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International story 10/14 Rice starts Mideast trip

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice downplayed chances of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace affairs Sunday as she began a trip in the Middle East to prepare for an international meeting the United States plans to host in November. After stopping at Israel Sunday, she will visit the Palestinian president Monday.

Reuters runs an in-depth article on the issue, leading with a recap of events that have taken place so far in Rice's Middle East trip, before quoting her in the fourth paragraph to establish what was said in the lead. The remainder of the story reports on the status of both the Israeli and Palestinian governments and what Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas are looking for as the international conference draws closer. The article ends with Rice stressing the delicacy of the situation.

Voices of America also uses a direct lead, with the plans that Rice has for Monday, which is meeting with Abbas, before telling its readers what occurred on Sunday. There are no direct quotes in this version of the story, although the same angles are covered, including what the two sides want. One key difference in this inverted pyramid scheme is details on where the conference si expected to be held - Annapolis, Maryland.