Mideast crisis looms over Israeli settlements
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Just days after Mideast peace talks began in Washington, the first major crisis is already looming: Israel hinted Sunday it will ease restrictions on building in West Bank settlements, while the Palestinian president warned he'll quit the talks if Israel resumes construction.
Israel's FM says no extending settlement slowdown
JERUSALEM - Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday that it would be unacceptable to extend a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction, even as Mideast peace talks get under way next week.
Abbas says Israel must accept foreign border force
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he'll resume direct peace talks if Israel accepts its 1967 frontier as a baseline for the borders of a Palestinian state and agrees to the deployment of an international force to guard them.
EU foreign policy chief seeks open Gaza borders
RAMALLAH, West Bank - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Gaza's borders must open to enable the territory's battered economy to recover.
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