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Raids Project Presidential Power Amid Shutdown's Gridlock

The special forces operations against terrorism targets in Libya and Somalia over the weekend came at a time when President Obama badly needed something to go his way. It's a reminder that counterterrorism is the unusual arena where Obama can decide on a course of action — and execute it.
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Five Soldiers Killed As Violent Protests Continue In Egypt

There was more violence in Egypt Monday. Five soldiers were killed near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. There are also reports of a grenade attack in Cairo and another bombing in the Sinai desert. The violence comes after Sunday's clashes between Islamist protesters and security forces that left more than 50 people dead. Some analysts believe Egypt may be on the cusp of a full-scale insurgency.
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Argentina's Kirchner To Have Surgery For Brain Hematoma

Days after doctors said Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must take a month off from work to recover from a brain hematoma, reports now indicate that she'll undergo surgery to relieve the condition Tuesday.
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China Cautions U.S. Over Debt Ceiling Fight

China said safeguarding the U.S. debt is of "vital importance to the economy of the U.S. and the world."
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Here's Why The Navy Is Holding A Terror Suspect At Sea

President Obama doesn't want to send suspects to Guatanamo Bay for military trials. But U.S. intelligence agencies do want to interrogate Abu Anas al-Libi before he's handed over to a civilian court in the U.S.
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Taliban Vows To Try Again To Kill Pakistani Teen

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head a year ago after campaigning for girls' education, has said the way forward is to talk to the Taliban.
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A Chemical Attack, And Now Food Shortages In Syrian Town

The beleaguered town of Ghouta made international headlines as the scene of a deadly chemical attack in August. Thousands of civilians still live in the rebel-held town, but government troops surround Ghouta with checkpoints that limit food and other supplies.
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Has The US Forgotten Egypt?

Political unrest in Egypt might seem low on the list of concerns for the U.S. government. But one commentator says the situation there needs to be dealt with swiftly. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Shadi Hamid, of the Brookings Doha Center, about the risks of forgetting Egypt.
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An Artist's Story Of The Arab Spring

Upheaval in countries like Egypt and Syria is often discussed in political terms, but how do artists see it? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about arts and the Arab Spring with Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi and Syrian-American doctor Dr. Zaher Sahloul.
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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, A 'Kingmaker' In Israeli Politics, Dies

The longtime spiritual leader of Sephardic Jews also was a founder of Shas, the ultra-Orthodox political party that has played crucial roles in governing coalitions.

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