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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.

Activists sailing for Gaza anticipate confrontation with Israeli Navy

More than 700 international activists are speeding along the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to the Gaza Strip, prepared for a stand-off with Israel.

Gates says ‘dont ask, don’t tell’ repeal will take months

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” would not be completed for several months.

Iran sanctions pit major powers against developing world

The U.S.-led push for sanctions on Iran has opened a rift between world powers and developing nations, threatening international consensus on efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

House votes with Senate panel to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted on Thursday to allow the Pentagon to repeal its controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

U.S., South Korean officials plan for hostage crisis as tensions mount

South Korean leaders said on Thursday that they were preparing for a possible hostage situation at a joint industrial park in North Korea.

Obama to send 1,200 National Guardsmen to U.S.-Mexico border

The Obama administration will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to stop illegal immigration and narcotics smuggling.

White House, lawmakers set to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”

The White House has endorsed a measure that would repeal the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

British doctor who inspired worldwide vaccine scare banned

On Monday Britain’s medical council stripped Andrew Wakefield of his license, saying he had “abused his position of trust” and “brought the medical profession into disrepute.”

As midterms near, Democrats weigh two hot-button issues

President Obama is contending with two hot-button issues: gays in the military and government spending.