JERUSALEM - US Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours on Tuesday in an effort salvage stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

Kerry broke into his travel schedule on Monday for a flying visit to Jerusalem and is expected to head back to Europe again after his early morning discussions with Netanyahu.

There was no immediate word of any breakthrough and a Palestinian official said Kerry might return to the region once more late Wednesday to see Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The negotiations appeared on the brink of collapse at the weekend, when Israel failed to press ahead with a promised release of several dozen Palestinian prisoners.


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