TEL AVIV, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Israel and the Palestinians were still on schedule to reach a full Middle East peace deal by the end of April, and both sides were committed to the talks.
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ROME - The election of Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi as the new leader of Italy's center-left Democratic Party (PD), the biggest in the ruling coalition, has boosted support for the bloc by six percentage points nationally, a poll showed on Friday.
BEIRUT - Islamist rebels linked to al Qaeda kidnapped at least 120 Kurdish civilians on Friday from a village near the Turkish border in Aleppo province, a monitoring group said.
MADRID - Spain's government proposed a law on Friday to control more tightly the financial activities of political parties, after corruption scandals in recent years involving both left and right.