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12:01am

Thu June 23, 2011
Middle East

In West Bank, Palestinian Accord Faces Challenges

A voter casts his ballot to elect the board of the largest private medical association in the West Bank city of Hebron. Out of 14 people running, seven are backed by Fatah. There isn't a single candidate running under the Hamas banner.
Jonathan Levinson For NPR

A newly minted peace deal between rival Palestinian factions is already fraying. Fatah, which rules the West Bank, and the militant group Hamas, which holds sway in Gaza, have been at odds since a civil war broke out in Gaza in 2007.

Last month, the groups signed a reconciliation agreement. The two factions were supposed to announce the composition of a unity government in Cairo this week, but the meeting was postponed following disagreements over who should assume the post of prime minister.

A Microcosmic Election?

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10:45am

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Ai Weiwei Released On Bail, Chinese State News Agency Says

Ai Weiwei in October 2009.
Miguel Villagran Getty Images

"The Beijing police department said Wednesday that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from," China's state-controlled Xinhua news agency reports.

That officially sanctioned story also says that:

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12:01am

Wed June 22, 2011
World

Volatile Food Prices Grab G-20's Full Attention

Earth from a beet field in northern France hit by drought — the country's worst in 50 years. Crop shortages in Europe and the U.S. have led some experts to predict a rise in grain prices like those that sparked riots in 2008.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

Agriculture is topping the G-20 agenda for the first time as agriculture ministers from the world's largest economies gather in Paris beginning Wednesday.

Ever since a dramatic spike in world food prices in 2008 sparked panic and deadly riots in countries across three continents, agriculture and food security have become issues of global, political importance.

And crop shortages this year have some experts already predicting another rise in grain prices like that of 2008.

Crops Hit By Drought

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6:15pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

After U.K. Arrest, Hacker Group LulzSec Responds With Bravado

Today, British police said they arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with distributed denial of service attacks on, among other sites, the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Police said Ryan Clearly was linked to the hacker activist group LulzSec.

The Guardian reports:

Investigators believe the arrest is significant and linked to the attacks based mainly at websites belonging to US institutions and organisations.

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11:14am

Sun June 19, 2011
The Two-Way

'A Historical Moment': The Saudi Women Challenging A Government By Driving

Michael Bou-Nacklie Michael Bou-Nacklie

Fridays in Riyadh are usually slow and lazy, as the sprawling city only begins to wake up after the noon prayers. But this past Friday, a women's rights issue that's been brewing for decades spilled onto the streets.

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