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Hamas Official Discusses Prisoner Swap

The Palestinian group Hamas was feted Tuesday in the Gaza Strip for having secured an agreement from the Israelis to free more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid more than five years ago. Nearly half of those Palestinian prisoners were released Tuesday, and those remaining are slated for release in two months. Osama Hamdan, a senior official from the Hamas international relations department, tells Robert Siegel the move is a victory not only for Hamas, but for all Palestinians.
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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the last few years, that has started to change. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

The Koch brothers' political network of wealthy donors this weekend auditioned five GOP presidential candidates, another sign of billionaires' increasing political clout.
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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Young entrepreneurs in Africa boast that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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