Hillary Clinton announces Middle East peace talks

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations for the first time in 20 months, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington on 2 September to start the talks.

Speaking at a briefing in Washington, Mrs Clinton said enemies of peace would try to derail the talks, but she urged parties involved to persevere.

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