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Hamas Official Discusses Prisoner Swap

The Palestinian group Hamas was feted Tuesday in the Gaza Strip for having secured an agreement from the Israelis to free more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid more than five years ago. Nearly half of those Palestinian prisoners were released Tuesday, and those remaining are slated for release in two months. Osama Hamdan, a senior official from the Hamas international relations department, tells Robert Siegel the move is a victory not only for Hamas, but for all Palestinians.
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Israeli Ambassador Discusses Prisoner Swap

Five years after he was captured by Hamas militants in Gaza in a cross-border raid, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was returned to his home country. Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., talks with Robert Siegel about the deal that will free more than one thousand Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for Shalit's release Tuesday.
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Some News Corp Investors Aim To Challenge Murdoch

The annual meeting of News Corp's shareholders will take place this Friday under unusual circumstances — a growing number of corporate governance advisers and a significant number of investors are calling for the Murdoch family and their close allies to loosen their hold on the corporation's board. This follows the phone hacking and police corruption scandal in the U.K. that has enveloped James Murdoch and his former top lieutenants, as well as subsequent questions about the larger company's governance and structure. As the Murdochs control about 40 percent of voting stock and a sympathetic Saudi prince controls another 7 percent, there is almost no mathematical chance they can be forced to relinquish control on a vote. However, it represents a moment at which notable opposition has built up against the Murdochs — both outside and inside the corporate sphere.
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Freed Prisoners Arrive In Gaza Strip

It's been a day of celebration in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. That's after 477 Palestinian prisoners were released in the first phase of the exchange that also freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Freed Israeli Soldier Receives Hero's Welcome

Gilad Shalit's captivity had been a wrenching issue for Israel for more than five years. On Tuesday, Shalit was freed from the Gaza Strip and returned home, and in turn, Israel released nearly 500 imprisoned Palestinians.
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In Mexico, Tourism Survives Bloody Drug War

The drug war has created an image problem for Mexico. But a record number of visitors are flying into Mexico's resorts, investors are plowing money into new hotels, and most tourist spots remain safe from the country's drug violence. However, fewer Americans are driving across the border.
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Freed Soldier Gilad Shalit Returns To Israel

Looking thin, weary and dazed, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home Tuesday from more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip. In exchange, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners were released.

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