URGENT ¥¥¥ Abbas tells Obama no talks without freeze: presidency

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday told US President Barack Obama there could be no talks with Israel without a freeze on settlement construction.

"A resumption of negotiations is not possible without an Israeli settlement freeze in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," Abbas's political adviser Nimr Hammad quoted him as telling Obama during a two-and-a-half-hour meeting.