Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza continued Wednesday to abide by the 72-hour cease-fire brokered by Egypt, which went into effect at 8 A.M on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces withdrew its remaining forces from Gaza after the cease-fire came into effect and said it has demolished all of Hamas' known tunnels, some of which have been used to breach Israel's border and carry out attacks. An Israeli delegation is currently in Cairo to negotiate a more permanent agreement, with Egyptian mediation. A Palestinian delegation, including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, is in Cairo, as well. Officials in Gaza say more than 1,800 Palestinians were killed during the operation, most of them civilians. Sixty-four IDF soldiers and three Israeli civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8. Below are the information surrounding the various rockets that the HAMAS has acquired, their various capabilities as well as Israel's response via the ...

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Background For several centuries, the Diaoyu Islands have been administered as one part of Taiwan and have always been used exclusively by Chinese fishermen as an base for fishing, both before and after World War II. In 1874, Japan took Liu Chiu Islands (Okinawa) from China by force when Chinese Ching Dynasty was involved in several wars with other foreign countries. However, the Diaoyu Islands still remained under the administration of Taiwan, a part of China. After being defeated by Japan in the Sino-Japan War, China ceded Taiwan to Japan under the Shimonoseki Treaty. As a part of Taiwan, the Diaoyutai Islands belonged to Japan at that time. Taiwan was returned to China at the end of World War II in 1945 based upon the 1943 agreement of the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations. The Japanese government accepted the terms that stated in these documents"...that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, ...

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In a graduation speech at West Point, many pundits have criticized, if not slammed, President Obama for a defensive and substance-less speech on US foreign policy. The ironies could not have been starker. In front of a crowd of well-groomed soon to become officers, keen (well, we should expect so at least) to advance America’s military objectives, Obama toned down their necessity. Instead, he argued for a more “restraint” use of American military, rhetoric that would find itself banal at best. It was an anti-climatic harbinger that US diplomacy is likely to remain key as it has been since Obama took office. Ultimately, this contrast is a reflection of a much deeper debate. Amidst a public tired of the Bush-era wars and an economy still sputtering to life, traditional unilateral American action will remain an elusive option. Countering this is a conservative bloc that remains well-funded and vocal calling for a ...

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