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'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meeting US envoy Martin Indyk to try to find a way to extend faltering peace talks have failed to reach agreement, a Palestinian source told AFP. The meeting began in the late afternoon on Thursday in a Jerusalem hotel but ended after five hours of "very difficult discussions", the source said. "The gap (between the parties) is still wide. There was no breakthrough," added the Palestinian source. Indyk is now expected to meet negotiators again on Friday, but he will talk to the Israeli and Palestinian sides separately.

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Thursday in Jerusalem to seek a way to prevent troubled peace talks from collapsing ahead of an April 29 deadline. Two Israeli sources speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that officials from both sides were meeting in Jerusalem, declining to provide further detail.

Israel, Palestinians hold peace talks with US envoy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met Thursday with US envoy Martin Indyk to try to find a way to extend faltering peace talks, with one Palestinian source calling the discussion "difficult". The meeting, which had been put off by a day, began in the late afternoon in a Jerusalem hotel, Palestinian sources said. The discussions are "very difficult", one source said.

Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied Thursday in solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates. To mark Prisoners Day, Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has his headquarters, after hundreds took part in early rallies in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip late Wednesday.

Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied Thursday in solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates. To mark Prisoners Day, Palestinians were to take to the streets in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has his headquarters, and hundreds took part in early rallies in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip late Wednesday.

Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

Palestinians gathered across the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday for rallies of solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates. To mark Prisoners Day, thousands were expected to demonstrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has his headquarters, and hundreds took part in early rallies in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip late Wednesday.

Israel, Palestinian peace meet postponed after killing

A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, an official said, after a fatal shooting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on Palestinian leaders. But Palestinians said the postponement came at the behest of the Americans, and to give time for US envoy Martin Indyk to arrive in the region to attend. "The meeting that was planned for tonight between Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams will not be taking place. It's being postponed," the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

UN's Ban presses Netanyahu, Abbas over peace talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to encourage them to keep alive the faltering peace process. Ban spoke to the pair individually by telephone on Sunday, amid fears the US-backed peace talks are close to collapse. The United Nations chief "strongly encouraged both sides to continue to negotiate constructively," spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.

Israeli killed in West Bank shooting

An Israeli was killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said. "Fire was opened at Israeli civilian vehicles on Route 35, near Hebron, and we're conducting widespread searches for the perpetrators... An Israeli civilian was killed in the attack," a spokeswoman told AFP. A separate army statement said two other Israelis were wounded. Israeli military radio said the victim was a man, and that his wife and one of their children were those hurt.

Gaza cops trade bullets for laser-tech in training

Security forces in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are using technology to practice shooting on laser simulators, saving money spent on ammunition in the cash-strapped Palestinian territory. In a converted gym, four uniformed officers aim at targets with Kalashnikov assault rifles converted to fire beams of laser light, whose path is recorded on a computer in a control room and monitored by an instructor. "Electronic shooting has great advantages," said Colonel Mohammed al-Nakhala, head of training in Gaza's National Security organisation.
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