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Palestinians protest in West Bank, Gaza to support prisoners on hunger strike

RAMALLAH/GAZA, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — A strike, rallies and protests on Sunday dominated the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in support of a hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons which protested against a Palestinian inmate’s death one day ago. Witnesses in the West Bank said most of the stores were closed Sunday, while schoolchildren and university students ...

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Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syria is ready to hold talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem prepares to address the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas ...

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Karzai, citing abuse, orders U.S. units out of province

Afghanistan’s president on Sunday ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. The decision seems to have caught the coalition and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, a separate command, by surprise. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to ...

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John Kerry set to meet David Cameron in London visit

John Kerry is due to meet the UK’s prime minister and foreign secretary in London, as part of his first trip abroad as US secretary of state. It is the first stop on his tour, which will take in Europe’s main capitals, and Turkey and the Middle East. Syria is expected to be high on the agenda, along with next ...

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Democrats push sequester, refuse alternative cuts

With just a few more days before March 1, it appears that across-the-board spending cuts once called “devastating” by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta are going to be a reality. I am disappointed but not entirely surprised by this outcome. This is just the latest example of the type of dysfunction in Washington that has led to Congress’ 10 percent ...

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Italians vote in parliamentary elections

VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press= ROME (AP) — Will Italy stay the course with painful economic reform? Or fall back into the old habit of profligacy and inertia? These are the stakes as Italy votes in a watershed parliamentary election Sunday and Monday that could shape the future of one of Europe’s biggest economies. Fellow EU countries and investors are ...

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