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Hamas Deal Would Halt Rocket Attacks on Israel

The Palestinian political group Hamas has reached an agreement that other militant groups will stop firing rockets into Israel for a year. The agreement also suggests that Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been held in Palestine for over 3 years, may be released soon in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, Guardian.

23 people are dead after a ferry sank in Indonesia. Over 200 people had to be rescued, BBC News.

The United States is one step closer to health care reform after the U.S. Senate voted last night 60-39 on a procedural motion to move debate further, Voice of America.

Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan had his first hearing for charges in the deaths of 13 people. Hasan, who is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a civilian police officer, had the hearing in his hospital room. New evidence has emerged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the FBI had intercepted emails from Hasan to people connected with al Qaeda but that information was not passed on to the military, BBC News.

A Canadian woman has lost her long-term disability benefits for depression after an insurance agent for her private supplemental insurance saw a picture of her on Facebook smiling and having a good time on vacation, Associated Press.

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Rio de Janeiro Will Host 2016 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has chosen Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This will be the first time an Olympics has been held in South America. We’ll have all the Olympic news for you soon in a Featured Post.

Ateke Tom, one of the main rebel commanders in Nigeria, will take part in an amnesty agreement. Ateke Tom and those following him will hand over their weapons and will be eligible for rehabilitation. Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua is not currently in full control of the country which is rich in oil resources. October 4 is the deadline for rebels to surrender if they wish to receive amnesty, Voice of America.

Voters will go to the polls on Sunday in Greece. Current Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has promised to work to solve the economic crisis if reelected, Reuters.

Israel exchanged 20 female Palestinian prisoners for video evidence that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in June 2006, is alive and well, BBC News. Transcript.

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