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Pakistani Army: New York Times article ‘a direct attack’

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Reports in the New York Times criticizing the Pakistan army and the powerful intelligence agency is a “direct attack” on Pakistan’s security, the army spokesman said on Saturday. Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army’s chief spokesman, repeatedly criticized the Times’ reporting and said it was…

Palestinians going ahead with UN statehood bid

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Sunday that with no renewal of peace talks on the horizon, the Palestinians would pursue their unilateral bid for recognition in September. “I say that if negotiations have failed we will go to the United Nations for membership,” Abbas told…

Obama admits ‘inherent limitations’ of Libya intervention

LONDON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted the “inherent limitations” of NATO’s strategy of using air power but no ground troops in Libya, but said building pressure would still oust Moamer Kadhafi. On the second day of a state visit to Britain, Obama also delivered his strongest…

Abbas’ Palestinian cabinet to resign amid Arab revolutions, sources say

RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinian cabinet will tender resignations Monday after which Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will select new ministers at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas, political sources said. The shake-up, disclosed to Reuters Sunday, was long demanded by Fayyad and some in Abbas’s Fatah faction. It follows…

Secret files expose Palestinian ‘offers’ to Israel

The Palestinians offered Israel major concessions on east Jerusalem and on the issue of refugees in 2008 peace talks, according to leaked documents angrily dismissed as “distortions” on Monday. Details of the proposals emerged late on Sunday when the Al-Jazeera satellite channel began publishing the first of more than 1,600…

Fatah asked Israel to attack Hamas: WikiLeaks

JERUSALEM — Members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party asked Israel to attack rival Palestinian movement Hamas in 2007, diplomatic cables leaked by secrets site WikiLeaks show. The latest batch of cables quote the head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency as telling US officials that “demoralized” Fatah officials…

Abbas issues ultimatum to Israel: Choose between settlements or peace

The United States launched a last gasp effort Saturday to avert the collapse of Middle East talks, but Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Israel had to choose between peace and its settlements. Amid frantic diplomatic efforts to persuade the Palestinians not to leave the new US-organized negotiations, Abbas condemned “the…

Obama presses for Mideast peace in UN address

Obama, in UN address, challenges world to unite in pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace deal Exhorting world leaders to push past years of cynicism and pessimism, President Barack Obama challenged the countries of the United Nations on Thursday to unite around peace efforts that he said could achieve agreement within a year…

Palestinian hints at settlement deal

AP Exclusive: Palestinian leader hints at compromise on settlement standoff with Israel The Palestinian president has left the door open to continuing peace negotiations with Israel even if it resumes settlement construction in the West Bank, offering a glimmer of hope that a compromise will be reached in a key…

Israelis, Palestinians resume direct peace talks

Cautious US relaunches direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after 2 years Seeking to broker a Mideast peace agreement that has eluded U.S. presidents for decades, the Obama administration is overseeing the first direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in nearly two years. After a day and evening in White House…

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