Tensions Rise as Mideast Talks Begin

Rising tensions in the Mideast cast a shadow over the start of the first direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in nearly two years Wednesday, and leaders at the Washington summit vowed to press on with negotiations. A day after gunmen from the militant Islamist group Hamas killed four Jewish settlers in the West Bank, Palestinian security services detained dozens of alleged Hamas members, and thousands of settlers turned out for emotional funerals.

In Washington, President Barack Obama, speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, warned militant groups that the U.S. and its allies were undeterred.

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