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Has The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Been Downgraded?

Forging peace between these two protagonists was long seen as the Holy Grail of American diplomacy. But as President Obama visits, expectations are low and the conflict feels much less urgent than it used to.

An 'Absolute Will To Forget': Iraq Casts Shorter Shadow Than Vietnam

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. It's been a little more than a year since the last U.S. troops left, yet the conflict seems nearly forgotten — a striking contrast with the decades it took the nation to get over Vietnam.

Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant

The new plant is expected to generate 100 megawatts of power and supply 20,000 homes with electricity.

Australia's Heron Island: A Canary In The Coal Mine For Coral Reefs?

The tropical island set in turquoise water just off the Great Barrier Reef is the site of an experiment to see what will happen to coral reefs as the ocean absorbs ever more of the carbon dioxide and heat we've added to our planet's thin skin. The results weren't so pretty.

Cyprus Proposes Exempting Smaller Deposits From Tax

The government of Cyprus is trying to ease fears over a proposed tax on bank deposits. Newly proposed legislation would exempt savers with smaller accounts. It's part of a bailout plan for that Mediterranean country, negotiated with the E.U. and IMF over the weekend.

Cyprus Lawmakers Could Vote On Unpopular Bailout Plan

A revised plan that would spare small depositors from a one-time tax on savings is being considered.

Dueling Claims In Syria After Unconfirmed Reports About Chemical Weapons

State-controlled media say rebels used the weapons in Aleppo. Opposition forces say the Assad regime is responsible. Neither the report of such weapons being used nor who might be responsible have been confirmed. The White House says it has no evidence the weapons were used.

Installation Mass Launches Pope Francis' Papacy

At a mass in St. Peter's Square, the pope appealed to political leaders of the world to protect the environment, the poor and the marginalized. Representatives of the world's major religions were present, as well as some 132 delegations from all over the world.

For Pope Francis, A Simple Mass And A Call To Protect The Poor

The new pope pledged to "embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."