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Palestinians in talks ultimatum as Kerry meets Netanyahu

The Palestinians have given Washington's top diplomat John Kerry until Tuesday to resolve a a dispute with Israel over the release of prisoners after he flew in to salvage crisis-hit peace talks. US peace efforts are teetering on the brink of collapse after Israel refused to free a group of 26 veteran Palestinians under an agreement that brought the sides back to the negotiating table in July 2013.

Palestinians in talks ultimatum as Kerry meets Netanyahu

The Palestinians on Monday gave Washington's top diplomat just 24 hours to resolve a major crisis with Israel over prisoners as he flew in to salvage the crisis-hit peace talks. After landing at Tel Aviv airport at 1600 GMT, US Secretary of State John Kerry headed straight to Jerusalem for a two-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But a late-night meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was cancelled, sources on both sides said, without giving a reason.

Kerry returns to Middle East to push flailing peace talks

By Lesley Wroughton and Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rushed back to the Middle East on Monday to try to salvage stalled peace talks, possibly by releasing an Israeli spy jailed in the United States to push Israel to free Palestinian prisoners. Requesting anonymity, a U.S. official said the release of Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in the United States for spying for Israel, was "on the table" as a possible element in a Middle East peace deal as an incentive to Israel.

Palestinians give Kerry 24 hours to solve prisoner crisis

The Palestinians on Monday gave US Secretary of State John Kerry 24 hours to resolve a dispute with Israel over prisoners after which they will resume moves to seek international recognition. "If we don't get an answer from John Kerry on the prisoners tonight, we'll begin to ask for membership in all UN agencies tomorrow," Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghuti told AFP following a top-level leadership meeting in Ramallah which took place as Kerry arrived in Israel.

Kerry meets Netanyahu, Abbas over peace talks crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry was holding late-night talks with the leadership in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday on his latest mission to salvage the crisis-hit peace process. He flew in from Paris for what was expected to be little more than a 15-hour visit to push both sides to resolve a lingering dispute over Palestinian prisoners which is threatening to derail the negotiations ahead of an April 29 deadline.

Kerry meets Netanyahu, Abbas over peace talks crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry was holding late-night talks with the leadership in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday on his latest mission to salvage the crisis-hit peace process. He flew in from Paris for what was expected to be little more than a 15-hour visit to push both sides to resolve a lingering dispute over Palestinian prisoners which is threatening to derail the negotiations ahead of an April 29 deadline.

Killed Palestine envoy held explosive in hand: Prague police

The Palestinian ambassador to Prague who died in a blast at his residence on New Year's Day was holding the explosive in his hand when it went off, a police spokeswoman told AFP on Monday. "An experimental blast carried out by experts confirms this theory," Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said, denying earlier reports that the blast was caused by a booby-trapped safe. Jamal al-Jamal, 56, died in hospital on January 1, only three months after taking up his post, following an explosion that occurred soon after he opened a safe.

Israel hands Palestinians proposal to extend peace talks

Israel on Sunday handed the Palestinians a proposal they hope will lead to an extension of their peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, as efforts to salvage the negotiations came to a head. The fate of the US-brokered peace process could be decided within days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier, warning that "either the matter will be resolved or it will blow up."

Israel hands Palestinians proposal to extend peace talks

Israel on Sunday handed the Palestinians a proposal they hope will lead to an extension of their peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, as efforts to salvage the negotiations came to a head. The fate of the US-brokered peace process could be decided within days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier, warning that "either the matter will be resolved or it will blow up."

Fate of Israel-Palestinian talks to be clear within days

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday it would be clear within "days" whether the crisis-hit peace talks would be extended beyond an April 29 deadline. His remarks come as US officials work around the clock to prevent a collapse of the negotiations over a dispute about Palestinian prisoners. "It could be a matter of just days," Netanyahu told ministers from his rightwing Likud party who met just before the weekly cabinet meeting.
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