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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.

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Proof of Israel’s nuclear program may spark conflict at summit

Newly declassified documents may well prove what most observers and international officials have suspected for some time: that Israel possesses nuclear weapons.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear death row inmate’s civil rights case

Attorneys for Hank Skinner have argued that prosecutors violated his rights by denying him access to evidence recovered from the crime scene.

BP struggles to cap leak as officials grow frustrated with response

As BP prepared what it called a “top kill” procedure to stop the leak, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said flatly that he did not have faith in the company.

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One Jerusalem, or two?

As indirect peace talks begin, Israeli leaders are insisting that Jerusalem remain “unified.” But a new report suggests the city is anything but.

French officials search for thieves behind shocking art heist

Paris officials issued a public plea to to thieves behind a brazen art heist, begging them not to damage the pieces.

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Financial reform clears Senate, but some say it’s not enough

The financial reform bill vastly reshapes federal agencies and creates several more, including one to monitor financial markets and another to police lending.

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Sanctions for Iran, but at what cost?

New sanctions may prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb. But the deal could hurt broader efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons around the world.

Pakistan blocks Facebook over ‘Draw Mohammed’ controversy

Pakistani officials announced that they were blocking access to Facebook because of a competition urging users to draw the Prophet Muhammad.

Calderon talks immigration, gun control in visit to U.S.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon urged lawmakers to take action on two issues at the heart of domestic politics in the United States: immigration and gun control.