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November 20, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The Gaza conflict has pressured Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on many fronts: Each rocket Hamas fired into Israel has been a test of Morsi's loyalty. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been gauging how much damage he can inflict on Hamas before Morsi responds with more than public statements and diplomacy. And the United States and the West, the source of billions of dollars in aid and possible investment that Egypt desperately needs, are watching to see whether the Egyptian president emerges as a formidable and trusted regional voice.
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November 20, 2012 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
ASHDOD, Israel - School is out in this coastal city, Israel's fifth-most populous, but the playgrounds are empty. Most shops in the Sea Mall shopping center are closed. Halfway between Gaza City and Tel Aviv, Ashdod has been the target of rockets from the Gaza Strip during several days of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that controls the strip. Between air raid sirens, citizens try to maintain some sense of normality, while staying within running distance of shelter.
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November 19, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- The olive orchards and wheat fields lining the Gaza Strip border with Israel were always sparsely populated, but on Monday the area was a virtual no-man's land. Fearing an Israeli ground invasion of the coastal strip, hundreds of families have fled. “I don't worry so much about the airstrikes, but I don't want to be here when Israeli soldiers come," said Iyad Badawi, 40, standing less than a mile from the border during a quick visit to his home to make sure everything was OK. During the last Israeli ground operation four years ago, a neighbor was killed, he noted.
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November 19, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The increasingly bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip is threatening the Obama administration's plans to reinvigorate its Middle East diplomacy, creating new obstacles across the region as the president prepares for his second term. With negotiators struggling to craft a cease-fire agreement, diplomats and experts say the strife is hampering administration efforts to help resolve the civil war in Syria, improve relations with Egypt's new government, support moderate Palestinian leaders and check Iran's growing ambitions.
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November 19, 2012 | By Sara Lessley
As the missiles and rockets fly in the Middle East, so does the war of words in Los Angeles.  As Times reporter Edmund Sanders wrote Sunday: “The conflicting views of ordinary Palestinians summed up the calculation now facing Hamas, the Islamist group that has been struggling for five years to find a balance between its roots as a resistance army and its responsibility for governing the Gaza Strip. The fourth day of violence Saturday left civilians on both sides digging out of the rubble.
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November 19, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
GAZA CITY — An Israeli airstrike Sunday killed at least nine members of the same family — mostly women and children — in the deadliest single attack and worst civilian tragedy since the fighting in the Gaza Strip began last week. Though Israel has expressed pride over its five-day military campaign for limiting civilian casualties, the strike against the Dalu home in Gaza City was likely to test the limits of international support it has received in the battle to stop militants from firing rockets at Israeli cities.
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November 18, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
From a tiny Afghan bakery to China's Great Hall of the People, here are five stories you shouldn't miss from this past week in global news: Bleakness only a child's smile can lift Kenyan information minister leads an IT revolution China's new party leader eschews predecessors' rhetoric Israel attack on Gaza: Familiar tension, new circumstances Suu Kyi's piano tuners play small but key part in Myanmar history ...
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November 18, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY - Overnight hopes for an Egyptian-negotiated cease-fire faded Sunday as clashes resumed between Israel and Hamas and several Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli airstrikes. After expressing optimism that a truce was imminent, Gaza militants temporarily suspended their rocket fire Saturday night and early Sunday morning, even as Israeli aircraft continued to hit targets in Gaza. Israel military confirmed there were no rocket attacks in southern Israel overnight.
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November 18, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- An Israeli airstrike here on Sunday killed 10 members of one family, mostly women and children, marking the deadliest single attack and worst civilian tragedy since the current fighting in the Gaza Strip began last week. “This is a massacre," shouted Nasser Dalu, a cousin and neighbor as he watched in anguish as his relatives were pulled from debris. “What did these children do?” Two male next-door-neighbors were also killed, bringing the total death count to 12, with more than 20 people wounded.
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November 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BANGKOK, Thailand -- President Obama landed in Thailand on Sunday to tout his vision of “pivoting” U.S. attention and resources to Asia. But he quickly ran into the challenge faced by his predecessors -- no American president can turn away from the Mideast. As he arrived for the first stop of a three-country, three-day hopscotch through Southeast Asia, Obama's attention was drawn to the continuing violence between Israelis and Hamas. White House aides noted the president was in regular contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu, as well as Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other leaders in position to pressure Hamas, all in an effort to defuse what appeared to be an escalating back-and-forth of airstrikes and rocket attacks that had killed more than 40 people.
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