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Arab World Weighs Killing of Hamas Leader NPR's Howard Berkes speaks with Hisham Melhem, Washington correspondent for As-Safir newspaper in Beirut, as well as a contributor to Al-Arrabiyah television. Melhem discusses the Arab world's reaction to the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as well as the U.S.-backed plans for political reform in the Middle East.