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7:27am

Sat July 20, 2013
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Israel Pledges To Release Some Palestinian Detainees

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 6:47 am

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on Friday.
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Israel said Saturday that it's prepared to release a number of Palestinian prisoners following a breakthrough in talks brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Yuval Steiniz, Israel's intelligence and strategic affairs minister, said the release would involve "heavyweight prisoners in jail for decades". He said the prisoners would be freed soon. (Note: the translation used by The Associated Press has it as "hardcore" instead of "heavyweight").

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2:02pm

Fri July 19, 2013
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John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 6:45 am

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday. Shortly afterward, Kerry announced a "basis" for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.
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Nothing ever seems to come easy in the Middle East, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was "a basis" for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which would be the first such talks in several years.

Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, after a series of discussions with Palestinian and Arab leaders.

"We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry said. "This is a significant and welcome step forward."

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6:13am

Fri July 19, 2013
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Trying To Restart Peace Talks, Kerry Will Fly To West Bank

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 6:45 am

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the phone at Mafraq Air Base before boarding a helicopter to Amman on Thursday.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a last-minute trip to the West Bank this morning that's intended to jump-start stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

The trip comes just hours after the Palestinians said they would not return to the negotiating table unless Israel agreed to begin talks using the borders that existed before 1967, when Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

The Associated Press reports:

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12:04pm

Tue July 9, 2013
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Teresa Heinz Kerry's Condition Improves

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:10 pm

Teresa Heinz Kerry and her husband John, the secretary of state, in February.
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"Teresa Heinz Kerry continues to improve and remains in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, while doctors seek the cause of seizure-like symptoms she experienced on Sunday," State Department spokesman Glen Johnson says in a statement sent to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

In the most extensive comments so far about her condition, Johnson also says that:

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6:00am

Thu July 4, 2013
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Egypt Begins Dangerous New Phase As Interim Leader Steps In

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:09 pm

People dance and cheer in Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 4, the day after former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Cairo

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