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Qatar to host Gaza talks with Abbas, Ban

Qatar will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday to try to reach a ceasefire agreement with Israel to bring an end to 12 days of warfare, a senior Qatari source told Reuters.

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Hamas, Abbas's PLO in reconciliation deal

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. The move envisions formi

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Obama presses Abbas to help break stalemate

President Barack Obama pressed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to help break the stalemate in US-brokered peace talks with Israel, saying leaders on both sides must take political risks before an April deadline. In White House

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Kerry, Abbas to meet for second day in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet again on Thursday after spending more than two hours discussing Israeli-Palestinian peace the day before, a senior U.S. official said. "They

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Qatar to ease Palestinian debt, peace talks intensify

Qatar has agreed to provide $150 million in debt relief to the Palestinian Authority, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday as he announced that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are intensifying. Speaking after he briefed

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Abbas appoints new PM; Hamas angry

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas named British-educated political independent Rami Hamdallah as new prime minister on Sunday, a move that was immediately condemned by Gaza Strip rulers Hamas. Abbas and the militant Islamist gro

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Palestinian state wins de facto UN recognition

  The 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue &q

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Hamas backs Abbas' UN upgradation move

The Islamist group Hamas said on Monday it was backing President Mahmoud Abbas's attempt to win more clout for Palestinians at the United Nations, the latest sign of a rapprochement between the political rivals. The Palestinia

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Palestinian rivals agree to form unity govt

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a deal in Qatar on Monday to form a unity government of independent technocrats for the West Bank and Gaza, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  The move, following the fai

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Abbas defiant as "all hell" breaks out

President Mahmoud Abbas said he is sticking to his plan to seek full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state although "all hell has broken out" over the move opposed by the US and Israel. Abbas, speaking en route to the UN Genera

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