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Israel's U.S. Ambassador: We're Ready To Send Troops

Melissa Block talks to Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., about the Israeli military's operation in the Gaza Strip. They discuss the possibility of a new ground conflict in Gaza, civilian casualties and Egypt's support for the Palestinians. Oren defends the operation, saying Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket fire. And he suggests Egypt can play a "constructive role" in the conflict.
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Israel, Hamas Escalate Tit-For-Tat Strikes

Israeli forces continued air strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip for a second day on Thursday, as the death toll started to rise. Audie Cornish talks to Anthony Kuhn.
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Israel Reports Hamas Rocket Strikes Near Tel Aviv

The Israeli air offensive in Gaza has prompted a new wave of Hamas rocket and mortar fire on communities in southern Israel. Three Israelis were killed in Kiryat Malachi this morning. Sheera Frenkel was on the scene shortly after the attack.
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As Syrian Rebels Unite, Intervention Options Increase

Turkey, France and the Gulf Cooperation Council have recognized the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of Syria. As thousands of refugees continue to spill over the borders into neighboring countries, questions remain about future foreign intervention from the U.S. and others.
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In Rural China, New Leaders Aren't Familiar Faces

Economic progress in China's countryside helps explain the varied reaction to the once-in-a-decade leadership transition. In big cities and online, some derided the process as an authoritarian charade. In rural China, though, there is a reservoir of goodwill and people are more accepting even if they don't know the leaders well.
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Israel, Hamas Battle Becomes A Twitter War

In a marriage of social media and warfare, Israel announced its military operation in the Gaza Strip via Twitter. Shortly afterward, Israel released video footage of a deadly air strike. Hamas, meanwhile, has been commenting on its rocket attacks against Israel.

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