U.S.-set Middle East peace talks deadline expires

Apr 29, 2014, 1:49 AM EDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a joint press conference with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.
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A U.S. deadline for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has ended without an agreement being reached. Direct talks had resumed in July after a three-year hiatus but quickly became strained. The latest round was halted last week after the main Palestinian factions announced a political pact. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who brokered the talks, has meanwhile issued a statement denying he called Israel "an apartheid state".
Background:
Middle East peace deadline expires [BBC]
Israel appears to raise new peace talks issue with U.S. [NYT]