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Calling this "a time of renewed hope," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday a former NATO commander will step into a new role as U.S. special envoy for Mideast security.

The announcement comes in the wake of the Mideast summit in Annapolis, Maryland, where Israeli President Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to work towards a Palestinian state over the next year.

Retired Marine Gen. James Jones "will work with Israelis and Palestinians on the full range of security issues," advising Rice and the president as the White House seeks to play an active role in advancing the peace process in the region, Rice said at the State Department. Read full article »

CNN's Elise Labott and Jamie McIntyre contributed to this report.

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