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Direct Mideast talks collapse as US freeze bid fails (AFP) PDF Print E-mail

A masked Palestinian hurls a stone at Israeli border police during clashes in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya on December 3. Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appear to have collapsed after Washington admitted its attempts to secure a fresh ban on Jewish settlement building had failed.(AFP/File/Ahmad Gharabli)AFP - Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appeared to have collapsed on Wednesday after Washington admitted its attempts to secure a fresh ban on Jewish settlement building had failed.


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Obama administration gives up on settlement freeze (AP) PDF Print E-mail

Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah parliamentary bloc Mohamed Raad speaks during a news conference in Beirut, speaking about what he said was the politicizing of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) December 8, 2010. The tribunal was established in 2007 to prosecute, under Lebanese law, criminal acts relating to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in Lebanon in 2005. Draft indictments, expected to be presented to a U.N.-backed court this month, could prompt confrontation between the Shi'ite Hezbollah, which denies involvement in Hariri's killing, and allies of Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri -- Rafik's son. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)AP - From the start of his term, President Barack Obama was determined to defy the cynics and doubters and push for peace in the Middle East.


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US admits failure on Israel settlements freeze (AFP) PDF Print E-mail

Israeli troops fire tear gas at Palestinian stone throwers during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land to expand the Jewish settlement of Halamish. Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appeared to have collapsed Wednesday after Washington admitted its attempts to secure a fresh ban on Jewish settlement building had failed.(AFP/File/Abbas Momani)AFP - The United States suspended its demand for Israel to renew a freeze on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, throwing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks into deeper disarray.


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U.S. drops push for Israel settlement freeze (Reuters) PDF Print E-mail

Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah parliamentary bloc Mohamed Raad speaks during a news conference in Beirut, speaking about what he said was the politicizing of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) December 8, 2010. The tribunal was established in 2007 to prosecute, under Lebanese law, criminal acts relating to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in Lebanon in 2005. Draft indictments, expected to be presented to a U.N.-backed court this month, could prompt confrontation between the Shi'ite Hezbollah, which denies involvement in Hariri's killing, and allies of Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri -- Rafik's son. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)Reuters - The United States on Tuesday abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


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U.S. mulls reviving indirect Middle East peace talks (Reuters) PDF Print E-mail
Reuters - The United States is weighing a return to indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following its failure to revive direct negotiations because of disagreements over Israeli settlement construction, two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Tuesday.
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