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Final push begins to head off Palestinian crisis

By Arshad Mohammed and Patrick Worsnip NEW YORK (Reuters) – A last-ditch international push began in New York on Sunday to try to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and avert a crisis over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. Officials met two days after President Mahmoud Abbas said he would demand…

Fayyad claims ‘birth certificate’ for Palestinian statehood

BRUSSELS — Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday that UN endorsement of his administration’s readiness to govern amounted to “a birth certificate” for statehood. Fayyad made the claim after the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process said in a report that the Palestinian Authority (PA)…

Ex-Clinton strategist: Obama needs event ‘similar’ to OKC to ‘reconnect’ with voters

Talk about a bad analogy: Appearing on television recently, former Hillary Clinton campaign adviser and current public relations executive Mark Penn suggested that President Obama needs a moment “similar” to the tragic terrorist attack on the Oklahoma City federal building, in order to “reconnect” with voters. He didn’t even seem…

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