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Violence In Gaza Strip Enters A Second Week

Overnight air raids on Gaza pushed the Palestinian death toll to more than 80, with more than 700 wounded. The numbers on the Israeli side are dramatically lower — with three dead. And the Israeli prime minister says Israel is prepared to escalate the fight with ground troops. As the fighting drags into a new week, the United Nations and the Arab League are stepping up efforts to mediate.
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Obama Pays Historic Visit To Myanmar Monday

President Obama is in Myanmar — the first visit by a U.S. president to the country also known as Burma. The president's plan to stop there is controversial because of the continued ethnic violence in North West Myanmar. Critics say Burma's transition to democracy is far from complete.
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Israeli Fans Of Iron Dome No Longer Run For Cover

Hamas militants have fired hundreds of missiles at Israel since the conflict intensified last week. Many of those missiles have fallen prey to Iron Dome, the U.S.-funded anti-missile system deployed in key areas across Israel. Israelis are running out of their homes, rather then into their bunkers, to film Iron Dome at work.
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At Burmese Dissident's Cafe, A Taste Of Politics And Salad

Myat Thu knew early that he was destined as a cook to make salads. His restaurant on the Thai side of the border with Myanmar specializes in Burmese salads. Thu has been cautiously watching Myanmar's political change, hoping to go home one day.
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Few Signs Of Break In Mideast Flare-Up

At least 10 people were killed Sunday in an Israeli airstrike. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now warning of a possible "significant" expansion of the operation targeting Palestinian militants in Gaza. Israel says it's responding to a barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip targeting Israeli cities.
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With Eye On Mideast, Obama Tours Asia

President Obama was in Thailand Sunday at the start of a brief tour of Southeast Asia. The trip is supposed to show Obama's commitment to shifting U.S. focus onto Asia and the Pacific, but events in the Middle East and Washington threaten to overshadow the tour. Guy Raz Scott Horsley
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Three Dead In Egypt Clashes Over Plot Of Land

Officials say the disputed plot of land on Qursayah island on the Nile River is owned by the armed forces but was illegally seized by local residents. Sunday's violence was the first known street battle involving the army since President Mohammed Morsi took office in June.

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