Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume in Washington

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will hold peace talks for the first time in three years in Washington from Monday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State said.

The talks through Tuesday are considered to be a restart of the direct negotiations that broke down in the autumn of 2010, officials said.

The first such negotiations in U.S. President Barack Obama's second term have come about through Secretary of State John Kerry's shuttle diplomacy efforts, but are expected to face difficulty due to ongoing disputes over borders and the repatriation of Palestinian refugees.