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Twitter Diplomacy: State Department 2.0

Diplomacy in the age of social media is transforming the way ambassadors do their jobs. From tweets to Facebook posts, the State Department is encouraging ambassadors to get their messages out in new and different ways.
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US And UN Debate Intervention In Syria

Melissa Block talks with Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department, about the escalating violence in Syria and Russian resistance to a UN resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. Sullivan also responds to Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham, who have urged the US to provide arms to the rebel forces.
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Some Greeks Wary Of Bailout Deal, Dread Austerity

European leaders saved Greece from a messy default — and a possible exit from the Eurozone — by finalizing a second bailout, with loans amounting to around $170 million. Greek politicians are celebrating for now, but most Greeks are filled with dread. They fear the new austerity measures will drag out the recession — which is in its fifth year — and continue to push up unemployment, which is already more than 21 percent overall.
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Israel Agrees To Free Palestinian Hunger Striker

Palestinians have long complained about the Israeli practice of detention without trial. One such prisoner went on a hunger strike for more than two months, and Israel has now agreed to free him.
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Greece: So, What Now?

More bailout money for Greece means adhering to tough austerity measures, but it's the price of saving Europe from a larger — and much more dangerous — financial meltdown.
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What China's Internal Politics Mean For The U.S.

The visit of Chinese Vice President and heir apparent Xi Jingping to the United States, raised questions about internal Chinese politics — from human rights to technological development — and how the country will be governed in the future.

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