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Hamas Official Discusses Prisoner Swap

The Palestinian group Hamas was feted Tuesday in the Gaza Strip for having secured an agreement from the Israelis to free more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid more than five years ago. Nearly half of those Palestinian prisoners were released Tuesday, and those remaining are slated for release in two months. Osama Hamdan, a senior official from the Hamas international relations department, tells Robert Siegel the move is a victory not only for Hamas, but for all Palestinians.
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Burt Shavitz, Face Of Burt's Bees, Dies At 80

Burt Shavitz, the eccentric co-founder of Burt's Bees skin care products, has died at age 80. His bearded face is on your lip balm.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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U.N. Report Highlights Surprising Global Progress On Poverty Goals

In 2000 the world's leaders agreed on an ambitious plan for attacking global poverty by 2015. Called the Millennium Development Goals, these time-bound targets spurred an unprecedented aid effort that helped slash the share of people living in extreme poverty in half. Now nations are hammering out an even broader set of goals for 2030, but this time the task is proving highly controversial. The Millennium Development Goals were drafted in a highly casual way and that simple process proved the key to their success.
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Hacking Team Breach Reveals Firm Sold Spying Tools To Repressive Regimes

What happens when one of the most notorious hacking companies gets hacked? That's the situation unfolding for one Italian company, which sells surveillance software to governments across the globe.

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