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It is with a pledge of “full and active support” from the US, that the Israeli and Palestinian leaders have begun their first direct talks in nearly two years. (more…)

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that several Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank would always remain part of Israel. His comment upset the Palestinians and undermines US efforts to restart talks aimed at eventually establishing a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu’s remarks came hours after the visit of US envoy George Mitchell who is on a mission to restart negotiations between Israel and Palestinians that have been stalled for over a year. (more…)

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After marathon talks Thabo Mbeki (photo), the South African president, left Zimbabwe, where he failed to secure a power-sharing deal between the country’s main rivals. Mr Mbeki added that he had doubts about an agreement to be reach. (more…)

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Thabo Mbeki (photo, from dailymail.co.uk), South African president, who has been mediating for more than a week between his Zimbabwean counterpart and Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition’s leader, is going to Harare, in order to hold talks with both sides.

A power-sharing deal may be close, suggest reports, despite a news blackout imposed on the discussions. (more…)

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In a move seen as a goodwill gesture to bolster Mahmoud Abbas (photo, from nouvelobs.com), the Fatah Palestinian leader, more than 120 Palestinian prisoners will be freed, has pledged Ehud Olmert, Israeli prime minister. (more…)

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Morgan Tsvangirai (photo, from thesun.co.uk), Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, said he hopes that after power-sharing talks, president Mugabe will make an “honourable exit”. In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4, he added that Mr Mugabe was in denial about violence in Zimbabwe. (more…)

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The failure of the marathon talks in Geneva has been confirmed by Pascal Lamy, the head of the World Trade Organisation. Their aim was to liberalise global trade, and China, India and the US have been blamed for the talks’ collapse, as they failed to agree on import rules. (more…)

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