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dead sea, jordan — the latest developments at the world economic forum in jordan (all times local):12:25 p.m.the iraqi president says he hopes the city of mosul will be freed from control of the extremist group islamic state "in the next few days."fuad masum made the prediction at the opening session of the world economic forum's regional gathering saturday.mosul was overrun by is militants in 2014. since the fall, iraqi forces backed by a u.s.-led coalition have slowly pushed back the militants.masum says that "iraq has achieved a decisive victory over terrorism, but we hope in the next few days to achieve a complete liberation of mosul."he did not say what his forecast was based on.masum called on investors to come to his country and help with reconstruction of mosul. he previously described the scale of destruction there as "horrendous."___10:40 a.m.a pair of veteran israeli and palestinian negotiators, who endured repeated failures, expressed rare optimism about president donald trump's efforts to strike a mideast peace deal.senior palestinian official saeb erekat and former israeli foreign minister tzipi livni spoke at the world economic forum's regional meeting saturday.erekat told the associated press that he is encouraged by trump's apparent determination. when asked about trump's growing domestic difficulties, erekat said he believes any deal on setting up a palestinian state alongside israel would win broad bipartisan support in the u.s.livni said in th...