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Faced with thousands of protesters, reflecting growing popular pressure, Ecuador’s Congress voted on February 13 to allow a motion by President Rafael Correa for a referendum on a constituent assembly.

After months of internecine fighting that has resulted in more than 90 Palestinian deaths, Fatah and Hamas signed a deal on February 8 to form a new unity government. The deal, brokered by Saudi Arabia, was signed after a two-day emergency meeting in Mecca.

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