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Checkpoint Washington: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Expert suggests sovereignty for Gaza as talks stall

With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks mired in stalemate, someone has come up with a truly provocative idea: Give Gaza sovereignty. Gaza, of course, is the Palestinian enclave now run by Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist group. It is...

By Glenn Kessler  | November 18, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Catnip for policy wonks: Clinton's QDDR

Nothing delights denizens of Washington more than proposals for new boxes on organizational charts. So the Obama administration's long-awaited Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review should be a huge seller. Even the name bespeaks Important Thinking. The project was the brainchild...

By Glenn Kessler  | November 17, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama administration drafting letter for Netanyahu

The Obama administration is drafting a letter detailing understandings recently reached between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to a senior administration official. The Israeli media was filled with reports Wednesday that talks...

By Glenn Kessler  | November 17, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Chinese Internet diversion was worrisome, report says

For about 20 minutes in April, a state-owned Chinese telecommunications firm rerouted massive amounts of Internet traffic, including from U.S. military and government networks, through Chinese servers before sending it on its way, according to a Congressional commission report...

By Ellen Nakashima  | November 17, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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New research confirms Iran's nuclear program was target of Stuxnet worm

The Stuxnet computer worm that infiltrated industrial systems in Iran this fall may have been specifically designed to attack the country's nuclear program, potentially crippling centrifuges used to enrich uranium gas, according to new research.

By Glenn Kessler  | November 15, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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