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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…

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)…

Gates first U.S. defense chief to visit Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Robert Gates on Friday became the first U.S. Defense Secretary to visit the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leaders keenly aware of every little nod to their hopes of achieving statehood. Children in Ramallah stared as the long motorcade of U.S. cars wound through the streets…

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