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              FILE - In this undated file photo made available by Albatross Aerial Perspective shows an aerial the Tamar Lease natural gas rig, located 90 kilometers west of the city of Haifa, northe

    FILE - In this undated file photo made available by Albatross Aerial Perspective shows an aerial the Tamar Lease natural gas rig, located 90 kilometers west of the city of Haifa, northe

    Posted: 3/29/2013 1:08:30 PM EST
    FILE - In this undated file photo made available by Albatross Aerial Perspective shows an aerial the Tamar Lease natural gas rig, located 90 kilometers west of the city of Haifa, northern Israel. Recent discoveries of massive offshore natural gas deposits, set to begin flowing in the coming days, are turning into a mixed blessing for Israel. The deposits are expected to provide Israel enough natural gas for decades and transform the country, famously empty of natural resources, into an energy exporter. Yet selling this gas overseas will require Israel to navigate a geo-political quagmire that risks angering allies and enemies alike.(AP Photo/Albatross Aerial Perspective, File)
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              FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, a Syrian rebel checks an anti-aircraft weapon, in Maaret Misreen, near Idlib, Syria. America's Arab allies have dramatically stepped up

    FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, a Syrian rebel checks an anti-aircraft weapon, in Maaret Misreen, near Idlib, Syria. America's Arab allies have dramatically stepped up

    Posted: 3/27/2013 4:38:25 PM EST
    FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, a Syrian rebel checks an anti-aircraft weapon, in Maaret Misreen, near Idlib, Syria. America's Arab allies have dramatically stepped up weapon supplies to Syrian rebels in preparation for a push on the capital Damascus, the main stronghold of President Bashar Assad, officials and Western military experts say, with one official saying airlifts to neighboring Jordan and Turkey have doubled the past month. The U.S. and other Western governments are involved to channel the flow toward more secular fighters, they say. The influx appears to be boosting a rebel drive to seize supply routes from the border with Jordan to Damascus. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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              FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions as they observe the Syrian army forces base of Wadi al-Deif, at the front line of Maaret

    FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions as they observe the Syrian army forces base of Wadi al-Deif, at the front line of Maaret

    Posted: 3/27/2013 4:38:25 PM EST
    FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions as they observe the Syrian army forces base of Wadi al-Deif, at the front line of Maaret al-Numan town, in Idlib province, Syria. America's Arab allies have dramatically stepped up weapon supplies to Syrian rebels in preparation for a push on the capital Damascus, the main stronghold of President Bashar Assad, officials and Western military experts say, with one official saying airlifts to neighboring Jordan and Turkey have doubled the past month. The U.S. and other Western governments are involved to channel the flow toward more secular fighters, they say. The influx appears to be boosting a rebel drive to seize supply routes from the border with Jordan to Damascus. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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              FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebels listen to their trainer on how to use a rocket propelled grenade in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria. America's Arab allie

    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebels listen to their trainer on how to use a rocket propelled grenade in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria. America's Arab allie

    Posted: 3/27/2013 4:38:25 PM EST
    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebels listen to their trainer on how to use a rocket propelled grenade in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria. America's Arab allies have dramatically stepped up weapon supplies to Syrian rebels in preparation for a push on the capital Damascus, the main stronghold of President Bashar Assad, officials and Western military experts say, with one official saying airlifts to neighboring Jordan and Turkey have doubled the past month. The U.S. and other Western governments are involved to channel the flow toward more secular fighters, they say. The influx appears to be boosting a rebel drive to seize supply routes from the border with Jordan to Damascus. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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              FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebel fighter Tawfiq Hassan, 23, a former butcher, poses for a picture, after returning  from fighting against Syrian army forces

    FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebel fighter Tawfiq Hassan, 23, a former butcher, poses for a picture, after returning from fighting against Syrian army forces

    Posted: 3/27/2013 4:38:25 PM EST
    FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 file photo, Syrian rebel fighter Tawfiq Hassan, 23, a former butcher, poses for a picture, after returning from fighting against Syrian army forces in Aleppo, at a rebel headquarters in Marea on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria. America's Arab allies have dramatically stepped up weapon supplies to Syrian rebels in preparation for a push on the capital Damascus, the main stronghold of President Bashar Assad, officials and Western military experts say, with one official saying airlifts to neighboring Jordan and Turkey have doubled the past month. The U.S. and other Western governments are involved to channel the flow toward more secular fighters, they say. The influx appears to be boosting a rebel drive to seize supply routes from the border with Jordan to Damascus. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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              CORRECTS LENGTH OF TRAVEL - In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop,  Hmong leader Moua Toua Ther poses with a selection of ordnance used against the rebels by

    CORRECTS LENGTH OF TRAVEL - In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, Hmong leader Moua Toua Ther poses with a selection of ordnance used against the rebels by

    Posted: 3/26/2013 6:08:30 PM EST
    CORRECTS LENGTH OF TRAVEL - In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, Hmong leader Moua Toua Ther poses with a selection of ordnance used against the rebels by the Lao and Vietnamese troops, in Xaysomboune, northern Laos. Moua Toua Ter traveled through the jungles of Laos for almost three decades with a small band of followers who were in hiding from the Lao army, who were trying to track them down because the communist government distrusted them as allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. Moua Toua Ter later fled to safety to Thailand, but on Monday, March 25, 2013, was in an immigration jail in Bangkok, and it is feared he will be deported to Laos, where rights activists say he will face persecution from the authorities. (AP Photo/Philip Blenkinsop) NO SALES, ONE TIME USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVES
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              CORRECTS LENGTH OF TRAVEL TIME - In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, villagers break down en-masse after delivering their plea through visiting reporters

    CORRECTS LENGTH OF TRAVEL TIME - In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, villagers break down en-masse after delivering their plea through visiting reporters

    Posted: 3/26/2013 6:08:30 PM EST
    CORRECTS LENGTH OF TRAVEL TIME - In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, villagers break down en-masse after delivering their plea through visiting reporters to the international community for safety from attacks by the Lao army, as Hmong rebel leader Moua Toua Ther, right, oversees the encounter in Xaysomboune, northern Laos. Moua Toua Ter traveled through the jungles of Laos for almost three decades with a small band of followers who were in hiding from the Lao army, who were trying to track them down because the communist government distrusted them as allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. Moua Toua Ter later fled to safety to Thailand, but on Monday, March 25, 2013, was in an immigration jail in Bangkok, and it is feared he will be deported to Laos, where rights activists say he will face persecution from the authorities. (AP Photo/Philip Blenkinsop) NO SALES, ONE TIME USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVES
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              FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2010 file photo, a crew of U.S. sailors and Nigerian special forces fighters prepares to board the NNS Burutu for a training exercise off the Nigerian coast. The

    FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2010 file photo, a crew of U.S. sailors and Nigerian special forces fighters prepares to board the NNS Burutu for a training exercise off the Nigerian coast. The

    Posted: 3/26/2013 11:48:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2010 file photo, a crew of U.S. sailors and Nigerian special forces fighters prepares to board the NNS Burutu for a training exercise off the Nigerian coast. The U.S. Navy offered training to the Nigerian navy as worries mount of increasingly violent pirate attacks along the West African coast. The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa’s west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliates. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)
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              In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop,  Hmong leader Moua Toua Ther poses with a selection of ordnance used against the rebels by the Lao and Vietnamese troo

    In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, Hmong leader Moua Toua Ther poses with a selection of ordnance used against the rebels by the Lao and Vietnamese troo

    Posted: 3/26/2013 6:58:17 AM EST
    In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, Hmong leader Moua Toua Ther poses with a selection of ordnance used against the rebels by the Lao and Vietnamese troops, in Laos. Moua Toua Ter traveled through the jungles of Laos in 2003 with a small band of followers who were in hiding from the Lao army, who were trying to track them down because the communist government distrusted them as allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. Moua Toua Ter later fled to safety to Thailand, but on Monday, March 25, 2013, was in an immigration jail in Bangkok, and it is feared he will be deported to Laos, where rights activists say he will face persecution from the authorities. (AP Photo/Philip Blenkinsop) NO SALES, ONE TIME USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVES
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              In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, villagers break down en-masse after delivering their plea through visiting reporters to the international community fo

    In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, villagers break down en-masse after delivering their plea through visiting reporters to the international community fo

    Posted: 3/26/2013 6:58:17 AM EST
    In this photo taken in January 2003 released by Philip Blenkinsop, villagers break down en-masse after delivering their plea through visiting reporters to the international community for safety from attacks by the Lao army, as Hmong rebel leader Moua Toua Ther, right, oversees the encounter in Laos. Moua Toua Ter traveled through the jungles of Laos in 2003 with a small band of followers who were in hiding from the Lao army, who were trying to track them down because the communist government distrusted them as allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. Moua Toua Ter later fled to safety to Thailand, but on Monday, March 25, 2013, was in an immigration jail in Bangkok, and it is feared he will be deported to Laos, where rights activists say he will face persecution from the authorities. (AP Photo/Philip Blenkinsop) NO SALES, ONE TIME USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVES
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              FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, demonstrators hold a symbolic silent protest in Lansing, Mich., a day after thousands of protesters rallied on the grounds as lawmake

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, demonstrators hold a symbolic silent protest in Lansing, Mich., a day after thousands of protesters rallied on the grounds as lawmake

    Posted: 3/23/2013 11:23:36 AM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, demonstrators hold a symbolic silent protest in Lansing, Mich., a day after thousands of protesters rallied on the grounds as lawmakers pushed final versions of right-to-work legislation. Demonstrators used the tape over their mouths to say that Gov. Rick Snyder and his allies have silenced Michigan’s middle class, and effectively cut the wages of Michiganders by $1500. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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              In this March 21, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation wi

    In this March 21, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation wi

    Posted: 3/23/2013 10:53:17 AM EST
    In this March 21, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation within their ranks, foreign meddling and new finger-pointing over chemical weapons, with no sign that Assad plans to leave anytime soon. As the two-year civil war slogs on, the United States appears closer than ever to sending military support to Syrian rebels in hopes of breaking the bloody impasse that has left more than 70,000 dead and forced more than 1 million refugees to flee their homes. There is emerging consensus that the U.S. and its allies feel the need to move forward somehow. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              Children shout slogans during a rally to promote peace on the Korean peninsula at the Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea,Thursday, March 21, 20

    Children shout slogans during a rally to promote peace on the Korean peninsula at the Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea,Thursday, March 21, 20

    Posted: 3/21/2013 1:53:32 PM EST
    Children shout slogans during a rally to promote peace on the Korean peninsula at the Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea,Thursday, March 21, 2013. North Korea has threatened revenge for the sanctions and for ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills, which the allies describe as routine but which Pyongyang says are rehearsals for invasion. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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              South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, listesn to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Marc

    South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, listesn to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Marc

    Posted: 3/18/2013 3:33:20 AM EST
    South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, listesn to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 18, 2013. Carter is traveling to Asia to meet with U.S. allies and visit here on the second leg of his four-nation Asian tour. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
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              FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, India's Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he greets supporters after casting his vote  in the second phase of the s

    FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, India's Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he greets supporters after casting his vote in the second phase of the s

    Posted: 3/9/2013 1:33:48 AM EST
    FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, India's Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he greets supporters after casting his vote in the second phase of the state assembly elections in Ahmadabad, India. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)
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              FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is on the second day of fast, waves to supporters in Ahmadabad, India. India’s national

    FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is on the second day of fast, waves to supporters in Ahmadabad, India. India’s national

    Posted: 3/9/2013 1:33:46 AM EST
    FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is on the second day of fast, waves to supporters in Ahmadabad, India. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)
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              FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 file photo, Congress party youth wing activists wear masks of their leader Rahul Gandhi as they raise slogans in Kolkata, India. India’s national el

    FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 file photo, Congress party youth wing activists wear masks of their leader Rahul Gandhi as they raise slogans in Kolkata, India. India’s national el

    Posted: 3/9/2013 1:33:44 AM EST
    FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 file photo, Congress party youth wing activists wear masks of their leader Rahul Gandhi as they raise slogans in Kolkata, India. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Narendra Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)
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              FILE - In this Wednesday, July 6, 2011 file photo, India's ruling Congress party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, right, interacts with villagers during his 'Kisan Sandesh Yatra' or Farm

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 6, 2011 file photo, India's ruling Congress party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, right, interacts with villagers during his 'Kisan Sandesh Yatra' or Farm

    Posted: 3/9/2013 1:33:43 AM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 6, 2011 file photo, India's ruling Congress party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, right, interacts with villagers during his 'Kisan Sandesh Yatra' or Farmers Message Campaign in Ahladpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Narendra Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/File)
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              In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 file photo, Rahul Gandhi, center, senior member of India's ruling Congress Party and son of its leader Sonia Gandhi, salutes with other party members durin

    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 file photo, Rahul Gandhi, center, senior member of India's ruling Congress Party and son of its leader Sonia Gandhi, salutes with other party members durin

    Posted: 3/9/2013 1:33:42 AM EST
    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 file photo, Rahul Gandhi, center, senior member of India's ruling Congress Party and son of its leader Sonia Gandhi, salutes with other party members during a function for Independence Day in New Delhi, India. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Narendra Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)
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              In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, India's ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi speaks during a press conference in Varanasi, India. India’s national election is not expected

    In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, India's ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi speaks during a press conference in Varanasi, India. India’s national election is not expected

    Posted: 3/9/2013 1:33:41 AM EST
    In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, India's ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi speaks during a press conference in Varanasi, India. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Narendra Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)


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