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Spurred by youth protests, Palestinian leaders to hold unity talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday he will go to Gaza next week for unity talks with Hamas leaders, following mass youth demonstrations demanding an end to Palestinian disunity.

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World Notes: Cuba, Spain and more

Cuba: Infant Mortality rate hits new low, Spain: An end to armed conflict by Basque separatists? Palestine: Civilians under siege, Afghanistan: Grim death toll statistics, Tunisia: Protests continue, spread to neighboring Algeria, South Africa: Zuma speech has unifying effect

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Cuba continues to change, independence for Western Sahara - and more

Prejudice on the rise in Germany; world protests resumption of West Bank construction; fight for independence in Western Sahara intensifies - all in World Notes

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Dutch probe company over Israeli wall, settlement construction

Dutch prosecutors are deciding whether to prosecute company executives on charges of violating international law for their role in construction of the Israeli separation wall and settlements.

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At UN, Obama highlights break with Bush policies

Obama's boldest statements came in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, when he dismissed "cynics" who say a just peace is impossible.

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World Notes: Palestine, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Angola, Honduras, Iceland

Collective punishment, big garment workers strike, Russia-China ties, oil riches, violence, bank fraud.

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World Notes: Cuba, Romania, Bolivia, Palestine, Kenya, India

Updates on Cuba, Romania, Bolivia, Palestine, Kenya, India.

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World Notes: India, France, Paraguay, Palestine

In India, women's representation gets major boost, France's Sarkozy loses in regional elections, Paraguay apologizes for repression, death squads, Israel grabs more Palestinian land with iron fist.

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Israel faces moment of truth over East Jerusalem

Last Tuesday's announcement by the Israeli government that it will build 1,600 new housing units for Israelis in Palestinian East Jerusalem has unleashed an unparalleled furor.

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World Notes: Guatemala, Bolivia, Palestine, Iraq

In Guatemala, abused women find voice; Bolivia reduces maternal deaths; Palestinian women bear burden of crisis; Iraqi birth defects soar.

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