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After more than 11 years of war in Afghanistan, a country known as "the graveyard of empires" for its inability to be conquered and held, the White House announced Tuesday that it will sit down with the Taliban and try to work things out with words instead of bombs.

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Two days of discussion over Iran’s nuclear program ended in uncertainty Thursday, with Iran maintaining it has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and the lead negotiator for the European Union stating vaguely that “significant problems remain” with the Iranian position. Negotiations are set to resume in June.

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President Obama has had it up to here with the preening and posturing of Republican "negotiators" who won't negotiate. Who could blame him?

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As protests in Egypt continued to rage, just-installed Vice President Omar Suleiman has come to an agreement with some opposition groups to liberalize the media, release political prisoners and undergo a transition of power “within a constitutional framework.”

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Thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records spanning a decade of peace negotiations have been obtained by The Guardian. The documents show a surprising history of concessions by Palestinian negotiators in trying to resolve the long-simmering conflict.

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Motivating by either a renewed hope for peace in the Middle East or a desire for political power, Israel's Labor Party has threatened to walk out of the country's coalition government unless serious negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis get under way in the coming weeks.

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