Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting of the Fatah revolutionary council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 10, 2014.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the U.S. had yet to present a framework for a Middle East peace deal, as a deadline ending nine months of negotiations loomed.Israel and the Palestinians have been locked in talks that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fought hard to kick-start in July after a three-year hiatus, but the negotiations have faltered over key issues.The negotiations are set to end on April 29, by which date Kerry hopes to have put a framework agreement in place so the two sides can extend their negotiations to work toward a final peace deal.
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