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Egyptian businessman sentenced to death in singer’s slaying

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Egyptian businessman sentenced to death in singer’s slaying

In a case that has captivated the Arab world, multimillionaire Egyptian businessman Hisham Talaat Moustafa was sentenced to death on Thursday for his role in the killing of Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim.

Posted: May 22, 2009 12:27   Comments: 4
Pakistan violence displaces over 1.4 million civilians

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Pakistan violence displaces over 1.4 million civilians

The U.S. has pledged more than $100 million dollars in emergency assistance for Pakistan. Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses Pakistan's humanitarian crisis and the anti-Taliban military campaign.

Posted: May 19, 2009 16:10   Comments: 2
Obama holds the cards in talks with Israel’s Netanyahu

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Obama holds the cards in talks with Israel’s Netanyahu

In the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes to explore how the new U.S. administration is changing relations with Israel, discussing Netanyahu's difficult position and the Israeli reaction to the meeting.

Posted: May 19, 2009 16:08   Comments: 8
High stakes as Obama meets with Israeli prime minister

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High stakes as Obama meets with Israeli prime minister

U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for two hours at the White House on Monday. Daniel Levy of the New America Foundation discusses the issues raised at the meeting, including dealing with Iran and efforts to get Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations.

Posted: May 18, 2009 13:00   Comments: 5
Kuwait elects women to parliament in political milestone

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Kuwait elects women to parliament in political milestone

There was a political milestone in Kuwait this weekend, where for the first time, women were elected to Kuwait's parliament. It was only four years ago that women won the right to vote in Kuwait.

Posted: May 18, 2009 12:28   Comments: 2
Rights group accuses U.S. of failing Afghan civilians

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Rights group accuses U.S. of failing Afghan civilians

On Friday, Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. military of "inadequate" measures to protect civilians in Afghanistan. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner looks at how the Obama administration has tried to revamp the war strategy in Afghanistan and the battle for hearts and minds.

Posted: May 15, 2009 13:03   Comments: 0
Week in review: Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the pope

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Week in review: Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the pope

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost discuss the week's top stories: Afghanistan, the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka and the pope's visit to the Holy Land.

Posted: May 15, 2009 11:35   Comments: 5
Pope backs Palestinian statehood on politically-charged trip

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Pope backs Palestinian statehood on politically-charged trip

While visiting Bethlehem, Pope Benedict XVI used the symbolism of his first official visit to what Christians consider to be the birthplace of Jesus to endorse the creation of a Palestinian state. Mary Boys of the Union Theological Seminary discusses the pope’s relations with Jews and Muslims and how his trip is being perceived on all sides.

Posted: May 13, 2009 14:53   Comments: 5
Obama administration shakes up Afghanistan team

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Obama administration shakes up Afghanistan team

On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he had asked for the resignation of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, David McKiernan, saying new leadership was needed to go along with a new strategy to turn around the war. McKiernan will be replaced by Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal.

Posted: May 13, 2009 10:29   Comments: 0
Refugee crisis brews as fighting continues in Pakistan

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Refugee crisis brews as fighting continues in Pakistan

Pakistan's armed forces are engaged in a widening offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest part of the country. Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly discusses the ethnic dimension of Pakistan's conflict and the security of the country's nuclear weapons.

Posted: May 12, 2009 13:29   Comments: 3

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