tibet to 2015

BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The Chinese government will pump 300 billion yuan ($47 billion) into restive Tibet over the next five years, with 90.5 billion yuan to finance roads, railways, hydropower stations and other infrastructure, state media said on Wednesday. The 226 projects the money will support are “aimed at achieving…

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Census report: U.S. poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6

The ranks of the nation’s poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades. The Census Bureau’s annual report released today offers a snapshot of the economic ...

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Prime minister presents Turkey as model for Arabs

Turkey’s prime minister presented his country as a model for an Arab world in turmoil, giving advice on everything from balancing secularism and Islam to challenging Israel during a high-profile visit to Egypt on Tuesday aimed at advancing his growing status as a regional leader. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a hero’s welcome among Egyptians, impressed by his tough ...

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