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Fri November 16, 2012

Congressional Leaders Optimistic On Budget Deal

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. For the first time since the election, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders came together at the White House and by all accounts, it was time well spent.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We had a very constructive meeting with the president.

SENATOR HARRY REID: So I think it was a very constructive meeting.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It was a very constructive meeting.

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Israeli-Palestinian Coverage
3:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Egypt's Prime Minister Calls For Ceasefire In Gaza

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

Hamas militants launched more rockets toward Tel Aviv and other cities amid Israel's continuing air and naval bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Friday. Egypt's Prime Minister also paid a brief visit to Gaza City and its Shifa hospital to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

Israeli-Palestinian Coverage
3:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Israel May Launch Ground Invasion In Gaza Strip

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

Israel is amassing troops and tanks on the Gaza border in anticipation of a possible ground offensive. Israeli officials are not saying it is imminent but also stressing the option remains on the table.

Israeli-Palestinian Coverage
3:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hamas Official: 'This War Is Imposed On Us'

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:55 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Yesterday on the program, we talked with Israel's ambassador to the United States. And today, we'll hear from a leader of Hamas, Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad. I asked him why Hamas had launched a rocket attack on Jerusalem, which is after all one of Islam's holiest cities.

GHAZI HAMAD: Look, now there is open war now that Israel targeting on regions and all cities in Gaza. So maybe the equation is that if Gaza is not there, Tel Aviv will not be safe and Jerusalem will not be safe.

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Middle East
3:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Despite Taboo, Jordanians Call For King's Removal

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:36 pm

Thousands of demonstrators went back onto the streets of Amman and other Jordanian cities on Friday. The protests were sparked by fuel price hikes, but some are now calling for the downfall of King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the region.

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