Thu December 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Soar In Gaza Of Fragrance Named For Rocket Fired At Israel

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:50 am

Bottles of M75 on sale at a shop in Gaza City. The fragrance is named for the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel.
Ashraf Amra APA /Landov


Sat December 8, 2012
NPR Story

Young Gazans Brave Fear To Welcome Hamas Leader

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 7:14 am

Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal (left) and Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh wave during a news conference upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.
Suhaib Salem AP

Tens of thousands of people turned out for a mass rally in the Gaza Strip on Friday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hamas, which governs Gaza. The guest of honor was the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal.

This is Meshaal's first-ever trip to Gaza, and it's been seen as a political milestone in Hamas' attempt to gain wider acceptance in the region.

Gaza is a small, very crowded strip of land that is full of young people. Roughly 1.7 million people live here, and about half are under the age of 18.

Young People, Politically Minded

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Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal Returns To Gaza Strip After 45-Year Exile

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 7:14 am

The exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal shakes hands with supporters upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.
Suhaib Salem AP

For the first time since his exile in 1967, the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, returned to the Gaza Strip today. He arrived through the border with Egypt, kissing the ground in celebration and as NPR's Philip Reeves reports, Meshal received a hero's welcome as well as military one.

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Sun November 25, 2012
Middle East

U.S. Maneuvers In Middle East Diplomacy

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 6:34 am



For more on the changing dynamic in that region, we're joined live in the studio by P.J. Crowley. He served as assistant secretary of state for public affairs in the Obama administration between 2009 and 2011. He also served on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration. P.J., thanks for coming in this morning.

P.J. CROWLEY: Pleasure, Rachel.

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Thu November 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Israel Makes Arrests For Tel Aviv Bus Bombing

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 8:04 am

Israeli police officers examine a blown up bus at the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Oded Balilty AP

Israel has arrested several people, including an Arab Israeli, in connection with the Tel Avis bus bombing that wounded 27 people on Wednesday.

The arrests were made Wednesday, but details were only revealed Thursday because of a gag order, the Haaretz newspaper reported, citing security sources.

Here's more from the newspaper:

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