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7:39am

Sat May 30, 2015
Parallels

Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 12:20 pm

Armed Palestinian masked militants push back a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in Gaza City on August 22, 2014, before executing more than a dozen men for allegedly helping Israel during its six-week assault on the Palestinian enclave. This week, Amnesty International released a report saying that Hamas was responsible for these and other killings.
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During the upheaval of last year's war between Hamas and Israel, at least 23 Gazans were deliberately killed by their fellow Palestinians, according to a report out this week from Amnesty International.

Amnesty blames the killings on Hamas, which runs Gaza. It says those killed were accused of being collaborators — spies for Israel — and many were awaiting trial.

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6:47am

Sat May 30, 2015
Iraq

Thousands Who Run, Few Who Fight: A Journalist On Ramadi's Fall

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 5:58 am

Iraqi anti-terrorism forces patrol in central Ramadi, Iraq, on April 18. A month later, the city fell to the self-declared Iraqi State. Ayman Oghanna, a journalist who was embedded with Iraqi Special Forces in the city, says the Special Forces are capable precision fighters — but are being asked to fill the role of an entire military.
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More than a week ago, the Iraqi city of Ramadi, in Anbar province, was taken by the self-declared Islamic State.

The fall of that key city wasn't just a setback for Iraq: It was also a blow to the current U.S. strategy of trying to contain ISIS through air strikes.

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militias allied with the Iraqi government continue to move against ISIS in Anbar Province. The battles bring back American memories. Some of the fiercest fighting in the Iraq War ocurred there, and many Americans died trying to win back the city of Ramadi from Sunni insurgents.

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5:46am

Sat May 30, 2015
The Two-Way

'Eggcorns': The Gaffes That Spread Like Wildflowers

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 11:01 pm

Please pause if you're about to tell us our headline should say "spread like wildfire."

We intentionally slipped an eggcorn into that line — something we couldn't have done a week ago because, frankly, we'd never heard of eggcorns.

But thanks to Merriam-Webster, which included eggcorn among the more than 1,700 words added to its dictionary this past week, we learned that it is:

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5:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
The Two-Way

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 9:14 am

Bob Schieffer on the set of Face the Nation in September.
Chris Usher CBS

No one can ask a tough question quite like Bob Schieffer.

For example, when he asked then-presidential candidate John Edwards: "It appears that the White House strategy will be to picture you as a pretty boy....A lightweight...Does that bother you?"

Cue nervous laughter from a candidate who became known for paying $400 to get a haircut.

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5:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
Music News

A Band Of Their Own

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 9:14 am

Doris Funderburk directs The Darlinettes.
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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