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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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Hamas May Be Closer To Regional Legitimacy

For more insight into the state of affairs in Gaza, Robert Siegel talks with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.
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Over 100 Dead As Israel-Hamas Fighting Continues

Israeli war planes bombed the center of Gaza City again on Monday, as the Palestinian death toll neared the 100 mark. At least one Palestinian journalist was killed in an air strike on a building that housed media organizations, including those affiliated with Hamas and other militant groups. Israeli officials, meanwhile, say they are still hoping for a ceasefire agreement that would make a ground offensive into Gaza unnecessary. Audie Cornish talks to Sheera Frenkel.
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Obama First Sitting U.S. President To Visit Myanmar

President Obama visited Myanmar, also known as Burma, on Monday. In doing so, he became the first sitting U.S. president in history to visit the country. He was greeted by cheering crowds and promised the Burmese people that the U.S. would stand by them as Myanmar moved towards greater freedom and democracy. The president's visit was a controversial one, since the government there has yet to release many people the U.S. considers prisoners of conscience and large sections of the population are still suffering inter-communal violence. However the Obama administration says it wanted to applaud the reforms that have been made, and use the visit to encourage further progress.
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Egypt Tries To Help Hamas Broker A Cease-Fire

Egypt has stepped up negotiations on a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday. Hamas' top leader and two senior Israeli envoys were in Cairo, and met separately with Egyptian officials, including President Mohammed Morsi. One of Morsi's aides said a truce deal could be imminent.
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The U.S. Is Borrowing Less From China, More From Everybody Else

The U.S. government may soon owe more money to Japan than it owes to China. Here's what that means for the U.S., China, and the rest of the world.
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The New Landscape Of Middle East Conflict

As tensions build between Israel and Hamas increase, leaders on both sides have expressed their willingness to reach a diplomatic solution. New leadership in Egypt and more powerful weapons have changed the nature of the conflict.

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