Jan 22

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Hours after ordering the closure of the Guantanamo prison within a year, President Barack Obama Thursday named veteran troubleshooters as special envoys to the Middle East and Afghanistan as he moves to repair America's tarnished image abroad.

Israel said reserve forces joined the ground offensive against the Gaza Strip on Monday in what may be the next phase of a continuing Israeli offensive on Hamas as it advances on targets in heavily-populated urban areas like Gaza City.

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