Kerry phones Netanyahu, Abbas after Israel nixes prisoner release

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by telephone on Thursday night with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as peace talks reached a new stumbling block. 
Kerry called the leaders following Israel's announcement earlier in the day that it had called off an expected release of a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners due to the Palestinian decision to apply for admission to 15 international treaties and conventions.
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