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NEW YORK (AP) — When red-suited revelers throng the city's streets and taverns under the banner of SantaCon, some see an outpouring of holiday spirit, not to mention spirits. But to others, it's the blight before Christmas.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet Friday morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his latest attempt at promoting elusive Israeli-Palestinians peace talks. The two were to meet in a city-centre hotel at 0630 GMT, after the US envoy held more than two hours of talks Thursday evening with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. A Palestinian source said on Friday Abbas rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along its strategic border with Jordan. It is Kerry's ninth trip to Israel and the West Bank since March, and his second in less than a week.