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Q   Egypt moves to close Gaza border
A (CNN) -- Egypt's security forces began closing off a section of its border with Gaza Sunday, 11 days after Palestinians blasted gaps in the wall, Palestinians at the border told CNN.


Palestinians are seen on a destroyed section of the metal border wall between Gaza and Egypt in Rafah Saturday.

Last month tens of thousands of Gazans overran the border into Egypt, flooding stores to purchase goods that were in short supply as a result of an Israeli blockade. Since then, the flow of Palestinians into Egypt has dropped, and Egyptian and Hamas security forces began sealing parts of the Gaza-Egypt border last week.

Israel closed all border crossings with Gaza on January 17 to punish Hamas leaders for days of rocket attacks on southern Gaza.

Egypt has been under pressure by Israel and the United States to reseal the Rafah border crossing to prevent the flow of terrorists and weapons into Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The border is supposed to be jointly maintained by Egypt and the Palestinian Authority under the oversight of the European Union monitors but was closed after Hamas took over Gaza and split with the Palestinian Authority leadership last year.

Q   Candidates make last push before Super Tuesday
A The candidates spoke to citizens on issues ranging from Iraq to health care and beyond.

"Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama say they want a date of withdrawal. They want to wave the white flag of surrender," Arizona Sen. John McCain, the current GOP front-runner, told a crowd of supporters in Birmingham, Alabama.

"I will never surrender to al Qaeda, my friends. We will never surrender to al Qaeda."

The McCain campaign said it believes it can defeat his chief rival for the Republican nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in Massachusetts, CNN's John King reported.

"If they want to try to stop Mitt Romney, simply beating him in the state he served as governor is one way to do it," he said.

Q   China warns of 'grim' situation
A "The most difficult period is still not over yet. The situation remains grim," the Chinese cabinet said in a statement reported on Saturday by The Associated Press. More snow and sleet were forecast across southern and central China.

The warning came as millions of Chinese began preparations for next week's Lunar New Year holiday period.

On Friday, heartbreaking video from the southern city of Guangzhou showed crowds of people -- many of them migrant workers --screaming, elbowing each other, in some cases sobbing and collapsing in the rush to get a slot on a train.

Police battled to keep order in chaotic scenes in the capital of southern Guangdong province. One officer lifted a small child above the crowd as the child's mother clutched the officer's coat. A woman who fainted was carried over the mob to receive medical help.

State-run news agency Xinhua reported that 95 percent of rail traffic had "returned to normal." But conditions were far from normal, with nearly a week's worth of travelers wanting to climb on board.

Local reports said hundreds of thousands of people were massed like a herd of humanity into a huge, makeshift corral larger than a football field.

Xinhua said 400,000 people were stranded at Guangzhou Railway Station on Friday, down about half from the height of the crisis.

The winter storm -- China's worst in 50 years -- has already been blamed for at least 63 deaths around the country, including at least 25 when a bus plunged off a slippery mountain road in the southwestern Guizhou province. The government has reported $7.5 billion in damage from the storm.

Q   Analysis: Is there life after Super Tuesday?
A To paraphrase Winston Churchill, it is not the end, but it is more than the end of the beginning. It is perhaps the beginning of the end.

But with only two or three major candidates left in each party, and with more than half of the country voting, surely both races will be decided on February 5.

Maybe. Maybe not.

The race isn't over until somebody gets a majority of delegates, and both parties have rules that make it difficult to get to a majority.

The Democratic rules award delegates proportional to the vote, so if a candidate gets 40 percent of the vote, he or she gets 40 percent of the delegates.

The winner does not take all. The candidate who comes in second will continue to amass delegates. The candidate who comes in first has to win by overwhelming margins in order to get to a majority quickly.

That seems less and less likely. Polls show Barack Obama gaining momentum as Super Tuesday approaches. Crushing victories by either Hillary Clinton or Obama don't seem to be in the cards.

The fact that most delegates are awarded by congressional district makes it less likely that either Clinton or Obama will sweep the field. Each contender will be able to find pockets of strength in different areas of a state.

Q   Afghanistan says it appreciates efforts to save student journalis
A Afghanistan "appreciates the concern expressed on his behalf," the government said in a statement released by the Afghan Embassy in Washington.

"The office of President [Hamid] Karzai is closely monitoring the case and working with Afghanistan's judicial system to find a just solution in accordance with Afghan law and our nation's international obligations."

Parwez Kambaksh, 23, was sentenced to death after he was tried and convicted in a Mazar-e-Sharif court on January 22 for distributing an article that commented on Quranic verses that deal with women.

Part of the article discussed whether a Muslim man should have the right to marry more than one woman, and prosecutors deemed the work offensive to

Q   Mayor: Sarkozy weds former model
A "The bride wore white; she was ravishing, as usual," Francois Lebel, mayor of Paris' eighth arrondissement, or neighborhood, told Europe-1 radio. "The groom wasn't bad either."

It was a historic occasion, "the first time in the history of the Republic that a president has got married in office," as Lebel said.

Sarkozy, 53, and Bruni, 40, were married in the presence of about 20 close family and friends, Lebel said. He called the ceremony "a moment of family intimacy for the young newlyweds, of great simplicity and apparently a lot of affection between the spouses.

"I wished them a lot of happiness," he said.

Under French law, couples must tie the knot before a mayor to make their union official.

Sarkozy's openness about his private life has surprised many French, accustomed to presidents who keep their love lives under wraps.

At a news conference in January, Sarkozy revealed that the relationship was "serious" and hinted that wedding plans were in the works. But he refused to reveal the date for a wedding, saying only that France might learn about the nuptials once they had already taken place.

The couple went public with their relationship during a visit to Disneyland Paris, and they carried out their brief but highly publicized courtship in such places as the ruins of Petra, Jordan. The tabloids even showed the couple at an Egyptian beach resort, Bruni in a tiny black bikini, Sarkozy in trunks, gold chain and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Sarkozy's approval ratings dropped during their courtship -- in part, analysts say, because many older, more traditional voters were put off by his glitzy, jet-setting style.

During their romance, Sarkozy was nicknamed the "bling-bling president" by the media. He reportedly gave Bruni a pink heart-shaped diamond Dior engagement ring, while she gave him a Swiss-made Patek Philippe watch.

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