World Leaders Combine Forces to End Middle East Violence

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - There's a global push to keep the Mideast
conflict from growing into a broader war.

The UN, the European Union and Italy are pushing ahead with separate efforts to try to end the fighting between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah.

A senior UN envoy is leading a delegation visiting Beirut for talks with Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. The UN team is also expected to visit Israel.

And European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana has also met with Saniora.

Lebanon's government has also disclosed that Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi has relayed to it Israel's conditions for an end to its assault on Lebanon.

And U.S. officials are said to be in constant contact with Israeli and Lebanese officials.