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October 19, 2006

Little Joy in Gaza as Ramadan Tapers Off
The last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan are a festive time for most Muslims. But in Gaza, the mood is dark for many Palestinians. Israel continues to apply military and economic pressure on Gaza, where militants continue to fire rockets at the Jewish state. At a time when inter-Palestinian violence threatens to widen into a civil war, lawlessness, border closures and a poor economy put Gazans in a bleak mood.
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Palestinian Grad Students Banned from Israeli Schools
Israel bans Palestinian students from advanced studies at Israeli universities. The academic year in Israel begins this weekend. But Palestinian students who've been accepted for graduate study are being denied permits to enter the country.
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October 16, 2006

Israeli President May Face Rape Charge
Israeli President Moshe Katsav may be charged with rape, sexual assault and fraud. The country's police have recommended that prosecutors bring charges against Katsav.
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October 10, 2006

Palestinians Deadlock on Forming Unity Government
Talks to form a new Palestinian government have broken down between Fatah and Hamas, which now runs the Palestinian Authority's ministries.
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October 8, 2006

West Bank Olive Farmers Face an Uneasy Harvest
Palestinian farmers in the West Bank are worried that their annual olive harvest will be disrupted by Jewish settlers living nearby. Israel's high court has ordered the army and police to protect the farmers against settler violence.
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October 5, 2006

Palestinians Give Rice Trip a Mixed Reaction
In discussions with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave no indication that the U.S. would increase aid to the region.
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Roundtable: Rice Peace Trip, D.C. Surveillance
Topics on the roundtable include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the Middle East in search of peace, police surveillance in Washington, D.C., and a Nashville bar bans hip-hop gear.
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Rice Hopes Israel Trip Can Revive Peace Process
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Israel in an attempt to revive the moribund Middle East peace process. Amid few signs that peace can be achieved in the short term, Rice says she hopes to move the process forward.
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October 4, 2006

On Nuclear Issue, World Looks for U.S. to Lead
There is growing international pressure on the Bush administration to accelerate efforts to revive the moribund Middle East peace process. There is also criticism of the United States' failure to engage many of the key players, including Syria and Iran.
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Rice: U.S. Will Aid Palestinians' Living Conditions
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, says the United States is "very concerned" about the plight of the Palestinians. The secretary said the United States will redouble efforts to improve living conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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Israelis Philosophical About Golan's Future
The Golan Heights was occupied by Israel in 1967. But in the aftermath of the war in Lebanon, some politicians are wondering whether it is time to return the area to Syria as part of a peace deal. The two sides came close to an agreement in 1993, and again in 1999.
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Palestinians See Little Hope in Rice Visit
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits the West Bank city of Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Later, she will begin talks with Israeli officials. But Palestinians living on the West Bank doubt the visit will make any difference in their lives.
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October 3, 2006

Rice in Egypt for Talks on Iran, Middle East Peace
After meetings in Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Cairo on the second leg of her trip to the Middle East. Rice is in the region consulting with allies on Iran's growing power. Deb Amos talks to Financial Times correspondent William Wallace.
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Growing Iranian Influence Vexes U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting allies in the Middle East to discuss Iran's nuclear program, and its role in the region. An unintended consequence of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was to strengthen Iran's regional influence.
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October 2, 2006

Shifting Attitudes on Arab Identity
In a recent visit to Dubai, columnist Rami Khouri observed national identity playing a greater role in how younger Arabs thought about themselves. Khouri discusses shifting attitudes in Arab identity.
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Yom Kippur and Ramadan: A Holy Coincidence
Every three decades, for a period of a few years, Judaism's holiest day -- Yom Kippur -- falls during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Commentator Anisa Mehdi says that some of the faithful among Muslims and Jews are trying to make this alignment into more than just a coincidence.
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