Israel to Release Palestinian Prisoners

As part of John Kerry's efforts to restart peace talks in the Mideast, Israel will release several "hardcore" Palestinian prisoners, an Israeli official announced on Saturday. In Israeli terms, "hardcore" refers to prisoners associated with deadly attacks. The peace talks—a revival of the ones that fell apart in 2008—will officially begin in the next week, after a meeting between the two sides in Washington. The prisoners, whose crimes range from rock throwing to bombings, are considered heroes in Palestine.