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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…

Syria ‘will be better off’ without Assad: White House

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost his legitimacy and his people “will be better off without him,” the White House said Monday after deadly weekend violence. US President Barack Obama “has no doubt the Syrian people will be better off without him,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, reiterating that the…

Former secy of state Warren Christopher dies

LOS ANGELES — Former secretary of state Warren Christopher, a “diplomat’s diplomat” who helped negotiate peace in the former Yugoslavia and advanced the Middle East peace process, has died at the age of 85, officials said. He had reportedly been suffering from kidney and bladder cancer. A lawyer by training,…

Palestinians hoist flag in Washington for first time

WASHINGTON — The Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Tuesday hoisted its national flag for the first time, saying it symbolized the struggle for independence. The US State Department said the flag ceremony was approved several months ago and does not change the status of the Palestinian mission in Washington.…

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