Obama sets date for awaited speech on new Mideast policy

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Thursday will deliver a major speech on his Middle East policy after the killing of Osama bin Laden and amid upheaval in the Arab world, the White House said on Friday.
Obama, who has enjoyed a boost in his standing at home and abroad with the death of the al-Qaida chief last week, is also expected to use his address to talk about US hopes for advancing long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
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