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Obama turns tourist in Petra

US President Barack Obama took time out of his diplomatic trip of the Middle East to marvel at the ancient city of Petra. His 24-hour visit to Jordan marked the end of his four-day visit to the region.

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Obama: Palestinians 'deserve a state of their own'

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to creating an independent Palestinian state saying "simply, Palestinians deserve a state of their own".

Obama said he has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace".

President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: AA/ABACA/Press Association Images

Speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama said he had not lost hope in achieving a two-state solution.

However, the President offered no new proposals to getting there.

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