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Israel, Palestinians to hold peace talks with US envoy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to hold a meeting Thursday with US envoy Martin Indyk, in a bid to find a way to extend their faltering peace talks. The meeting had been put off by a day, with Israel implying the delay was due to the killing of an Israeli police officer in the West Bank. But the Palestinians said it was to enable the participation of US envoy Martin Indyk.

Kerry says too early to draw conclusions about Israel-Palestinian talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President John Kerry said on Tuesday it was too early to draw conclusions about the prospects in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying "a lot of possibilities" were in play. Kerry said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to keep his promise to continue negotiating with Israel until the end of the month.

Kerry cancels meeting with Abbas in Ramallah

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called off a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for last-minute talks on extending peace talks with Israel, a senior State Department official said. "We are no longer travelling tomorrow. We are in close touch with the team on the ground," the official said. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Andrew Roche)

Kerry says too early to draw conclusions about Israel-Palestinian talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday it was too early to draw conclusions about the prospects in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying "a lot of possibilities" were in play. Kerry said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to keep his promise to continue negotiating with Israel until the end of the month.

Mideast peace talks at 'pivotal' juncture

Top US diplomat John Kerry urged Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas on Sunday to work hard to narrow huge differences with the Israelis at a "pivotal" time for peace talks. Palestinian and Israeli leaders have been locked in talks the US secretary of state fought hard to launch in July after a three-year hiatus, but as negotiations have faltered, Israel has kicked up more obstacles to a peace deal that would end decades of conflict.

Mideast peace talks at 'pivotal' juncture

Top US diplomat John Kerry urged Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas on Sunday to work hard to narrow huge differences with the Israelis at a "pivotal" time for peace talks. Palestinian and Israeli leaders have been locked in talks the US secretary of state fought hard to launch in July after a three-year hiatus, but as negotiations have faltered, Israel has kicked up more obstacles to a peace deal that would end decades of conflict.

Americas News Agenda for March 17

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Monday: + UN, US react to Crimea referendum + Obama meets with Abbas ahead of peace talks deadline UNITED NATIONS and WASHINGTON: Following UN and US reactions to the referendum vote on whether Crimea should leave Ukraine and join Russia (UKRAINE-RUSSIA-POLITICS-CRISIS-UN-US)

Kerry to hold new talks with Abbas in Paris

US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris on Thursday for their second round of talks in two days. The two men met first late Wednesday, backed by their teams, over a dinner hosted by Abbas at his upscale Parisian hotel. The top US diplomat has spent months trying to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for resolving their conflict, but the negotiations have shown little sign of progress, with each side blaming the other.

Abbas urges pilgrims to visit Holy Land for pope's visit

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged Christian pilgrims from around the world to visit the Holy Land to mark the visit of Pope Francis, set for 2014, in a Christmas message on Monday. The pontiff is to make a brief visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories from May 25, his first to the Holy Land, Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot said last week. "As we begin preparations for the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis next year, we call upon pilgrims from all over the world to come and experience Palestine and our Holy Sites," Abbas said.

Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 5

Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 5 SANAA -- Two suicide car bombers and 12 gunmen stormed Yemeni defense ministry complex in the capital Sanaa on Thursday morning, killing at least 52 people and wounding up to 167 others, the country's supreme security committee said. After the deadly attack, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the building of the Yemeni national security headquarters in the capital Sanaa, which was followed with heavy exchange of gunfire on Thursday night, security sources said. (Yemen-Attack) - - - -
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