Obama Urges Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

China's newly elected President Xi Jinping has chosen to visit key ally Russia for his first foreign trip, with both leaders expected to be alert to economic opportunities.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians finally topped the agenda on the second day of US president Barack Obama's visit to the region, as he urged both sides to resume negotiations but also pushed the Palestinians to drop a longstanding demand that Israel halt illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.
Obama delivered two different messages, in tone and substance, to his two audiences on Thursday.
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