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Palestinians say ready for direct talks with Israel

A Palestinian Authority text sent to the international peacemaking Quartet and seen Monday by AFP, says the Palestinians are 'ready to resume direct bilateral negotiations where they stopped,' in 2014.

Top Democrats ask US spy chiefs for briefing on Russia bounty reports

The New York Times report, which has been confirmed by several American and British media outlets, said that US intelligence concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan.