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Renewed Violence In Gaza A Test For New Leaders

As violence intensifies between Israelis and Palestinians, politics is playing a big role in how governments in the region are reacting. Israel has an election coming up, while Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is navigating new territory and Syria is hoping for a distraction. Host Scott Simon talks with Rob Malley of the International Crisis Group.
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Sierra Leone's Diamonds Still A Source Of Contention

Blood diamonds, as they were once known, helped fuel atrocities in both Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia. While no longer termed "conflict diamonds," they remain a divisive issue for the small West African nation.
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Secretary Of State Speculation Turns Up Heat On Rice

President Obama hasn't even named his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who plans to step down at the end of this term. But there's already been a lot of heated rhetoric this week over one of the front-runners, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
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Petraeus Testifies On Benghazi At Closed Hearing

Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill on Friday. In his first appearance since he resigned from the CIA over an extramarital affair, Petraeus, briefed members of Congress on the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The secret session focused, according to members of Congress, on how the attack began and whether the Obama administration mischaracterized events.
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Despite Taboo, Jordanians Call For King's Removal

Thousands of demonstrators went back onto the streets of Amman and other Jordanian cities on Friday. The protests were sparked by fuel price hikes, but some are now calling for the downfall of King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the region.
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Hamas Official: 'This War Is Imposed On Us'

On Thursday, we heard the Israeli viewpoint on the current fighting. On Friday, Melissa Block talked with Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister for Hamas in Gaza.
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Israel May Launch Ground Invasion In Gaza Strip

Israel is amassing troops and tanks on the Gaza border in anticipation of a possible ground offensive. Israeli officials are not saying it is imminent but also stressing the option remains on the table.
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Egypt's Prime Minister Calls For Ceasefire In Gaza

Hamas militants launched more rockets toward Tel Aviv and other cities amid Israel's continuing air and naval bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Friday. Egypt's Prime Minister also paid a brief visit to Gaza City and its Shifa hospital to express solidarity with the Palestinians.
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Gaza Conflict Sparks Protests In Washington

Supporters of both Israel and Palestine gathered in Washington D.C. to call for an end to hostilities. Even so, they were divided police line, a symbol of the larger problems underpinning the conflict.

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