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Middle East Democracy Summit Ends in Rancor

President Bush’s democracy initiative in the Middle East suffered a serious setback Saturday when the Forum for the Future, an international meeting attended by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, ended without a formal agreement on democracy promotion. In a surprise move, Egypt, which accounts for more than half the Arab world’s population and is the second-largest recipient of U.S. aid, scuttled the conference by demanding language that would have given Arab governments significant control over which democracy groups receive aid from a new fund. Full Story

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