Frederick Hof, a U.S. diplomat to the Middle East, visited Beirut Aug. 9 to meet with key Lebanese officials and tackle Lebanon’s role in promoting long-term peace in the Middle East. Though the exact agenda of the talks has not been specifically revealed, the meeting will likely delve on last week’s conflict between Lebanese and Israeli troops and the restoration of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiation talks, according to The Daily Star.

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      Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.