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Israel says prefers diplomacy but ready to invade Gaza

(Reuters) – Israel bombed dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.

Thousands line streets of Rangoon to hail Barack Obama

Outside, the streets were blocked and hard-faced policemen kept order with the brisk and bored efficiency that comes from long practice. Inside, grey-haired opposition politicians joked, students photographed one another and representatives of Burma‘s scores of ethnic minorities in traditional woven caps waved excitedly.

Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

The cream-filled golden spongecakes known as Twinkies are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.

White House march revives Keystone XL protest movement

Hundreds of people who say they worry oil that would be carried theKeystone XL pipeline will accelerate climate change marched around the White House on Sunday, hoping to revive a movement credited with slowing down the permit process for the crude oil project.

Colombian rebels announce ceasefire ahead of Havana peace talks

Colombia‘s main rebel group has announced a unilateral ceasefire before much-anticipated peace talks with the Bogota government, in Cuba.

5 Reasons Why The Israeli-Palestinian Fighting Is Different This Time

This round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting may seem almost identical to all the battles that came before. After all, the Israelis and Palestinians waged an intense fight over the Gaza Strip just four years ago, in December 2008 and January 2009.

Caffeine Gives Endurance Athletes A Third And Fourth Wind

The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, is an extreme event — a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, topped off by a marathon.

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