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As violence continued to flare in the Middle East, American diplomats say they are mediating talks between Palestinian and Israeli security forces in an attempt to end 10 days of violence. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak today repeated his ultimatum that PLO Leader Yasser Arafat must rein in Palestinian protesters or consider the peace process finished. But it's not clear Arafat has the power to stop demonstrations. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Hebron.

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