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Listed below are some of the headlines that made news this past week.

On the eve of Election Day, national and swing-state polls, as they have for much of the 2012 cycle, reflect a presidential race teetering on a knife’s edge. – CBS News

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, officials in the disaster-hit areas will use military trucks as makeshift polling stations to enable citizens to cast their votes in the Nov. 6 presidential polls. New Jersey will allow displaced residents to vote by email or fax. People throughout the affected region are already battling gasoline shortages, stubborn power outages and spasms of lawlessness in the wake of the storm. More than 700,000 people are still without power in the area. – Rediff News, AP

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been formally expelled from the ruling Communist party, state media said Sunday. The former party boss was once seen as a candidate for promotion to the party’s top echelons but was brought down earlier this year by murder allegations against his wife. – The Sydney Morning Herald

American job creation improved in October with 171,000 new jobs but the unemployment rate moved higher to 7.9 percent. – CNBC

Syrian rebels firing mortars and rocket-propelled grenades captured an oil field in the country’s east Sunday after three days of fierce fighting with government troops protecting the facility, activists said. – The Wall Street Journal

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox church chose a new pope, Bishop Tawadros, in a sumptuous service on Sunday that Christians hope will lead them through an Islamist-dominated landscape and protect what is the Middle East’s biggest Christian community.– Reuters

Four states are voting today on whether to allow residents and businesses to avoid Obamacare’s requirement that they purchase health insurance for themselves or their employees. Voters will also weigh in on same-sex marriage, abortion and capital punishment in other states. – CNN

Israeli news reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak asked the Israeli military in 2010 to prepare for an imminent attack on the Iranian nuclear program, but that their efforts were blocked by concerns over whether the military could do so and whether the men had the authority to give such an order. – The New York Times

 

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