Israel and Palestine agree direct peace negotiations

The prospect of a long-term peace agreement between Israel and Palestine inched closer tonight, as the US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that both sides have agreed to establish a basis for direct negotiations.

Kerry announced that he expected to be joined by Israeli and Palestinian officials in Washington for the initial talks, in a matter of weeks.

Read: Israel and Palestinians lay foundations for peace talks

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Israel approves 1000 new settlements

The Israeli Government has approved up to 1000 new settlements three days before peace talks with the Palestinians resume in Jerusalem.