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Israel picks veteran hardliner Reuven Rivlin as president

Israel’s parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country’s next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into the ceremonial, but influential post. Rivlin, a stalwart of the ruling Likud Party, now faces the tough task of succeeding Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became an all-star on the…