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Palestinians Hold Elections in West Bank

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinians are voting in local elections Saturday across parts of the West Bank, the first time they have gone to the polls in six years. The territory has over a half million registered voters. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, is boycotting the election. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah […]

Palestinians Warn Budget Crisis Threatens Two-State Solution

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Palestinian finance minister says a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in jeopardy if the Palestinian Authority does not get urgent funding to address its budget crisis. Nabeel Kassis said Sunday after a meeting with donor nations in New York that the Palestinian Authority needs the money to continue functioning and prepare for […]

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Palestinian Rivals Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The leaders of the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas announced they have agreed to form an interim unity government led by Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, head of the militant Islamist Hamas, said Monday the two groups would move forward without delay to form a government of […]

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Palestinian Rivals Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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The leaders of the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas have announced a major step towards ending their bitter divisions, agreeing to form an interim unity government led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Mr. Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, head of the militant Islamist Hamas, said Monday the two groups would move forward without delay to […]

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Palestinian Factions Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a unity government led by current President Mahmoud Abbas. A Palestinian official said Monday the agreement was reached at a meeting in Qatar. The official said the deal calls for Mr. Abbas to assume the role of prime minister, replacing Western-backed Salam Fayyad. It was […]

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US Lawmakers Lift Hold on Palestinian Aid

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers have lifted a hold on aid to the Palestinians which was suspended earlier this year in response to their bid for United Nations membership. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says she will no longer block some $200 million in aid used to fund the Palestinian police force and […]

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A Look at Palestinian Prisoners Expected To Be Freed

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Here is a list of some key Palestinian inmates slated to be freed in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit: Nael Barghouthi: Believed to be the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner. He received a life sentence in 1978 for his role in the murder of an Israeli during a Palestinian commando operation. He is sometimes referred […]

Palestinians Cheer President Abbas During UN Speech

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinians erupted in cheers Friday upon hearing the news that President Mahmoud Abbas had submitted an application for statehood at the United Nations. Thousands of people crowded city centers across the West Bank to watch on giant television monitors as their leader delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly where he asked for […]

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Hamas, Fatah Reach Agreement on Prisoner Exchange

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a mutual political prisoner exchange in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, resolving one of several issues hindering the formation of a unity government. They reached an agreement during negotiations ending Sunday in Cairo. Egypt’s MENA news agency quoted Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad as […]

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Palestinian Police Raid Ex-Gaza Security Commander’s Home

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian police have raided the West Bank home of former Gaza security commander Mohammed Dahlan, arresting at least 12 of his security guards, and seizing weapons, computers and vehicles. The raid Thursday came shortly after Dahlan lost an appeal of his expulsion from Fatah’s central committee, which expelled Dahlan in June. President Mahmoud Abbas’ office […]

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