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U.S. hopes for ‘framework’ Mideast peace deal within weeks

(Reuters) – The Obama administration hopes to complete a “framework” accord in coming weeks between Israel and the Palestinians and will then seek to negotiate a final peace deal by the end of 2014, the U.S. mediator told American Jewish ...

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Amanda Knox defiant after second murder conviction

(Reuters) – Amanda Knox vowed on Friday to fight her second conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 while the two were students together in the Italian university town of Perugia. Speaking on U.S. television a ...

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Israel wages ‘war between wars’ as Mideast threats simmer

(Reuters) – Watching old Arab enemies reel with sectarian insurgencies and international diplomacy capping the Iranian nuclear drive, Israel’s military is confounded by a new challenge: quiet. The relative tranquility, for Israel at least, poses its own dilemma for commanders ...

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Ukraine president signs amnesty into law, currency slumps on crisis

(Reuters) – Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday signed into law an amnesty for demonstrators detained during mass unrest and repealed anti-protest legislation, in a fresh bid to take the heat out of the political crisis. But the move ...

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