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In last bit of diplomacy, Obama brokers an Israeli apology to Turkey

By: Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren / The New York Times President Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel apologized in a personal phone call to Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for a deadly raid on a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos in 2010 that killed nine people, a senior American official traveling with President Obama told reporters on Friday. Mr. Erdogan accepted the apology, according to Turkish officials, in a sudden and major step toward healing the rift that opened between two countries after the raid. Mr. Obama appeared to play an important role in brokering the conversation, at one point getting on the phone with the two leaders as they spoke, another senior official said. 

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Kerry: Turkish Comments Complicate Mideast Process

By: Suzan Fraser and Matthew Lee / Associated Press U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that comments by the Turkish prime minister equating Zionism to a crime against humanity complicate the efforts to find peace in the Middle East. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Kerry stressed the “urgent need to promote a spirit of tolerance, and that includes all of the public statements made by all leaders.”