Palestinian leaders order arrests

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the arrest of militants responsible for Tuesday's suicide bus bombing that killed at least 18 people.

Israel mulls response to bombing

JERUSALEM, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met Wednesday with security officials to discuss a response to the latest suicide bombing.

18 die in Jerusalem bus bombing

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority said Tuesday it severed ties with two terrorist groups following the deaths of 18 people in the suicide bombing of a Jerusalem bus.

Abbas condemns bus bombing

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday condemned the Jerusalem bus bombing that left more than 100 killed or injured.

McCain admits problems with Arafat

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges Yasser Arafat is undermining his authority.

Israel: Arafat's removal key to peace

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the removal of Yasser Arafat from all positions of influence is the key to Middle East peace.

Sharon, Abbas cancel meeting

JERUSALEM, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Wednesday's scheduled meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his Israeli counterpart, Ariel Sharon, has been canceled.

Bush confinced Abbas committed to peace

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- President Bush said Wednesday it is essential to bolster Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his government.

Bush and Sharon meet, but with no progress

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- President George Bush met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Tuesday to discuss the Middle East peace process but no significant progress was reported.

White House lauds prisoner release

PITTSBURGH, July 28 (UPI) -- Word that Israel is releasing 500 Islamic prisoners drew words of praise from the White House Monday.

Bush likes what he sees in Abbas

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- In their first Washington meeting, President Bush and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas reached several agreements Friday.

Arafat said to fund truce opponents

GAZA CITY, Gaza, July 23 (UPI) -- Allegations are coming out of Palestine Wednesday that Yasser Arafat is funding armed groups opposing peace with Israel.

Arab leaders to meet on Palestinian issue

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 21 (UPI) -- The leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Palestine will meet to discuss the Palestinian situation.

Sharon, Abbas talk about prisoners

JERUSALEM, July 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas met Sunday in the Sharon residence in Jerusalem.

U.S. official says Israel must do more

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. official said this week in a closed conversation that Israel had not done enough for Palestinian prisoner releases.
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Mahmoud Abbas
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on May 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Michael Reynolds/Pool)

Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: مَحْمُود عَبَّاس‎, Maḥmūd ʿAbbās; born 26 March 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen (Arabic: أَبُو مَازِن‎, Åbú Mázɩn), 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 second 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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