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U.S. Mideast envoy delays trip

JERUSALEM (AP) - With tensions still high, Washington's Middle East peace envoy has delayed his trip to the region.

George Mitchell was scheduled to hold separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. A U.S. official says Mitchell still intends to go, but the timing is uncertain.

Israeli officials, meanwhile, remain defiant over their plans to build more settlements in disputed east Jerusalem amid a deepening feud between the U.S. and Israel.

The Israeli announcement came during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden last week. It angered the U.S. and outraged Palestinians, who are threatening to bow out of U.S.-brokered peace talks.

Dozens of masked Palestinians today hurled rocks at police and set tires ablaze across the holy city's volatile eastern sector. Thousands of officers are in place, including reinforcements from other locations.

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