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Palestinian Pres. defiant as “all hell” breaks out over U.N. plan

(Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas said he is sticking to his plan to seek full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state although “all hell has broken out” over the move opposed by the United States and Israel. Abbas, speaking en route to the U.N. General Assembly in New York,…

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…

Rep. Lehtinen urges Obama to wield U.N. veto against Palestinians

MIAMI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama should say clearly and publicly the United States will use its veto on the U.N. Security Council to block any Palestinian bid to gain U.N. membership, a senior Republican lawmaker said on Wednesday. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a conservative who chairs the House Foreign Affairs…

U.S. tries to stall Palestinian statehood bid: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington has launched an effort to avoid a clash stemming from plans by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing senior U.S. officials and foreign diplomats. The Obama administration has introduced a plan to restart…

U.S. restarts work of aid groups in Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) – The United States on Sunday resumed the operations of the aid organizations it funds in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after the Islamist group retracted its demand to scrutinize confidential documents about their work, a U.S. official said. On Friday, USAID partner organizations stopped work after Hamas closed…

Armed men attack Reuters Gaza bureau

GAZA (Reuters) – Several armed men entered Reuters’ office in Gaza on Saturday, threatened employees with guns and took away a video camera, apparently after they spotted a reporter filming a demonstration from the building. The men struck one Reuters journalist on the arm with a metal bar and threatened to…

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