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War & Conflict Breaking News: Israeli and Palestinian Talks to Start in Washington

Wochit 1:12 mins

The Israeli and Palestinian delegates sitting down for preliminary peace talks in Washington are veterans of on-and-off negotiations that began more than two decades ago. The chief Palestinian negotiator has joked that he has spent more time with an Israeli negotiator than with his own wife. Such familiarity could be seen as a blessing or a curse, assuring a smooth return to talks or blocking creativity. In Iraq, more than a dozen car bombs ripped through marketplaces, parking lots and rush-hour crowds, killing at least 55 people and pushing the country's death toll for the month of July toward the 700 mark. Egyptian police detained two leaders of a Muslim Brotherhood-allied party in the latest in a wave of arrests of prominent Islamists following President Mohammed Morsi's ouster, while Europe's top diplomat held talks with the rival sides to try to mediate an end to the country's increasingly bloody crisis.

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