A life-threatening situation will continue today from Upper Midwest to the southern Plains as tornadic-thunderstorms re-organize. The tornado threat area extends from central Wisconsin to central Iowa.
Powerful winds and daytime heating will help fuel severe thunderstorms, and storms that produced multiple tornadoes on Saturday will re-ignite later today. Some of the tornadoes could be very strong and remain on the ground for miles.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will seek direct talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas when he has face-to-face meeting with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad on Tuesday, April 17. It will be the first top-level meeting between leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah since talks hit a dead end over two years ago.
According to his office, Netanyahu will propose "raising the level of talks" and holding face-to-face negotiations with Abbas. Netanyahu and Abbas are also preparing letters for each other, outlining their conditions for talks.
EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton with Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili
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Iran and six world powers discussed Tehran’s controversial nuclear program for the first time in over a year on Saturday in Istanbul. Western diplomats called the talks a constructive development given their low expectations, and Iran agreed to meet again next month in Baghdad on May 23, 2012.
Iran turned down a request by the US for a rare bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the nuclear talks in Istanbul on Saturday, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. There was no comment from US diplomats, whose country has not had direct ties with Tehran for more than three decades.
In response to the nuclear talks, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, "my initial impression is that Iran has been given a freebie. It’s got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation, any inhibition."