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Israel and Gaza: Edging closer to war | The Economist

The Obama victory and the Arab spring have ushered in a new era for the Middle East as the extremes write the next chapter …  What’s next?

“IF THE latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamists who run Gaza, were to end this weekend, everyone involved—except for the families of the …”

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Syria’s civil war: The killing fields | The Economist

IS IT because America and Europe have tired of their own wars that they have started to turn their back on other people’s? The number of dead in Syria has passed 30,000. Some days over 250 bodies are added to the pile, which brings to mind Iraq at the insurgency’s peak in …

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Jihadists Receiving Most Arms Sent to Syrian Rebels – NYTimes.com

Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and …

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Syria’s crisis: No refuge | The Economist

THE war in Syria touches not just the men fighting, but increasingly women, the elderly and the very young too. Khatoon al-Bustan and her nine children gather under an olive tree in the orchards around Atmeh, a small town near the border with Turkey. The 47-year-old Syrian fled with her family five days ago from their house in …

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War and diplomacy in Syria: No letting up | The Economist

LAKHDAR BRAHIMI, the experienced Algerian peacemaker who recently replaced Kofi Annan as the UN’s special envoy for Syria, describes his new task as “nearly impossible”. That seems a sound judgment. Syria’s beleaguered but ruthless regime refuses to talk to its opponents until they lay down their arms. For their part, the outgunned, fractious but resilient rebels will not …

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Syria’s crisis: The devastation of Daraya | The Economist

IT IS difficult to distinguish one gruesome day from the next in Syria until the devastation of a town is so great that it earns itself a place on the conflict’s increasingly bloody …

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Hatecore Music Is Called White Supremacist Recruiting Tool – NYTimes.com

The shooting rampage by an avowed white supremacist that killed six people at a suburban Sikh Temple near here came at a time of both growth and disarray in the …

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Gunman Kills 6 at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin – NYTimes.com

The priests had gathered in the lobby of the sprawling Sikh temple here in suburban Milwaukee, and lunch was being …

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Police Say 12 Are Killed in Shooting at Colorado Mall – NYTimes.com

A gunman armed with three weapons, including a rifle and a shotgun, opened fire in a theater crowded with families and children at a midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in a Denver suburb early Friday morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding at least …

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NATO Formally Agrees to Transition on Afghan Security – NYTimes.com

President Obama and leaders of America’s NATO allies on Monday agreed to end their lead role in the decade-long war in Afghanistan next summer, saying it is time for the Afghan people to take …

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