Kerry warns Abbas against inciting violence

US Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to the Middle East to try to calm tempersUS Secretary of State John Kerry warned Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas not to incite violence against Israelis, amid mounting unrest in Jerusalem. Since the recent spate of violence began the United States has repeatedly urged both sides to show restraint, but Kerry’s remarks were the first aimed explicitly at Abbas. “There’s no excuse for the violence,” Kerry told NPR News, which released extracts of a radio interview due to air on Friday as the US diplomatic chief flies to Europe.

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