Friday, June 22, 2018

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet in Jordan, agree to continue talks

AMMAN, Jordan — The first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators in more than a year ended without any significant breakthroughs Tuesday, but in a small sign of progress, the sides agreed to continue the dialogue, officials said.

Resumption of any kind of contacts would be an achievement, though Israel and the Palestinians remain far from agreement on key issues to resolve their decades-long conflict.

The 15-month breakdown in negotiations has seen a progressive souring of the atmosphere, and earlier Tuesday, the Palestinian president had warned of taking tough measures against Israel if talks don't resume by Jan. 26.

Jordan's foreign minister, Nasser Judeh, who hosted Tuesday's gathering in the Jordanian capital, Amman, expressed some hope. "The important thing is the two sides have met face to face today," he said.

While acknowledging there were no breakthroughs in "substance," he praised the positive atmosphere and said the sides had agreed to hold further talks, some in secret.

The announcement drew praise. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon encouraged the parties "to build on this meeting and to continue working to establish forward momentum toward a lasting peace."

White House spokesman Jay Carney welcomed the "positive development." He said President Barack Obama would work with leaders in the region and do "everything he can to bring them together at the table."

The last round of peace talks broke down in September 2010 over the issue of construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War. The Palestinians demand a halt to settlement construction and say they will not resume negotiations while Israel goes on building in the two areas.

Comments
Rick Scott announces potential high-speed rail linking Tampa and Orlando

Rick Scott announces potential high-speed rail linking Tampa and Orlando

State officials are taking bids for a new high-speed rail project between Tampa and Orlando, resuming hopes for a line connecting the two cities, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.Scott said an unnamed company has offered to pay for and...
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

Here’s an intriguing set of facts: Coal produces the same percentage of the world’s electricity as 20 years ago. Oil and gas remain about level, too.Same for nonfossil fuel sources. In other words, the massive push towards renewables over the past co...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

TAMPA — De’Nico Thomas, 14, isn’t a bad kid, police say, but he was the victim of a terrible shooting. The boy had played video games with a friend on Wednesday night and was likely bicycling home, according to police, when someone fired a gun, criti...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

A cancer lurks within Florida’s otherwise rosy job numbers, one that’s been called a quiet catastrophe and an intractable time bomb.Too many men between the ages of 25 and 54 have stopped working.Economists call those the prime-age years. Incomes gen...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

The Lightning has re-signed one of its restricted free agents in backup goalie Louis Domingue, who will be back with Tampa Bay on a two-year deal worth $2.3 million.Domingue, 26, was acquired from Arizona in November after he had posted a 4.33 goals-...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
A new wave: Florida voters will have many more choices on 2018 ballot

A new wave: Florida voters will have many more choices on 2018 ballot

TALLAHASSEE — Florida may or may not see a blue wave this fall, but it's already experiencing a new wave.A flood of new candidates for seats in the state Legislature, many of them Democratic women, met Friday's deadline to get on the ballot and...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Lightning names ex-player Jeff Halpern as new assistant coach

Lightning names ex-player Jeff Halpern as new assistant coach

The Lightning has filled one of the openings on Jon Cooper's coaching staff, announcing Friday  that former Tampa Bay forward Jeff Halpern has been hired as an assistant coach.Halpern, 42, has spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Orange County Democratic Party cancels planned debate; Gillum, King blame Graham, Levine

Orange County Democratic Party cancels planned debate; Gillum, King blame Graham, Levine

The Orange County Democratic Party announced Friday that it won't host a gubernatorial debate Tuesday, June 26. Andrew Gillum and Chris King are blaming their opponents, Philip Levine and Gwen Graham.In a release Friday afternoon, the Orang...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Republican incumbents set to defend seats in Hernando County’s state, national races

Republican incumbents set to defend seats in Hernando County’s state, national races

Four high-level Republican incumbents representing Hernando County will face Democratic challengers this year in their runs for reelection. And two of the newcomers are husband and wife.It will be the first time ever that Florida's well-est...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago