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US Middle East peace envoy quits

US Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian talks, but the State Department said yesterday he would remain involved in the peace effort. Indyk's departure had been widely

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Pope invites Mideast leaders to pray for peace at Vatican

Pope Francis on Sunday invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace a month after US-backed talks aimed at ending the Middle East conflict collapsed. "In this, the birthplace of the

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Obama presses Abbas to help break stalemate

President Barack Obama pressed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to help break the stalemate in US-brokered peace talks with Israel, saying leaders on both sides must take political risks before an April deadline. In White House

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Hope as Syria peace efforts make headway

The two Syrian delegations at peace talks in Geneva have agreed to use the "Geneva communique", a document agreed by international powers in June 2012, as the basis for peace talks, an opposition spokesman Louay al-Safi said, in an app

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Syria peace conference opens in Switzerland

Syria's government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as a peace conference began in Switzerland which world powers hope can at least start a process to end three years of civil war. There was im

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Syrian opposition to take part in Geneva talks

The Western-backed Syrian opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva, the Syrian National Coalition said in a statement early on Monday. The statement, translated from Arabic, outlined conditions that

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Syria peace conference should be held soon: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for a peace conference on Syria "very soon" but said peace would not be possible without a transition government to replace President Bashar Al-Assad. "We believe it

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Israel names 26 Palestinians to be freed

Israel on Monday named 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed this week under a deal enabling US-backed peace talks to resume, although Palestinians said these had been undermined by newly announced plans to expand Israeli settlements.

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Indyk likely to be named new US MidEast envoy

Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel who heads foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution think tank, is expected to be named the new US envoy for Middle East peace, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Thousands in Bahrain sign petition for peace

Diplomats and top officials have joined thousands of people in Bahrain in signing a petition which aims to show the majority of citizens and residents are against street violence, a report said. The Bahrain Federation of Expatriat

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