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A Friendship Tested By Deep Gaza-Israel Divide

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Young Palestinian men practice parkour, a sport that involves climbing and jumping on buildings and other structures, in Gaza City on July 26. Mohammed al-Jahbir (right, in orange shorts), 21, gets defensive when people are surprised that Palestinians are into parkour. "When anything new comes out in Gaza, everyone is like, 'Oh, wow, they do parkour? Oh, wow, they surf?' It should be normal that we do these things here, too," he says. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Gaza Youth Yearn For Normalcy, Haunted By War

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Settlement-Building May Tear Down Peace Talks

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Thousands of Israeli supporters mark Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's fifth birthday in captivity in the Gaza Strip on Saturday at a rally outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. Shalit was captured by Hamas-allied militants in 2006, when he was 19. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anxiety, Anger Over Gaza Attacks Still Alive In Israel

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Palestinians enjoy the Mediterranean Sea at a Hamas-run beach resort in Gaza City. Ventures such as beach clubs, wedding halls and a shopping center are one way the militant Islamist group is strengthening its rule over the Gaza Strip. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Hamas Faces New Threats As It Tightens Grip On Gaza

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In the Gaza Strip, many homes remain in ruins after Israel's military incursion at the end of 2008 crippled the territory. The war destroyed thousands of buildings, but the Israeli government won't allow construction materials in even though there is a dire need. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Life Amid The Ruins: Gazans Still Feel Under Siege

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Israel, Palestinians To Resume Peace Talks

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A security officer from Hamas stands next to a damaged vehicle in the Gaza Strip on July 31. Israeli warplanes fired missiles, killing a senior commander of the Hamas military wing and wounding 11 others, in retaliation for a rocket from Gaza that hit the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon. Hatem Moussa/AP hide caption

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Tensions Flare Along Israel's Borders

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American Jews Battle Israeli Conversion Bill

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Arriving from India, a woman and her baby walk past Israeli flags at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport in November 2006. They were joining members of the Bnei Menashe community, from India's northeastern state of Mizoram, who have migrated to Israel. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India's 'Lost' Jews Seek A Place In Israel

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Security forces guard a street after a female suicide bomber blew herself up at the entrance to government offices in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on July 4. Azhar Shallal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's A Boy: War Reporter's Baby Shower In Baghdad

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Biden's Iraq Visit Tarnished By Violence

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U.S. Army armored vehicles leave their base on May 28 after a handover ceremony northeast of Baghdad. The U.S. plans to have just 50,000 troops in Iraq by Aug. 31. But many Iraqis say the country the U.S. is leaving behind is hardly a success story. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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In Iraq, Little To Show For Lost Lives, Billions Spent

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Iraqis Suffer Through Power Crisis

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