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Nov. 18 - Researchers at CERN, a particle physics laboratory, captured antimatter for the first time by confining single antihydrogen atoms in a magnetic trap. Experts say understanding antimatter could shed light on the origins of the universe. Theoretical physicists and cosmologists believe that at the Big Bang, when the universe was created, matter and antimatter were produced in equal amounts.
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Nov. 19 - The United States is employing heavily armored tanks in Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war. The M1A1 tank is the fastest and most deadly ground combat weapons system available. It will allow for more aggressive missions while mitigating risks to U.S. forces. According to John King, commander of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade, the increased firepower signals a more definitive presence for U.S. troops.
Nov.21 - The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Sunday that any American proposal for restarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations must include a complete halt in Israeli settlement building, including in East Jerusalem. Israel and the Palestinians began direct peace talks in Washington in early September. However, the Palestinians ended the negotiations soon after a 10-month Israeli suspension on West Bank construction expired.
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