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Pompeo talks Middle East peace in Jordan

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/30/18, 11:20 am

In his first overseas trip as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo said Monday in Jordan that the Trump administration considers solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority. Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Jordan but did not meet with Palestinian representatives, who have shut out U.S. diplomats since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, where the U.S. Embassy is set to open May 14. “The parties will ultimately make the decision as to what the correct resolution is,” Pompeo told reporters at a joint news conference in Amman, Jordan.

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Jordan a crucial stop on Pence’s itinerary

International | Vice president leaves Friday for an important trip to the Middle East
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/19/18, 01:51 pm

MIDDLE EAST: Vice President Mike Pence is set to depart Friday for a delayed and revised trip to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan that could coincide with a government shutdown on the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s inauguration. A White House official told Voice of America a shutdown would not change the trip because “the visit is considered integral to U.S.

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Smarter grammar?

Technology | A nonprofit hopes its algorithm-based exams can improve student writing skills
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/27/17, 05:17 pm

In this age of texting and social media, kids get plenty of opportunities to write. But do they write well? A 2012 Department of Education report found that only 27 percent of 8th- and 12th-grade students were “proficient” or better at writing.

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