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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, attends a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec 4, 2012. Israel’s latest settlement plans will destroy any lingering hopes of setting up a Palestinian state next to Israel, a senior Palestinian official warned, as international anger over such construction snowballed. (Associated Press)

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