The tender offers will start fromAugust, the Nikkei newspaper said. Japan. JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States launched a fresh drive on Sunday to restart Middle East peace talks, sending senior officials to the region to deal with issues ranging from Jewish settlements to Iran's nuclear ambitions. World | TurkeyThe visits by Middle East envoy George Mitchell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Jim Jones were a strong signal from U.S. and of course, we bear in mind our vital interest but we understand there are needs of other partners as well," Barak said after meeting Mitchell.The envoy was to see Abbas on Monday and Netanyahu on Tuesday.Gates also plans talks in Israel. He was due to meet Netanyahu and Barak on Monday to discuss missile defense, Iran's nuclear ambitions and bilateral security issues, a senior U.S.
Palestinians say they fear settlements, deemed illegal by the World Court, could deny them a viable and contiguous state.In Damascus, Mitchell said restarting talks between Israel and Syria was a "near-term goal" for Washington. He also called for Assad's support for a broad peace effort in the region.Indirect talks between Syria and Israel, which were being mediated by Turkey, were suspended during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in December.Turkey said this month it was ready to resume mediation of those talks. Syria has been seeking the return of the Golan Heights, territory that Israel captured in a 1967 war.Syria remains under U.S. sanctions but Obama has decided to return a ambassador to Syria. Washington withdrew its envoy in 2005 to protest against the assassination in Beirut of Rafik al-Hariri, a Lebanese parliamentarian and former prime minister.(Additional reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis in Damascus)(For FACTBOX on Jewish settlements, click on [nLQ641147], for blogs and links on Israeli politics and other Israeli and Palestinian news, go to blogs.reuters /axismundi) World Turkey. OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - American Jason Dufner led the Canadian Open leaderboard at the end of play Sunday but could not collect his maiden PGA Tour win as the weather-battered tournament was forced into a Monday finish. SportsAfter three days of torrential rain, thunderstorms and lightning, officials had hoped they might dodge the miserable weather long enough to pack in 36 holes and crown the tournament's 100th champion.But shortly after third-round play began ferocious storms again rumbled across Glen Abbey forcing another lengthy six-hour delay before play was finally suspended, guaranteeing the $5.1 million event would need at least one more day to decide a winner.The last time an entire final round of a PGA Tour event went over to Monday was the 2005 Bellsouth Classic and with more stormy weather forecast the prospects of the tournament extending into Tuesday was also on the table.(Editing by Ed Osmond) Sports.
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