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Barenboim named U.N. peace envoy

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim was named a United Nations peace envoy.

Barenboim joins a Jordanian princess, a Brazilian writer and a Japanese-American violinist as Messengers of Peace, a post in which he will promote peace around the world, The Associated Press reported. The foursome were to be honored Friday in a ceremony marking the International Day of Peace.

A world-renowned conductor and pianist, Barenboim co-founded an orchestra bringing together young Israeli and Arab musicians. He recently initiated a music education project in the Palestinian territories.

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