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Obama to meet with Palestinian president before U.N. assembly

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to meet US President Barack Obama next week, ahead of the opening of the UN General Assembly, Palestinian sources said on Tuesday. At their September 23 meeting, the two men will discuss peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, which resumed earlier this year after…

Palestinian statehood bid to go before U.N.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed Friday to lodge a bid for UN membership before the Security Council in one week, despite mounting Israeli and US opposition. “When I have finished delivering my speech (to the General Assembly), I will submit the request for membership to the Secretary General to be…