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Obama's Asia Trip Reiterates Strategic Priority

President Obama is winging his way home from Asia Tuesday. The White House insists domestic budget concerns won't affect U.S. investment in Asia, which was the point of the president's three-nation tour this week. But some in the region are not so sure.
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Gaza Strip Crisis Unites Palestinian Factions

As diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas intensify, analysts say Hamas appears to be in a stronger position than ever before. Diplomatically, it has received enthusiastic support from Egypt and other Arab neighbors. And, the conflict has helped to strengthen Hamas domestic political position.
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Push For Diplomatic Solution In Gaza Ramps Up

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in the region Tuesday. And in Cairo, Egypt's new Islamic leadership is now serving as a mediator between the Israelis and Gaza's Hamas-led government.
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How Gaza Crisis Is Different From 4 Years Ago

Renee Montagne talks to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and which power players stand to win or lose from the crisis.
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Documents Show FBI Kept Tabs On Stalin's Daughter After Defection

Lana Peters, who died last year, defected to the U.S. in 1967. The Associated Press, citing newly declassified documents, says the FBI was trying to gauge how the former Svetlana Alliluyeva's defection was affecting international relations.
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Violence In Congo Is The Worst In Four Years

Tens of thousands of people have fled the city of Goma in eastern Congo, after an attack by militants who the Democratic Republic of Congo says are supported by Rwanda. The renewed fighting is the worst in recent years for the troubled area.
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As Rockets Fly In Gaza, U.S. Influence Seems To Wane

The Obama Administration is hoping allies like Egypt and Turkey use their influence to persuade Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel. But can the U.S. count on that kind of help, with a new government Egypt that doesn't see things the same way? The U.S. has shown no sign that it will pressure Israel to ease tensions. Officials have repeatedly said that Israel has the right to defend itself.
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Indian Politician Was Popular And Polarizing

Bal Thackeray, one of India's most polarizing politicians and leader of the right-wing Hindu nationalist party, died Saturday at the age of 86. Robert Siegel speaks with Vikas Bajaj, Mumbai correspondent for New York Times.

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