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Kerry wraps up whirlwind Israel visit, due back Wednesday

Washington's top diplomat met Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday for the second time in 12 hours, as sources said a jailed US-Israeli spy could be key to saving troubled peace talks. US peace efforts are teetering on the brink of collapse after Israel refused to free a group of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners under an agreement that brought the sides back to the negotiating table in July 2013.

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. na-sst-hmw/dv

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.

Kerry heads to Israel as peace talks near collapse

The Palestinians rejected an Israeli proposal for extending negotiations on Monday as Washington's top diplomat was due to fly in on his latest mission to salvage the crisis-hit peace talks. Shortly after US Secretary of State John Kerry took off from Paris for an unscheduled visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, a Palestinian official confirmed that Ramallah had rejected an Israeli offer to extend talks beyond an April 29 deadline.

Kerry, Lavrov discuss ways to de-escalate Ukraine crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said late on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, discussed suggestions for de-escalating the Ukraine crisis during four hours of talks in Paris. Kerry told a news conference that the United States made clear it still considered Russian actions in Crimea to be "illegal and illegitimate."

Kerry urges Russia to pull back forces from Ukraine borders

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called for Russia to pull back its forces from the borders of Ukraine, and said any talks on the country's future must include Kiev's leaders. "We will not accept a path forward where the legitimate government of Ukraine is not at the table. This principle is clear. No decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine," Kerry told reporters.

Kerry meets Lavrov for Paris talks on Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Sunday for talks aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Ukraine. Kerry was welcomed at the Russian ambassador's residence in Paris by Lavrov and the two men posed for a photograph before starting a meeting on a plan to ease the worse East-West standoff since the end of the Cold War. "Thank you everybody," Kerry said, while Lavrov added in English: "Good luck, and good night. " jkb-kat/am/dh

Kerry flying to Paris in hopes of Lavrov talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry made a last-minute change of plans on Saturday to fly to Paris with the aim of setting up talks with his Russian counterpart on the Ukraine crisis. After leaving Riyadh early on Saturday, the top US diplomat had been due to fly home to Washington via a refuelling stop in Ireland, but decided mid-flight to go to Paris instead. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called his US counterpart Barack Obama to say he was interested in discussing a US proposal on the table to resolve the standoff over Ukraine.

Kerry urges Egypt to drop mass trial sentencings

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Egypt Wednesday to overturn a court decision sentencing 529 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death, warning it sent a "negative message" around the world. "I am deeply, deeply troubled by the sudden and unprecedented decision by an Egyptian court to issue preliminary death sentences for 529 citizens after a quick mass trial," Kerry said in a statement, issued while he was on a surprise trip to Jordan. "It simply defies logic," he argued.
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