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France Calls for Halt to Israeli Settlement Construction

French President Francois Hollande is calling on Israel to stop building settlements in occupied territory, saying the construction complicates ongoing negotiations with the Palestinians. Hollande said Monday at a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah that the settlements make it difficult for the two sides to achieve a two-state solution. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators began a fresh round of peace talks in July, committing to carry out the...

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