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  1. Tense Talks Loom on Middle East and Iran, Fed to Announce Interest Rate

    The first couple will address global hot spots this week. Michelle Obama is unlikely to stir up controversy with her trip to China, but her husband faces a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid what John Kerry describes as the highest levels of Israeli-Palestinian mistrust he has ever seen. The P5+1 are due to resume talks with Iran about its nuclear program this week, but there are fears that intra-council tensions over Ukraine could have a negative impact on negotiations. The Crimean crisis could also impact the Fed’s interest rate, which will be announced on Wednesday.  

    Sources: AFP, Washington Post, The Telegraph, WSJ (sub) 

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