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Events unfolded within Syria this week as well as internationally. Chemical weapons are a concern and could dramatically change the nature of the war there. Also, the U.S. and also the Friends of Syria, in a meeting in Morocco, recognized the Syrian National Coalition as legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. In Egypt, demonstrations both for and against the Morsi government continued, and Egyptians overseas began their voting on the referendum. Bahrain was not in the spotlight but their political situation and international relations took small important steps. At the end of the week, the politics in Israel were jolted by the resignation of the foreign minister after legal charges were brought against him.

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