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Israel's South Braces For Missile Attacks

Residents across Israel's south tensely awaited the next round of hostilities Friday morning, as fighting between Israel and Gaza entered its third day. Thursday night, sirens warning of an impending rocket attack sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time in two decades.
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Egypt Tries To Broker Ceasefire In Gaza Strip

When Egypt's prime minister visits the Gaza Strip, he's expected to express solidarity with the Palestinians. The area, controlled by Hamas, has been the source of rocket fire against Israel. Israeli officials have responded with airstrikes.
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Petraeus Testifies At Closed Congressional Hearings

The subject of the hearings on Capitol Hill is the CIA's role in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Friday's hearings are former CIA Director David Petraeus' first public appearances since he resigned over a sex scandal.
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Eurozone Slips Back Into Recession

Eurostat, the European Union's statistical agency, said Thursday that the bloc contracted 0.1 percent in the third quarter; it shrank 0.2 percent in the second quarter. The eurozone was last in recession in 2009.
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Pregnant Woman's Death Sparks Abortion Debate In Ireland

The 31-year-old Indian dentist was denied an abortion last month when she began to miscarry her 17-week-old fetus. She died three days later. The case is prompting the predominantly Catholic country to examine the conditions under which abortions can be permitted.
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Congressional Hearings Focus On Benghazi Attack

Both House and Senate committees held hearings on Thursday to learn details of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Meanwhile, former CIA Director David Petraeus is scheduled to testify behind closed doors before House and Senate intelligence committees on Friday.
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Woman Who Was Denied Abortion Dies In Ireland

An Indian woman who was 17 weeks pregnant entered University Hospital Galway in western Ireland in severe pain. Doctors quickly determined that Savita Halappanavar was miscarrying, but they refused to perform an abortion for three days. It was only when the fetus showed no signs of life that they removed its remains. By that time, the woman had developed severe blood poisoning and she died soon thereafter.

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