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As hope withers, Palestinian president heads to Washington

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – With pessimism growing by the day over the future of Middle East peace talks, U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on Monday to try to break the stalemate.

The deadline for the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, aimed at ending their entrenched conflict, expires next month and Washington is eager to persuade the two sides to prolong their discussions within a new framework.

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      "Crispian Balmer is bureau chief for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In 20 years with Reuters he has reported from more than 20 countries, covering everything from Hurricane Katrina to the Tsunami and the Balkans conflict. Previous assignments included lengthy spells as chief correspondent in Paris and Rome."
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