The Little Picture: Taking Another Crack at Peace.

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After months of diplomatic yeoman's work by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- and in particular Special Representative to the Middle East George J. Mitchell -- Washington appears to have successfully brokered a new round of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Scheduled to begin Sept. 1, and to involve face-to-face discussion between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, the talks would be the first active steps taken in the Middle East peace process since relations collapsed in 2008.

(State Department Photo/Matty Stern)

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