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Today's lineup: Taliban PR, pope's trip, Florida builders

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Here are the major stories we're producing today. (Note that as we post stories, we put a live link into the summary that will take you to the story itself):

• The Pope today called for a lift on the Gaza embargo that allows only minimal food and medicine into the territory. Netanyahu is expected to remove all restrictions on foodstuffs when he meets with Obama on Monday. Ilene Prusher is looking at the humanitarian impacts of the blockade on citizens and aid workers, with reporting from inside Gaza.

• In the battle over public perceptions in Afghanistan, the US and its allies have been outgunned by the Taliban. But the US is ramping up its effort to seize the initiative in the information war. Jason Montlagh in Herat, Afghanistan writes on the emerging battle plan.

Jane Arraf in Iraq is looking into how worried US officials are about the spike of attacks in Iraq. Might US troops have to stay longer?


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