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Palestinian Unity government sworn in at Ramallah ceremony [PHOTOS]

Palestinian Unity government sworn in at Ramallah ceremony [PHOTOS]

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 2 (UPI) --Two main Palestinian factions -- Fatah and Hamas -- officially formed a unity government on Monday.
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Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian factions announce unity government

Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian factions announce unity government

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 24 (UPI) -- Israel reacted strongly to news that two leading Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, were forming a unity government, suspending peace talks.
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Israeli prisoner release gets mixed response

Israeli prisoner release gets mixed response

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The pending release of the first batch of Palestinian prisoners by Israel this week met with a mixed response Monday.

German cartoon shows Netanyahu poisoning peace

BERLIN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The Israeli Embassy in Berlin protested a cartoon suggesting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is poisoning the Middle East peace process.

Hamdallah may stay on as prime minister after meeting with president

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 21 (UPI) -- After meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, newly appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will likely retract his resignation, officials said.

Mixed response in Israel to peace plan

JERUSALEM, May 1 (UPI) -- Israeli politicians delivered a mixed response to a U.S.-sponsored Arab Peace initiative ratified by the Arab League, officials said.
Netanyahu, Obama show unity on Iran

Netanyahu, Obama show unity on Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he and U.S. President Obama believe Israel has the right to act on its own on Iranian nuclear weapons.

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Netanyahu, Obama to discuss major issues

Netanyahu, Obama to discuss major issues

JERUSALEM, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says he will discuss Iran, Syria and the Palestinian peace process during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit.

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Fatah, Hamas to implement to unity deal

Fatah, Hamas to implement to unity deal

CAIRO, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal agreed to implement a unity deal signed more than a year ago in Cairo, a Hamas official said.

Israel mixed on Palestinian call for peace

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders gave a mixed reception to calls by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks with Israel.
Effect of Obama's middle name measured

Effect of Obama's middle name measured

HAIFA, Israel, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein, makes Israelis -- both Jewish and Arab -- perceive him as less pro-Israeli, a U.S.-Israeli study found.

U.S. frets Palestinian 'sustainability'

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- The White House wants to build Palestinian resources, the State Department said, as U.S. and other envoys were to meet to boost Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
House leader irked by Hamas-Fatah unity

House leader irked by Hamas-Fatah unity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders in the Fatah movement have turned down the road to extremism by joining hands with Hamas, a U.S. legislator said.
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JER2003042908 - RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 29 (UPI) -- Designate Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen attends the Palestinian Legislative Council meeting in Ramallah in the West Bank, on April 29, 2003. Abu Mazen asked the PLC to approve his cabinet. Mazen will take over some power from long time leader and president Yasser Arafat. rlw/dh/Debbie Hill UPI
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Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: مَحْمُود عَبَّاس‎ Maḥmūd ʿAbbās; born 26 March 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen (Arabic: أَبُو مَازِن‎), has been the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) since 11 November 2004 and became President of the Palestinian National Authority on 15 January 2005 on the Fatah (فتح Fataḥ) ticket.

Elected to serve until 9 January 2009, he unilaterally extended his term for another year and continues in office even after that deadline expired. As a result of this, Fatah's main rival, the political party Hamas announced that it would not recognise the extension or view Abbas as rightful president. Abbas was chosen as the President of the "State of Palestine" by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Central Council on 23 November 2008, a job he had held unofficially since 8 May 2005. Abbas served as the first Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from March to October 2003 when he resigned citing lack of support from Israel and the United States as well as "internal incitement" against his government. Before being named prime minister, Abbas led the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department.

Abbas was born in Safed in Mandate Palestine. He and his family fled to Syria during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He graduated from the University of Damascus before going to Egypt where he studied law.

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