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Sharon, Abbas Formally Announce Cease Fire

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formally announce an end to fighting. The two leaders held a landmark meeting at Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheik.

Abbas has accepted an invitation to meet with Sharon at his ranch in southern Israel, and both leaders have accepted a White House invitation to meet separately with President Bush in the spring.

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Peter Kenyon is NPR's international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey.