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US drops Israel settlement freeze

The US has abandoned efforts to persuade Israel to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank, in order to revive Middle East peace talks.

Direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinans have been on hold since a partial freeze on construction expired at the end of September.

Steve Kingstone reports from Washington.

  • 08 Dec 2010