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Israel

Ariel Sharon's Legacy, Views From 10 Different Countries

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s death, though hardly unexpected after eight years in a coma, unleashed a storm of commentary from around the world, reflecting on his controversial life, inextricably tied to the tumultuous history of his young nation.

His most steadfast supporters believed him to be a brave patriot who took hard decisions to protect Israel, while his harshest detractors saw nothing more or less than a war criminal, in particular for his role in the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Others tried to make sense of an apparent late-in-life transformation from controversial military and political hawk to the would-be moderate leader ready to complete the peace process with the Palestinians.

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After Seven Years In Coma, Ariel Sharon Shows "Degree Of Consciousness"

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BEERSHEBA - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for seven years, has surprised doctors by showing brain activity and a "certain degree of consciousness" for the first time since his debilitating stroke.

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Sharon Legacy, Bangkok Shutdown, Golden Globes

BANGKOK “SHUTDOWN”
Anti-government demonstrators in Bangkok are blocking the main access points to Thailand’s capital as they try to shut down the city to increase pressure on the government and on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. It comes just a few weeks ahead of a general election, The Bangkok Post reports. According to Reuters, 10,000 police officers and 8,000 soldiers have been deployed, but there are no reports of violence.
For more on the subject, we offer this Le Monde/Worldcrunch piece: Unrest In Bangkok Reveals Thailand's Deep Social Divide.

KERRY TO MEET LAVROV OVER SYRIA PEACE CONFERENCE

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