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French Tax Would Raise Price Of Nutella

The French Senate approved a measure tripling the tax on palm oil and other vegetable oils. It would sharply raise the cost of making Nutella, a popular chocolate and hazelnut spread. It's meant to cut down on obesity but the tax has prompted an outcry from Nutella lovers.
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In Israel And Gaza Strip: More Explosions, Deaths On Both Sides

As the airstrikes on Gaza continue and more rockets are fired into Israel, there's concern about an all-out war. More than 10 people have been killed in Hamas-controlled territory in the past two days. At least three Israelis have died on the other side.
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Deadly Violence Escalates In Gaza Strip

Early Thursday, Israel resumed its deadly attacks on Gaza. The Israeli action is in response to rocket strikes by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. On Wednesday, the top military commander of Hamas was killed in an air strike by Israeli forces. It is the heaviest fighting the Palestinian territory has experienced in years.
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Congress' Benghazi Probe Could Send Wrong Message

Ryan Crocker was formerly a U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, as well as Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He worries diplomats will be pressured to avoid risks, and retreat from doing their jobs. He spoke with Steve Inskeep before a large audience of diplomats and others at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.
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Hearings To Begin On Benghazi Consulate Attack

Both House and Senate committees hold closed-door hearings Thursday to question administration officials about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Some leading Republicans say only a dedicated Watergate-style committee can get to the bottom what happened.
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Xi Jinping Assumes China's Leadership Post

China's new leadership team has been announced. Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China early Thursday morning. He succeeds Hu Jintao.
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Obama's Visit To Myanmar: Too Much, Too Soon?

Some argue the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to the country also known as Burma is too much reward for not enough political reform. But analysts say the trip could be a success if it focuses on the work still to be done.

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