Kerry pushes effort to restart peace talks

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the third time in three days, trying to press the restart button on talks between Israel and the Palestinians to end their long-running conflict.

Sunday is the fourth day of Mideast shuttle diplomacy for Kerry.

He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his advisers until after 3 a.m. Sunday in a hotel suite in Jerusalem.

There is deep skepticism that Kerry can get the two sides to agree on a two-state solution. It's something that's eluded presidents and diplomats for years. But the flurry of meetings has heightened expectations the two sides can be persuaded to restart talks, which broke down in 2008.

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