Kerry to visit Mideast in bid to calm Palestinian-Israeli tensions

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Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 annual report on international religious freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2014. Flanking Kerry is David Saperstein, left, President Obama’s nominee to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, and Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

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Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 annual report on international religious freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2014. Flanking Kerry is David Saperstein, left, President Obama’s nominee to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, and Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

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BOSTON (Reuters) The trip would mark U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's most direct efforts to broker peace between the two sides since talks led by the United States failed last year.