**Russian PM Medvedev in Crimea to Talk About Its 'Development' **
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is in Crimea - the most senior Russian to visit the region since Russia seized it from Ukraine earlier this month.
Mr. Medvedev says he is leading a delegation of Russian officials for a meeting on what he calls the "development" of the peninsula.
The prime minister says Russia will create a special economic zone in Crimea, offering incentives for business with lower taxes and simpler rules. Mr. Medvedev also promised to boost salaries and pensions in Crimea.
His meeting Monday comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Russia pull back thousands of its troops massed along the eastern and southern Ukrainian border.
Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris Sunday that the troops are creating a "climate of fear" in Ukraine and that their presence does nothing for diplomacy.
**Kerry in Israel in Push to Keep Peace Talks Going**
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel Monday in a new effort to try to prevent the collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians.
Kerry is on his second trip to the region in less than a week. Last week, he was in Jordan for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
This time, the top U.S. diplomat plans to meet separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and again with the Palestinian leader.