Mideast talks restart after three years


Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct talks for the first time in three years on Monday, with the United States urging negotiators to make tough compromises to reach a peace deal.

Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erakat, sat side by side opposite U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to share a traditional Muslim iftar meal.

Kerry first met with the teams separately. He will host a three-way meeting on Tuesday before making a statement to reporters.