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Top Security Official Among the Dead in Beirut Blast

The bombing at the heart of the city’s Christian section killed at least eight people and appeared to target Brig. Gen. Wissam El-Hassan, a top Lebanese security …

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A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs – NYTimes.com

I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives and our not yet furnished apartment and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab …

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Palestinians Request U.N. Status – Powers Press for Talks – NYTimes.com

Shortly after President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority formally requested the Security Council to grant full United Nations membership on Friday, international powers reached an agreement on terms to restart talks between …

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Opposition Rallies to ElBaradei as Military Reinforces in Cairo

By ANTHONY SHADID and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Published: January 30, 2011

CAIRO — Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the secular opposition banded together Sunday around a prominent government critic to negotiate for forces seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, as the army struggled to hold a capital seized by fears of chaos and buoyed by euphoria that three decades of Mr. Mubarak’s rule may be coming to an end.

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Donald Trump’s full inauguration speech transcript, annotated – The Washington Post

In seemingly endless times of “trash talk” that led to an improbable and unpopular political victory, the newly minted president clamors: “Now arrives the hour of action.” Fleeting relief comes to the nation as the transition […]

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