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An embrace and a handshake: how John Kerry brokered peace between Afghan rivals | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - It was late on Saturday evening in a fourth-floor room of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Kabul that the election crisis in Afghanistan that had threatened to divide the nation was staved off.<p>Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani (C) and rival Abdullah Abdullah (R) …

Opinion: A smart way out of the Gaza confrontation - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Michael B. Oren is the Abba Eban chair in international diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly Israel's ambassador to the United States. The opinions expressed in this commentary are</i> …

Dunford to lead Marine Corps in flux

Many leathernecks might argue there’s no such thing as a bad day inside the United States Marine Corps — but even they might also admit there have been better times than this.<p>Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, nominated to become the 36th commandant of the Marines, is set to inherit the smallest of the …

Kingston, Perdue hone attacks in Ga. Senate debate

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue sharpened their attacks on each other during a heated debate …

2014's sleeper issue: A bank nobody's heard of

The 2014 campaign season’s got a sleeper issue: a government bank most people have never heard of.<p>The Export-Import Bank, a federal entity that has handed out loans to American businesses in relative obscurity for years, is suddenly a political flashpoint — either a symbol of government-sponsored …