**Blasts Outside Communist Party Office in Shanxi Kills 1 Wound 8**
Chinese state media say a series of small explosions went off early Wednesday outside the Shanxi Provincial Committee office in Taiyuan, killing one person and injured eight others.
The official Xinhua news agency says ball bearings and nails were found scattered at the scene, leading Xinhua to report the blasts were caused by "self-made bombs." Such materials are often used to help maximize damage to passersby.
One witness told Xinhua he was waiting on a traffic light in front the building when saw a minivan explode. Others reported hearing as many as seven blasts. Pictures on social media showed multiple vehicles with minor damage, such as windows blown out.
Police have sealed off the area. There is no word on motive.
The incident comes just over a week after a deadly car crash and explosion in Tiananmen Square that Beijing has blamed on Muslim separatists.
** Netanyahu Hopes Kerry Can Steer Talks Toward Peace**
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants peace with the Palestinians, and hopes visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry can return negotiations to a place where a "historical" agreement can be achieved.
Mr. Netanyahu and Kerry opened a meeting Wednesday in Jerusalem. The Israeli leader voiced reservations about the three-month-old peace talks.
Kerry, who is also meeting Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said there are always "difficulties" and "tensions" within negotiations, but that he is confident the parties can work through them. He said both the Israelis and Palestinians need to make compromises and hard decisions to achieve their goal.
He also addressed Mr. Netanyahu's concern that world powers may negotiate an agreement with Iran that would decrease sanctions in return for anything less than the full dismantling of its nuclear enrichment capability.
The United States and its Western allies suspect Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charge, saying its nuclear program is designed for peaceful purposes.