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What Will A U.N. Upgrade Mean For Palestinians?

Changing one word for another — "entity" for "state" — will be symbolic and will give Palestinians access to such U.N. bodies as the International Criminal Court.
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Palestinians' Abbas Goes To U.N. Seeking New Status

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas appears at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to request an upgrade in the Palestinians' status at the world body.
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Is Iran Ready For A New Round Of Nuclear Talks?

Diplomats and analysts are discussing prospects for another round of nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran. Tehran seems interested, even sending signals about possible bilateral talks with the U.S. But analysts say the window for progress is small before Iran's election season kicks in next spring. Meanwhile a new push on sanctions is expected, possibly including the sale of Iranian gas — a sensitive subject for neighboring Turkey, which recently acknowledged that it has been essentially bartering Turkish gold for Iranian gas.
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Judge's Report Due On Regulating British Press

On Thursday, Lord Justice Leveson is expected to release his report on regulating the British press, following phone hacking and other abuses by the tabloids. The report, and Prime Minister David Cameron's response to it, will likely be controversial.
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Facebook Arrests Ignite Free-Speech Debate In India

A 21-year-old was arrested after she questioned the shutdown of Mumbai for the funeral of a controversial political leader; her friend was arrested for simply "liking" the post. The comment angered the politician's supporters, who some say intimidated police into making the arrests.
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Despite Protection Efforts, Rhino Poaching Soars

Nearly 600 rhinos have been killed this year despite extensive efforts by South Africa and other African nations to protect the animal.

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