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Israelis, Palestinians to hold separate talks with US envoy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to meet separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. Indyk was due to hold talks with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in the West Bank city of Jericho from 0800 GMT, the source said, but he had no details of the US-Israeli meeting and Israeli officials did not respond to requests for information. Thursday's talks, in a Jerusalem hotel, were "very difficult", the source said. "The gap...is still wide."

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. The two sides will meet despite Israeli anger at the killing of an off-duty Israeli policeman in the occupied West Bank on Monday on the eve of the Passover Jewish holiday. The policeman's wife and a child were wounded.

Probe into Arafat death not over: Palestinian envoy

The Palestinian authorities will press on with a probe into the death of Yasser Arafat after Russian experts ruled out the possibility he was poisoned, a Palestinian envoy said Thursday. "I can only say that there is already a decision to continue (the investigation)," Faed Mustafa, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia, told the state RIA Novosti news agency. "We respect their position, we highly value their work but there is a decision to continue work."

Israel-Palestinian talks may need extra year

Efforts to reach an Israel-Palestinian peace deal may need to be extended for another year, if parties agree on key issues by the time the current round of talks wraps up in April, the chief Palestinian negotiator said. US Secretary of State John Kerry launched nine months of direct talks between the sides in July after a three-year stalemate, and has insisted he is aiming for a full deal and not an interim agreement by April 29. However, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the process was likely to be a lot slower.

Arafat widow to challenge French forensic probe

The widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pledged Friday to challenge a French inquiry which found his death to have been from natural causes, rather than poison as Palestinians suspect. "A request for further expert opinion will be submitted in the next few days to investigating judges in (the Paris suburb of) Nanterre," Suha Arafat's French lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur told AFP.

Widow widow says convinced his death not natural

The widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Wednesday she was still convinced he was poisoned, after French experts ruled out the theory that he had been assassinated. "I'm still completely convinced that the martyr Arafat did not die a natural death, and I will keep trying to get to the truth," she told AFP. na-jad/srm

Arafat widow says convinced his death not natural

The widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Wednesday she was still convinced he was poisoned, after French experts ruled out the theory that he had been assassinated. "I'm still completely convinced that the martyr Arafat did not die a natural death, and I will keep trying to get to the truth," Suha Arafat told AFP. "I'm shocked by (the results of) the French medical report, which I only received four pages of to look at," she said.

Arafat widow says convinced his death not natural

The widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Wednesday she was still convinced he was poisoned, after French experts ruled out the theory that he had been assassinated. "I'm still completely convinced that the martyr Arafat did not die a natural death, and I will keep trying to get to the truth," she told AFP. na-jad/srm

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Arafat's widow 'shattered' by experts' disagreement on death

Yasser Arafat's widow said Tuesday she was "shattered" by contradictory findings by French and Swiss experts over the cause of the former Palestinian leader's death. "I am so shattered by these contradictions. What are we supposed to think?" said Suha Arafat after French experts ruled out a theory her husband had been poisoned. She added that she did not blame anyone for his death. sde/at/fb/cc
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