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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry F. Rosenthal, an Associated Press writer who covered America's golden age of space exploration, presidents back to Harry Truman and whatever caught his impish eye in the stuffy halls of power, has died. He was 86.
Perth (Australia) (AFP) - Steve Smith and Brad Haddin led an Australian fightback after England found early success on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground on Friday. Australia's top order again found itself in trouble as the home side slumped to 143-5, before Smith and Haddin steadied the ship. At tea, Australia were 220-5, with Smith on 58 and the in-form Haddin on 35, as the pair put on 77 runs for the sixth wicket. Australia lead the five-Test series 2-0 after big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide, and can secure the Ashes with victory in Perth.