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Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The world at 7 a.m. Times EST.

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TOP STORIES

OBAMA

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — President Barack Obama is in Cambodia on the final leg of his three-country tour of Southeast Asia. By Jim Kuhnhenn.

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip on Monday, driving up the civilian death toll and in one case devastating several homes belonging to one clan — the fallout from a new tactic in Israel's six-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. By Ibrahim Barzak And Karin Laub.

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

Justin Bieber may be Canadian, but he was the all-American boy at Sunday night's American Music Awards. By Mesfin Fekadu.

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— AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS-PHOTO GALLERY

CAMBODIA-STRONGMAN

PHNOM PENH — Obama arrives in Cambodia having just won four more years in office, but that is nothing compared to his host, Hun Sen. The 60-year-old Cambodian prime minister has held power since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, and says he's not stepping down until he is 90. Hun Sen has a knack for making sure his rivals end up in jail or in exile, but he has also overseen modest economic growth and stability in a country plagued by desperate poverty and nearly destroyed under the Khmer Rouge "killing fields" regime. By Grant Peck.

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EDUCATION-SECOND TERM

WASHINGTON — Loose ends and thorny partisan issues that have long dogged attempts to move forward on education await the next Congress as President Barack Obama's second term begins. First up: automatic spending cuts set to knock out 8.2 percent of the funding to almost all of the Education Department's programs. By Josh Lederman.

BELGIUM-ART'S PERFECT THEFT

GHENT, Belgium — The main suspect in the legendary art heist is said to have whispered with his dying breath: "Only I know where the 'Adoration' is ..." More than seven decades later, the whereabouts of a panel belonging to one of Western art's defining works, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, remains a mystery. If Rotterdam's stunning heist of Picasso, Monet and Matisse paintings last month focused attention on the murky world of art theft, Ghent's gothic Saint Bavo cathedral has been at the center of a crime that has bedeviled the art world for decades. By Raf Casert.

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NATIONAL

GENERALS SCANDAL-BROADWELL

WASHINGTON — Paula Broadwell, whose extramarital affair with CIA chief David Petraeus led to his resignation, is telling friends she is devastated by the fallout. By Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier.

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MARINES-NEW FIGHTER JET

SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps is inaugurating the military's first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation strike fighter jet months after lawmakers voiced concern the Defense Department was rushing the end of the testing phase for the aircraft, beleaguered by technical problems in its development. By Julie Watson.

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GETTYSBURG ADDRESS-SPIELBERG

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — With his new film about the 16th president in theaters, two-time Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg will make the keynote address on Monday during ceremonies that celebrate the 149th anniversary of "The Gettysburg Address." Spielberg's remarks at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg will be accompanied by a recitation of the famous speech by a Lincoln re-enactor.

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INTERNATIONAL

SYRIA

BEIRUT — A video posted online says a group of Islamic extremist factions in Syria have rejected the country's new opposition coalition.

MYANMAR-PRISONER AMNESTY

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar has set free dozens of political prisoners around the country in an amnesty that coincides with the historic visit of President Obama.

NEW ZEALAND-HOBBIT ANIMAL DEATHS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Animal wranglers involved in the making of "The Hobbit" movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other "death traps." By Nick Perry.

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CHINA-POLITICS

BEIJING — China's new leader Xi Jinping warned officials they must fight the increasingly serious problem of corruption or risk ruining the country, though he offered no specific new proposals on how to combat the scourge.

— VATICAN-POPE SCULPTURE — After much criticism, Rome inaugurates touched-up statue of John Paul II at train station. AP photos.

GETTING ATTENTION

— NUDITY BAN — In city where anything goes, going naked may soon be illegal; San Francisco eyes nudity ban. AP photos.

— KAZAKHSTAN-SPACE — 3-astronaut crew touches down in chilly Kazakhstan steppe after 125 days at space station. AP photos.

— CHARLIE CHAPLIN-AUCTION — Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat, cane in 'Little Tramp' sold at Los Angeles auction.

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