World Bulletin/News Desk
Hamas, the movement ruling the Gaza Strip, slammed on Monday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of rival Fatah, for agreeing to return to the negotiating table with Israel.
Restarting direct negotiations with Israel under US sponsorship is "a unilateral, outlying step that doesn't express the Palestinian people's stance," Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told Anadolu Agency.
He insisted that the negotiations "have great dangers on the Palestinian cause and they only benefit Israel."
Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams will meet Monday and Tuesday in Washington for the first time since the negotiations broke down in 2010.
The meeting was the result of six Middle East trips and shuttle diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Palestinians are going to Washington without a clear Israeli commitment to freeze the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as a future capital.
Instead, Israel would be applying partial moratorium on construction in certain settlements that don’t include expansion of major settlement blocs in the West Bank.
Israel would also release 104 Palestinian prisoners who have been in jail since before the 1993 Oslo peace deal between the two sides, but their release would be subject to progress made on the final-status negotiations.
Palestinians have said they will have no choice but to complain about Israel to the International Criminal Court if it proceeds with controversial settlement plans.
Japanese PM called King Abdullah II of Jordan and expressed appreciation for his efforts.
Rockets fired at village near Timbuktu, one killed. Follows suicide attack in town of Tabankort.
The Israeli army also arrested 60 Palestinians from East Jerusalem, 42 from Ramallah and al-Bireh, 38 from Jenin, 35 from Nablus, 19 from Qalqilya and 19 from Bethlehem.
Hopes of de-escalation evaporated on Saturday with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys accusing the other of sabotaging negotiations.
Protesters also demanded the release of Yemeni prisoners in Saudi prisons.
Anan Abu Saleh, 19, has been detained at a checkpoint near Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque Complex.
Six Bulgarian U.N. aid workers who were detained by rebels in Sudan's strife-torn South Kordofan region have been released, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said Sunday
Up to 13,000 march for greater democracy in first protest since last year's Umbrella Movement
Sixty-two percent favoured Greece staying in the 19-country currency union.
Jordan's security and military agencies were making constant checks to see whether the pilot, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, was still alive
All eyes on PM's keynote speech on Monday
An online video released Saturday purports to show the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto.