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KERRY, NETANYAHU MEET IN GERMANY

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Berlin today for talks about ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Kerry called for an immediate end to all incitement and violence after three weeks of deadly attacks. Netanyahu also called for a de-escalation but blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas for the violence. "I think it is time for the international community to say clearly to President Abbas to stop spreading lies about Israel," the AP quoted Netanyahu as saying. "Lies that Israel wants to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, lies that Israel wants to tear down the al-Aqsa Mosque, lies that Israel is executing Palestinians. All of that is false."

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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