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Israeli air strike hits Hamas PM’s office

Israeli air strikes have hit the office building of the Hamas prime minister in Gaza, amid warnings of a dangerous escalation in the conflict with up to 75,000 Israeli reservists mobilised for a possible ground invasion.

Obama to make historic Burma visit during three-day Asia trip

Barack Obama on Saturday left for his fifth trip to Asia since becoming president, part of a long-term re-balancing of US strategy away from Europe and the Middle East.

Syria rebels capture military airport

Syrian rebels have captured a military airport near the Iraqi border, prompting a retaliatory air strike by regime forces, according to opposition activists.

Republican modernisers desert Romney as GOP looks to future

A succession of top Republicans have begun distancing themselves from Mitt Romney after the former presidential hopeful made a series of blunt comments about minority groups as he sought to explain why he lost the race for the White House.

Petraeus tells Congress that Rice was unaware of al-Qaida ties to Benghazi

David Petraeus, the former CIA director, told congressional hearings on Friday that he had always known a terrorist group had been involved in an attack in Benghazi that left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead.

California judge allows high-speed rail project to continue

A judge has denied a request from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California‘s ambitious high-speed rail project, allowing work on the $68bn project to continue at an aggressive pace.

Analysis: Early “fiscal cliff” talks show possible path to deal

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama and top lawmakers agreed on Friday to work on a framework for reforming the U.S. tax code and “entitlement” programs next year, in what could be an important first step in averting the upcoming ‘fiscal cliff.”

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