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Republican rift on foreign policy widens as Pawlenty criticizes ‘isolationist’ rivals

The Republican party is deeply split on America’s wars, and that rift widened Tuesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized his rivals for appealing to “isolationist sentiments.”

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Lebanon: Conflict in a combustible country

Clashes in northern Lebanon have heightened fears of growing sectarian tensions with Syria. This series of images by VII photographer Stephanie Sinclair showing previous conflicts in Lebanon asks: Is the past the future?

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Treatment of jailed Bahrain dissidents called ‘brutal,’ as activists call for U.S. action

Ibrahim Sharif, who was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday, was seen as especially threatening to the government of Bahrain because he was a Sunni leading a largely Shiite movement.

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Activists plead for UN action as Syrian forces move to crush protests in town near Turkey

Human rights activists disputed an account by the regime that armed gangs had “massacred” police officers, and said international action was urgently needed to stop the bloodshed.

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What’s the endgame in Syria? Military defections are key to turning the tide, analysts say

“In a situation like this, the only thing that’s going to carry the day is being violent,” said one former State Department official.

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  After protests, a new new beginning for Obama and the Arab world

Alison Stewart talks with Georgetown University’s John Esposito about President Obama’s efforts to redefine U.S. policy towards the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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  Bernard Haykel: Bin Laden is dead, but jihadism lives on

The Arab world may be experiencing a revolutionary “spring,” but al Qaeda’s brand of jihadism is far from over, Princeton professor Bernard Haykel says.

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  The reckoning: Assessing the economic toll of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, but during the 10 years since he masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, he has cost the United States billions. Need to Know looks at the economic toll bin Laden exacted on the U.S.

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Seeing ‘conspiracy’ in protests, Syrian regime intensifies its brutal crackdown

The Syrian regime released a jailed American blogger, but its intimidation tactics — fueled by paranoia — appeared to be working, analysts said.

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