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US Diplomat Visits Middle East to Shore Up America's Image

President Bush has dispatched the State Department's new undersecretary for public diplomacy to help shore up America's image in the Middle East.

Karen Hughes, a long-time advisor to the president, is slated to arrive in Egypt Sunday as part of what she says is a campaign to counter a terrorist message of hate with one of freedom and hope. Sworn in earlier this month, she says one of her primary roles is putting a human face on American policy.

During her five-day trip, which includes stops in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, she will meet with senior government officials, students and religious leaders.

Her trip comes as numerous polls indicate a surge in anti-Americanism in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.