Clinton Meets With Abbas

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 21, 2012. Fighting raged on both sides of Gaza's borders despite intensified efforts across the region to thrash out a truce to end a week of violence that has cost 136 Palestinian and five Israeli lives. Diplomatic efforts have involved US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi but a deal to end Israel's offensive on rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip remains elusive. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ALAA BADARNEH        (Photo credit should read ALAA BADARNEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met early Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank, and will also sit down in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She will then travel to Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who has been attempting to negotiate a ceasefire. Clinton will stay in the West Bank and Jerusalem during her trip and not travel to Gaza, which is run by Hamas, a group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also meet with Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, violence in Tel Aviv and continued airstrikes shook Israel and Gaza.

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