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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at twitter.com/salgentile and salgentile.tumblr.com.

New aid ship nears Gaza coast, as Israeli Navy trails closely behind

Sufi Yusoff of the Perdana Global Peace Organization told Need to Know early Saturday morning that she had spoken with the passengers aboard the Rachel Corrie, a new aid ship trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

U.S. citizen among dead as witnesses recount Israeli raid

One of the nine activists killed in an Israeli raid on a flotilla of ships headed for Gaza this week was a dual citizen of Turkey and the United States.

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Blagojevich trial offers test of teetering ‘honest services’ law

Political favor-trading, such as in the Rod Blagojevich case, is common in state capitols across the country. But a pending Supreme Court ruling could make it harder to prosecute allegedly corrupt politicians.

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Activists mount new challenges to Israel as furor over raid continues

A second pro-Palestinian organization announced on Wednesday that it will send a flotilla of aid ships to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Another boat heads for Gaza, after deadly Israeli raid sparks outrage

Pro-Palestinian activists confirmed to Need to Know on Monday that they would send another boat to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, after a deadly raid on the first flotilla sparked worldwide condemnation.

Deadly flotilla raid could pit Israel against Turkey, roiling region

The incident could have especially dire consequences for Israel’s relationship with Turkey, a major power in the region.

Israel raids Gaza-bound flotilla, killing nine and sparking outrage

Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists attempting to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza early Monday morning, killing at least 10 people and sparking protests in Arab capitals across the world.

Scandals rock British government, threatening fragile coalition

The new British government of Prime Minister David Cameron, less than three weeks old, was rocked on Saturday by the resignation of one of its most senior members.

Records show concerns about well, as BP says leak could last months

A House panel investigating the Gulf oil spill released new internal documents from BP that suggest engineers had concerns about the safety of the well as early as last year.