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Middle East

An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

A recent West Bank clash took an unusual turn when a group of Jewish settlers trapped by Palestinians were rescued by other Palestinians. "We saw how the settlers' faces were bleeding, how they'd been beaten up by our young men," says Ziad Oday, a religious leader.

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What Makes globalFEST So Interesting?

Even when your smartphone can bring you music instantly from any country, it's great to spend a night sampling international acts live from Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond. Now in its second decade, the New York festival attracted a dizzying variety of music, personalities and wacky hats. Hear some of the most buzzed-about artists from this year's edition.

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About 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks Found In D.C.'s Aging Pipes

Pipelines conveying natural gas in Washington, D.C., are old and wearing out, with approximately four leaks per mile, a recent scientific survey of the pipes suggests. Researchers say the average amount of methane lost to leaks in Washington seems to be more than twice the national average for cities.

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White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority

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Palestinian Leaders Defied Villagers' Fury In Protecting Israelis

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Woke Up Dead in the Morning Roots of Orchis
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A Taste Of South Texas In A 9x13 Dish

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Sawed Off Shotgun Mike Morgan & Jim Suhler
Corn Pickin' James Burton

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Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold?

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Cineramascope Galactic feat. Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry

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Troubadour Radio: 'Jam Band' Releases A New Album For Kids

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When I Grow Up Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Flat Panda Dianogah
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Republican Ed Gillespie announced Thursday that he's challenging Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner in November's election. Gillespie, a senior adviser to Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race, is shown here at Romney's election night rally in Boston on Nov. 6, 2012. Mike Segar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race

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Battles Memphis Industries

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In Search For Habitable Planets, Why Stop At 'Earth-Like'?

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Turbulence Dub Is a Weapon
Givin Up Food for Jah The Lions

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U.S. Biathlete Gives Up Olympic Spot To Her Twin Sister

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Karibu Ya Bintou Baloji
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Lovesick Sinkane
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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

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About 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks Found In D.C.'s Aging Pipes

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The Wilderness Flagship

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Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

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Fiddle-Tune Medley Doc Watson & David Grisman
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What Makes globalFEST So Interesting?

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Yankee DakhaBrahka
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