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Last Polls Before Israeli Election Show Netanyahu's Lead Shrinking

Israeli voters will elect a new parliament on Tuesday. While Benjamin Netanyahu will likely return to the premiership, analysts wonder what sort of coalition he will form. Polls indicate he may be pushed strongly to the right, which would complicate any efforts to resume peace talks with the Palestinians
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Algeria's Quick Response To Hostage Crisis Brings Quiet Relief To Some

The hostage-taking drama at an oil and gas facility in the Algerian desert continued for a second day on Friday. It remained fast moving, chaotic and confusing. According to the French and Algerian media, a stand-off between the last remaining jihadists, their hostages, and the Algerian army is said to be continuing.
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When To Act? The Dilemma In Every Hostage Crisis

The Algerian authorities moved quickly after hostages were taken at a gas plant in the Sahara desert. While details of that operation are still fuzzy, such actions are inherently risky.
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U.S., Iran Running Low On Options Over Nuclear Program

The latest round of talks between international inspectors and Iran showed little progress. More discussions are planned, but 2013 may be the year that the U.S. will decide whether to take military action against Iran.
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Beijing Grapples with Record Air Pollution

Last weekend, air pollution in Beijing reached record highs, raising concerns about the cost of China's rapid industrialization. David Pettit, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses the pollution problem in China's capital, and why severe smog can be deadly.
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Acid Thrown In Face Of Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director; He May Lose Sight

Sergei Filin may have been attacked by someone who is angry about which dancers he has chosen for starring roles, his family and colleagues tell news outlets.
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Mixed Pickle: The Sweet And Sour Legacy Of Dutch Trade

What do salt, ancient Jewish pickle carts, the sometimes brutal Indonesian spice trade and Vincent Van Gogh have in common? They brought life to Dutch cuisine, specifically, the Dutch pickle.

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