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csmonitor.com — So-called price tag attacks on Palestinian property by West Bank settlers and their supporters have surged this year. Israel wonders if it should call the attacks 'terrorism.' Frustrated at their inability to stem a spike in violence against West Bank Palestinians by Jewish settlers with so-called "price tag" attacks, over the weekend Israeli law enforcement authorities came within a whisker of getting permission to treat the attackers like terrorists.
csmonitor.com — Egyptians are furious with President Morsi, who they blame for widespread electricity cuts that are further disrupting businesses, shops, and restaurants at a time of economic hardship. On a busy street in Cairo, a strip of shops typically selling power tools have been doing brisk business in something a little bigger: generators.
csmonitor.com — The unexpectedly strong showing by a moderate cleric has generated last-minute buzz about Iran's vote tomorrow. But officials are more concerned about US attempts at 'sedition.' Election fever finally struck Iran in the last 72 hours before tomorrow's vote to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, amid dark warnings about potential "hand of the enemy" efforts to disrupt the vote.
washingtonpost.com — The CIA's deputy director plans to resign and will be replaced by White House lawyer and agency outsider Avril D. Haines, Director John O. Brennan said Wednesday. Haines, who will succeed career officer Michael Morell on Aug. 9, has served for three years as President Obama's deputy counsel in charge of national security issues and as legal adviser to the National Security Council.
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