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Wife of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas being treated in Israeli hospital

Palestinian president’s wife treated in Israel hospital (via AFP) The wife of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has been treated in an Israeli hospital, media reported Sunday, as Israel searched for teenagers believed to be held captive in Palestinian territory. Israeli news site Ynet said Amina Abbas was admitted…  …

New Palestinian unity government sworn in

A new Palestinian unity government was sworn in before president Mahmud Abbas on Monday in line with a surprise unity deal between leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The cabinet, which is made up of political independents, comprises 17 ministers……

Venezuela to send oil to Palestinians

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to send oil and diesel to the Palestinian Authority, as part of agreements signed with its leader Mahmud Abbas during his visit to Caracas. Venezuela, which sits atop the world's largest oil reserves, said……

PLO to pursue membership in United Nations’ organizations

The PLO’s central council on Sunday adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements, according to a statement from the governing body of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The council, under the auspices of president Mahmud Abbas, “affirms the need for the Palestinian leadership…

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas says Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ of modern era

The mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust was "the most heinous crime" against humanity of the modern era, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Sunday in his strongest remarks yet on the Nazi genocide. The statement comes at a sensitive time for……

Palestinian leader condemns attack on 9-year-old Israeli girl

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday condemned an attack on a nine-year-old Israeli girl the day before in the West Bank. “We oppose on principle aggression against anyone, and the spilling of blood,” he told a group of Israeli MPs visiting his headquarters in Ramallah. The girl, Noam Glick, was…

Kerry in final push to get Mideast peace bid on track

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday met with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in a final push to get a peace bid back on track before heading home. The meeting comes after the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah rejected Kerry’s proposals for a framework to guide the relaunch of peace…

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigns

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad formally presented his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. “Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation,” the official told…

Palestinians eye concrete gains during Obama visit

The Palestinians are hoping to see concrete gains from US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit, while acknowledging it unlikely the trip will bring about a peace breakthrough. Obama himself has played down expectations of pushing forward peace talks on his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president,…

Palestinian unity deal a mistake: Gaza Hamas leader

Senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar slammed a Palestinian unity deal as a “mistake” that has thrown the Islamist movement into crisis, in an interview with Egypt’s official MENA agency published on Sunday. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed an agreement with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas earlier this month placing Abbas at…

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