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Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria

Three Syrian tanks enter demilitarized zone in Golan: Israel

Three Syrian tanks enter demilitarized zone in Golan: Israel

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JERUSALEM | Sat Nov 3, 2012 11:28am EDT
(Reuters) - Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights betweenIsrael and Syria on Saturday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.
"The Israeli Defense Forces have filed a complaint with the U.N. (peacekeeping) force in the area," the spokeswoman said. She had no further information on what the tanks were doing. Israeli media said the tanks were involved in fighting rebels trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau, from Syria during a 1967 Middle East war. The Golan demilitarized zone has been largely quiet since a 1973 ceasefire.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; editing by Mark Heinrich)

More evidence of Romney polling surge: Momentum carries him to second place in Politico/GWU poll, trailing only Obama.

Battleground Tracking Poll: President Obama retakes lead

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MARION, Ohio — With eight days to go until the election, President Barack Obama has recaptured a narrow national lead over Mitt Romney, riding increased support from women and an edge in early voting.
A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — taken from last Monday through Thursday — shows Obama ahead of Romney by 1 percentage point, 49 percent to 48 percent. That represents a 3-point swing in Obama’s direction from a week ago but reflects a race that remains statistically tied.

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Obama leads by 8 points among those who have already voted, 53 percent to 45 percent. These early voters represent 15 percent of the electorate, with many more expected to vote in the next few days — though Hurricane Sandy could change that.
But the GOP nominee maintains a potentially pivotal advantage in intensity among his supporters. Sixty percent of those who support Obama say they are “extremely likely” to vote, compared with 73 percent who back Romney. Among this group, Romney leads Obama by 9 points, 53 percent to 44 percent.
By any measure, the race is neck and neck: 43 percent say they will “definitely” vote Romney, compared with 42 percent who say the same of the president.
On the generic congressional ballot, Republicans lead Democrats, 46 percent to 45 percent, after trailing slightly for much of the fall.
Obama leads among women by 11 points, 54 percent to 43 percent. The gap had narrowed to 6 points a week ago, but much of that survey was conducted before the GOP nominee’s comment at the second debate that he had reviewed “binders full of women” as part of a gender diversity effort as Massachusetts governor. Obama and his allies have also been hitting full swing at Romney as an enemy of women’s rights on abortion and contraception in advertising and speeches.
The president is now closer in standing to where he’s been the past few months, and the swing is due to female support. On every issue and question of character, women now favor Obama over Romney.
Men, meanwhile, support Romney over Obama by 12 points, 55 percent to 43 percent.
“The women have come back, and they look pretty locked in,” said Celinda Lake, the Democratic pollster who helped conduct the bipartisan poll. “The key is to win the women by as much as you’re losing the men by.”

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