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In Rural China, New Leaders Aren't Familiar Faces

Economic progress in China's countryside helps explain the varied reaction to the once-in-a-decade leadership transition. In big cities and online, some derided the process as an authoritarian charade. In rural China, though, there is a reservoir of goodwill and people are more accepting even if they don't know the leaders well.

Israel, Hamas Battle Becomes A Twitter War

In a marriage of social media and warfare, Israel announced its military operation in the Gaza Strip via Twitter. Shortly afterward, Israel released video footage of a deadly air strike. Hamas, meanwhile, has been commenting on its rocket attacks against Israel.
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The Conflict Between Israel And Gaza

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. How the escalation in hostilities could affect stability in the region and U.S. foreign policy.


New Syrian Opposition Group Gets Thumbs-Up From Facebook Users

Throughout the Syrian uprising, the opposition has relied on social media to get out its message. The newly formed Syrian National Coalition is hoping Facebook will link up supporters and help the movement build backing inside Syria.
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Friday News Roundup - International

An Israeli airstrike kills the top Hamas military commander. Congress holds hearings on the Benghazi, Libya, consulate attack. And China’s ruling Communist Party names its top leader. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno to discuss the week’s top international stories, what happened and why.

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House Intelligence Committee To Grill CIA Official On Benghazi

A top CIA official appears before the House Intelligence Committee today in a closed hearing to discuss the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, but one Maryland member of the committee expects the David Petraeus scandal to come up.


French Tax Would Raise Price Of Nutella

The French Senate approved a measure tripling the tax on palm oil and other vegetable oils. It would sharply raise the cost of making Nutella, a popular chocolate and hazelnut spread. It's meant to cut down on obesity but the tax has prompted an outcry from Nutella lovers.

In Israel And Gaza Strip: More Explosions, Deaths On Both Sides

As the airstrikes on Gaza continue and more rockets are fired into Israel, there's concern about an all-out war. More than 10 people have been killed in Hamas-controlled territory in the past two days. At least three Israelis have died on the other side.

Deadly Violence Escalates In Gaza Strip

Early Thursday, Israel resumed its deadly attacks on Gaza. The Israeli action is in response to rocket strikes by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. On Wednesday, the top military commander of Hamas was killed in an air strike by Israeli forces. It is the heaviest fighting the Palestinian territory has experienced in years.