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Israelis, Palestinians try to salvage peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to meet again on Monday in a new effort to salvage the teetering US-brokered peace talks, US and Palestinian officials said. The meeting came as US Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled to rescue negotiations he kick-started in July, and a week after a fresh impasse saw both sides renege on commitments they made nine months ago.

Clashes in Palestinian camp in south Lebanon kill 5

Five Palestinians were killed on Monday in clashes between two armed groups in the Palestinian Mieh Mieh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a medical source told AFP. "Five dead and more than 20 injured were brought to hospital after clashes between armed groups," the source in the Palestinian Red Crescent hospital in the southern city of Sidon said. Both Mieh Mieh and Ein al-Helweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, are in Sidon.

Israelis, Palestinians try to salvage talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to meet again on Monday in a fresh effort to salvage the teetering, US-brokered peace process, US and Palestinian officials said. "Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met last night to discuss ways to overcome the crisis in the talks," a US official said. "The meeting was serious and constructive, and both sides requested that the United States convene another meeting today (Monday) to continue the effort."

Israelis, Palestinians try to salvage peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to meet again on Monday in a fresh effort to salvage the teetering US-brokered peace talks, US and Palestinian officials said. The meeting came as US Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled to rescue negotiations he kick-started in July, and a week after a fresh impasse saw both sides renege on commitments they made nine months ago.

No Mideast peace breakthrough as talks end

Talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators brokered by US envoy Martin Indyk ended without a breakthrough Sunday, Palestinian sources told AFP. "The crisis continues. During the whole meeting, the Israelis threatened the Palestinians and no solution to the crisis was found," a Palestinian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. na-dar-agr/arp

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened the Palestinians with unilateral reprisals on Sunday, as the two sides met for last-ditch talks with a US envoy on salvaging the peace process. Israel will retaliate if the Palestinians go ahead with applications to adhere to 15 international treaties, the rightwing premier said. "These will only make a peace agreement more distant," he said of the applications which the Palestinians submitted last Tuesday.

Israel threatens unilateral measures against Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Israel would take unilateral measures against the Palestinians if they go ahead with applications to adhere to international treaties. "These will only make a peace agreement more distant," he said of the applications the Palestinians made on Tuesday to adhere to 15 treaties. "Any unilateral moves they take will be answered by unilateral moves at our end."

Homeless but defiant, Bedouin to stay in Jordan Valley

Two weeks after their fragile tin shacks were destroyed by Israeli bulldozers, Atiya Bani Minna and his family are still sleeping under the stars, struggling to resume some semblance of normal life. For this 50-year-old Bedouin shepherd, it is the third time that he and his extended family have had their homes levelled as the Israeli army steps up the pace of demolitions in the Jordan Valley. Sleeping in the open, says Minna, has become "normal". "We have become used to it, it's not a problem to sleep in the open."

Israel's Livni calls for direct talks with Palestinians

Israel's chief negotiator called on Saturday for direct talks with the Palestinians, as attempts continue to prevent the collapse of peace negotiations. Tzipi Livni's remarks came on the eve of a three-way meeting with her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erakat and US envoy Martin Indyk, officials close to the talks said. Indyk met the two separately on Friday. The developments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there were "limits" to the time and energy Washington could devote to the process, adding it was time for a "reality check."

Israel, Palestinians, US meet to avoid talks collapse

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet jointly Sunday with US envoy Martin Indyk, as attempts continue to prevent the collapse of peace negotiations, officials close to the talks said. The first three-way meeting since Wednesday comes as Washington reviews its push for a peace deal after a spiral of tit-for-tat moves by Israel and the Palestinians took hard-won negotiations close to collapse. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday there were "limits" to the time and energy Washington could devote to the process, adding it was time for a "reality check."
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