Mideast peace talks in turmoil

An Israeli moratorium on new construction in its West Bank settlements quietly expired Monday, throwing fledgling peace talks into turmoil.

Israeli activists of the 'Peace Now' movement wave Israeli flags as they stand next to placards, calling for the continuation of the construction slowdown in the West Bank settlements, during a protest outside Israel's Prime Ministerial residence, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2009. With a midnight deadline looming, Israel's prime minister on Sunday called on West Bank settlers to "show restraint" after the end of a government-ordered construction slowdown, attempting to lower tensions with the Palestinians and prevent a breakdown in newly relaunched Mideast talks. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli activists of the 'Peace Now' movement wave Israeli flags as they stand next to placards, calling for the continuation of the construction slowdown in the West Bank settlements, during a protest outside Israel's Prime Ministerial residence, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2009. With a midnight deadline looming, Israel's prime minister on Sunday called on West Bank settlers to "show restraint" after the end of a government-ordered construction slowdown, attempting to lower tensions with the Palestinians and prevent a breakdown in newly relaunched Mideast talks. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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