Middle East

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s talks with Middle East leaders failed to break a deadlock over construction in West Bank settlements, Reuters reports. Before her talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Clinton expressed hoped that Israel would agree to extend its partial construction moratorium beyond its Sept. 30 original deadline, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was firm on allowing the ban to expire. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has earlier clarified that he would walk out of peace talks if the ban is not extended.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.