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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hold a joint  press conference at Abbas' headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Rice made it clear Sunday she is unhappy about Israel's ongoing construction in areas Palestinians want for their future state, giving the issue prominent mention ahead of meetings with Israeli leaders. In what has become a near-monthly ritual, Rice is in the region to prod Israelis and Palestinians closer to a final peace deal as the chances of meeting the year-end target set by the sides appear to be slipping away.
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