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A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

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Though they expressed their condolences for lives lost during the latest round of protests in Cairo, members of Egypt's ruling military council refused to change their plans for either Monday's parliamentary elections or the eventual presidential vote slated for next year.

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After many long months of leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus is said to be considered for, and considering, the easy and relaxing job of CIA director. Meanwhile, current CIA chief Leon Panetta reportedly has his sights set on the Pentagon.

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So, one of the relentless Barbara Walters' fave things to do around the holidays is to count down her list of the "10 Most Fascinating People" of the year This time, mixed somewhat awkwardly in among the likes of Sandra Bullock, Justin Bieber and .

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Truthdig's own Robert Scheer schools listeners about the mortgage mess and the need for a moratorium on foreclosures in the opening minutes of this week's "Left, Right & Center." Tony Blankley joins him for a discussion of this and other topics.

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Having assumed the position of the top commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus offers his guarded assessment of the status of the war in Afghanistan in this BBC interview, and he apparently believes (continued).

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No doubt Gen. David Petraeus had a certain Rolling Stone interview in mind when he conducted a lengthy interview, which aired Sunday, with "Meet the Press" anchor David Gregory about his hopes, fears and prognosis about the war in Afghanistan.

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