U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels April 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool)
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Israel and the Palestinians announced moves Tuesday that could scuttle peace talks, prompting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a second visit in as many days aimed at saving them.Earlier in the day, Kerry had wrapped up a lightning visit to Israel, planning to return to the region Wednesday in hopes of convincing the Palestinians to extend the faltering talks beyond their April 29 deadline. Shortly afterward, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a request to join several U.N. agencies, abandoning pledges to refrain from doing so during the months of talks that Kerry kick-started in July.Kerry had met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for two hours late Monday before meeting Palestinian negotiators.
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