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By canceling a military exercise with Egypt but not cutting off U.S. aid, U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to show his displeasure at the Egyptian army's violent crackdown on protesters -- without totally alienating the generals.
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In the three years since Israelis and Palestinians last tried and failed to negotiate an agreement on dividing the land they live on, Palestinian leaders have gained little for their people.
 
The most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted has proved costly, complex and time-consuming since the Japanese government began it more than two years ago in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. It may also fail.
 
Just as they were preparing to launch their rocket across the border into Israel on Friday, four Islamist guerrillas in Egypt were killed by a missile.
 
The biggest political protests in Peru's capital in more than a decade have pressured President Ollanta Humala to clean up government and share the benefits of the country's decadelong economic boom.
 
Silvio Berlusconi says he is the victim of politicized judges, his enemies that he has finally been nailed after two decades evading the law. Either way, the fate of Italy's dominant politician highlights deep problems with the country's judicial system.
 
The suspension of Tunisia's transitional parliament could bring the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings closer to an "Egyptian scenario" in which the secular opposition topples an Islamist-led government, analysts and politicians say.
 
Western European economies are spluttering to life again at last just as emerging markets cool down -- confirming one of the investment themes of 2013 and questioning how much financial markets have already discounted these inflection points.
 
The economic policy speeches U.S. President Barack Obama has been delivering in recent weeks are turning out to be blunt attacks on Republicans, with an eye toward coming fiscal battles and the 2014 congressional elections.
 
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which once transfixed the Arab world, has lost much of its resonance in a Middle East riven by religious strife, political upheaval and economic woes.
 
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