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With Eye On Mideast, Obama Tours Asia

President Obama was in Thailand Sunday at the start of a brief tour of Southeast Asia. The trip is supposed to show Obama's commitment to shifting U.S. focus onto Asia and the Pacific, but events in the Middle East and Washington threaten to overshadow the tour. Guy Raz Scott Horsley

Three Dead In Egypt Clashes Over Plot Of Land

Officials say the disputed plot of land on Qursayah island on the Nile River is owned by the armed forces but was illegally seized by local residents. Sunday's violence was the first known street battle involving the army since President Mohammed Morsi took office in June.

Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Insert $2 into the Biblio-Mat, and customers get a mystery, a biography, historical fiction — or a dud. The owner of a bookstore in Toronto came up with the machine as a way to clear his shelves of more ill-favored reads.

Diplomatic Efforts Mount As Death Toll Rises In Gaza

At least one rocket was fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv on Sunday, but was thwarted by Israeli missile defense. Israel continued airstrikes overnight, hitting two media buildings that house both domestic and foreign news agencies.

Gaza Media Building Hit, Rockets Aim For Tel Aviv

Intense fighting continues between Israel and Hamas, bringing the conflict into a fifth day. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Anthony Kuhn about the latest developments in the violence in Israel and Gaza.

Cease-Fire Or Invasion? Israel-Gaza Tension Grows

Israeli war planes struck targets across the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, as Palestinian militants fired more rockets at cities in southern Israel. The exchanges came amid talk of a possible ceasefire. Israeli military analysts say it is anyone's guess how much longer this most recent round of hostilities will continue.