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Israeli leadership shuns Carter as he plans to meet with Hamas

By Joel Greenberg Chicago Tribune (MCT) JERUSALEM _ Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is getting a cool reception in Israel, where he arrived on Sunday at the start of a nine-day Middle East tour that he said would likely include a meeting with Hamas leaders in Syria. Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who brokered the first Arab-Israeli peace accord, ...

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Iraqi troops free British hostage held by militants

By Hannah Allam McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) BAGHDAD _ Iraqi forces who were conducting raids on militants Monday in the southern port city of Basra freed a British journalist who’d been held hostage for two months, the Iraqi military announced.

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As Olympics protests mount, China blasts its foreign critics

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) BEIJING _ Bristling at criticism in the run-up to the Summer Olympics, China is lashing back at its foreign critics _ by name. Earlier this week, the state Xinhua news agency called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “disgusting.” And on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu lambasted a CNN commentator, Jack Cafferty, for his “vicious” ...

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