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US Pledges $29Mn For Middle East Reforms Package

The US is allocating an initial sum of $29mn to launch what it is calling a US-Middle East Partnership Initiative designed to promote economic reform, democracy and education across the region. The initiative was announced by Secretary of State Colin Powell in a speech in Washington on 12 December. He said it was a continuation, and a deepening, of longstanding commitment to working with the peoples of the...