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All eyes were on the Gaza Strip and Israel as the tension between them turned into an air battle. Egypt and others are trying to mediate a truce, but Israel is preparing for a ground war. Jordanians protested the lifting of fuel subsidies, making some think the demonstrations could turn into anti-government disobedience. The war in Syria has not let up and the opposition formed a larger, more inclusive organization.

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