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Obama Stresses 'Unbreakable Alliance' On Visit To Israel

President Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday. He is there to visit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discuss some of the major challenges facing the region, including Iran's suspect nuclear program, the conflict in Israel's neighbor Syria and the moribund Middle East peace process. Scott Horsley talks to Melissa Block.
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France Wants U.N. To Take Over Peacekeeping Mission In Mali

France has been fighting Islamic insurgents in the African nation of Mali for over two months. Paris has recently called for a U.N. peacekeeping mission to take over for the French. The U.N. Security council will meet next week to discuss the situation in the former French colony. Robert Siegel talks to Anthony Banbury, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, about his recent trip to Mali.
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Calls To Free Spy Jonathan Pollard Grow Louder

Activists in Israel and the U.S. are pushing President Obama to give clemency to Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. Pollard betrayed the U.S. in the 1980s, selling intelligence secrets to Israel, and he was sentenced to life in prison. Robert Siegel talks to R. James Woolsey, head of the CIA during the Clinton Administration, about why used to oppose releasing Pollard, and why he supports clemency now.
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Sketches From A War-Torn World: A British Illustrator In Syria

George Butler's illustrations are a powerful account of life in the country's north. They're not just about the sorrows and pain of Syrian refugees and the wounded, but often about Syrians' stubborn insistence that life will carry on despite the war.
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Recipes, Not Rockets: Cookbook Offers New Lens On Gaza

The Gaza Kitchen weaves little-known stories of Gaza food and farming among Palestinian home-cooking recipes. It's an effort not just to document the flavors of modern and historic Gaza, but also to start a new conversation about the place and its people.

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