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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Flight Diverted When Passengers Feud Over Reclining Seat

United Airlines jets are seen at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:54 pm

Flying is already a pain. But a story from the Associated Press Tuesday really brings home the point: The wire service reports that an entire plane was diverted on Sunday after a fight broke out over a passenger's right to recline her seat.

The AP explains:

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Jewish Center Targeted During 2008 Mumbai Attacks Reopens

Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, the new director of Nariman House in Mumbai, lights a candle Tuesday at the spot where his predecessor, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, was killed during a 2008 attack.
Indranil Mukherjee AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:51 am

Rabbis from across Asia attended Tuesday's ceremony to mark the reopening of the Jewish center in Mumbai, India, that was one of the scenes of the bloody attacks on the city in November 2008.

The Nov. 26, 2008, attack on India's commercial capital killed more than 160 people, including six people at Nariman House, the Chabad center in historic south Mumbai. Among those killed at the Jewish center were Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife, who had lived in Mumbai since 2003. Their 2-year-old son was saved by his nanny and now lives in Israel.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Hamas, Israel Reach Long-Term Cease-Fire Deal

Palestinians inspect the damage to the Italian Complex following several late-night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Tuesday.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 12:29 pm

(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)

After seven weeks of intense fighting that's killed more than 2,000 people, Hamas and Israel have announced a long-term cease-fire deal.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement in Ramallah on Tuesday, saying both sides will return to the negotiating table to deal with other demands. Abbas suggested he wanted an outcome that ends the cycle of war in the region.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Burger King To Buy Canada's Tim Hortons For $11 Billion

A pedestrian walks past a Burger King restaurant near downtown Los Angeles.
Nick Ut AP

In a deal that would create the third-largest fast-food chain, Burger King announced on Tuesday that it intended to buy Canada's Tim Hortons for about $11 billion.

The deal, reports Bloomberg, also moves the company's headquarters to Canada. Bloomberg explains:

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Leaders Of Russia, Ukraine Meet To Discuss Conflict

A Sich special volunteer battalion member attends an oath-taking and farewell ceremony in Kiev on Tuesday. The battalion is leaving the Ukrainian capital to take part in anti-terrorists operation in the east of the country.
Sergei Supinsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 8:34 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko were meeting Tuesday for talks many hope will lead to peace between Kiev and separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Reuters reports the two presidents shared a handshake at the start of the talks in Belarus.

Reporting from Donetsk, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says the prospects for peace are still far off. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Reports: U.S. Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria

Fighters from the Islamic State during a parade in Raqqa, Syria.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:41 pm

President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, The Associated Press and The New York Times are reporting this morning, citing unnamed U.S.

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech in Kiev on Monday dedicated to his decree to dissolve parliament.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 3:11 pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced today on the presidential website that he was dissolving parliament and called for fresh elections on Oct. 26.

Poroshenko said the move was in accordance with the country's constitution, noting that Ukraine's coalition government collapsed July 24.

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The Two-Way
3:05 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Rival Leaders, Rival Governments In Libya As Crisis Deepens

An airplane damaged by shelling at Tripoli International Airport on Saturday. Unidentified warplanes attacked targets in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Sunday, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport.
Reuters/Landov

Libya's political crisis deepened today when the outgoing Parliament picked a new Islamist-backed government, leaving the country with two rival Parliaments and leaders, each with their own armed supporters.

The development comes just days after Islamist militias captured Tripoli's airport after weeks of fighting, and on the same day Libya's neighbors — despite calls for an intervention — urged the factions to sort out their differences three years after the ouster of President Moammar Gadhafi.

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Ukraine Says Russian Military Vehicles Have Crossed Border

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:53 pm

Ukraine says Russian military vehicles crossed the border in southeastern Ukraine on Monday.

Correspondent Karoun Demirjian tells our Newscast unit that the accusations from the Ukrainian military come just as Russia announced it was sending another aid convoy into Ukraine.

Reporting from Moscow, Karoun filed this report:

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