Palestine, U.S. in peace talks

GAZA CITY, Gaza, June 17 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has begun talking peace with U.S. envoy John Wolf, the BBC and Ha'aretz reported Tuesday.

Commentary: Joe Bob's Peace Plan

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- Okay, I've kept my mouth shut long enough. It's time for the Joe Bob Briggs Plan for Peace in the Middle East.

Knesset backs roadmap

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16 (UPI) -- Israel's Knesset Monday backed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's acceptance of the roadmap for peace with the Palestinians.

President Bush lashes out against Hamas

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine, June 15 (UPI) -- There were more harsh words against Hamas from President Bush Sunday as he celebrated Father's Day with his family's compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Egyptians to meet Palestinian militants

JERUSALEM, June 15 (UPI) -- An Egyptian delegation and representatives from several Palestinian militant groups are to meet Sunday in Gaza to discuss a cease-fire with Israel.

Palestinian PM undergoes eye surgery

AMMAN, Jordan, June 14 (UPI) -- Hospital sources said Saturday Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has undergone eye surgery in a specialized hospital in Amman, Jordan.

Abbas reasserts stand against terrorism

GAZA, West Bank, June 13 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas reportedly had assured President Bush he is committed to reduce terrorism.

'Six Days of War,' and so much more

Michael B. Oren's account of the Arab-Israeli internecine war in "Six Days of War" should be required reading for every member of the Bush administration. An un

ADL troubled by Bush's comments

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- The Anti-Defamation League says it is troubled by President Bush's statement criticizing Israel for its rocket attack against a Hamas leader.

Abbas answers critics, rejects violence

AMALLAH, West Bank, June 9 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas says he's committed to ending attacks against Israel, but rejects using violence against Palestinian militants.

Arafat warned to not hamper peace plan

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been warned not to hamper U.S.-backed peace efforts, a newspaper reported Monday.

Militant attacks continue, seven dead

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 8 (UPI) -- Three Palestinians disguised as Israeli soldiers attacked a base near the Gaza Strip crossing Sunday, killing four Israelis and wounding four others.

US's Rice urges calm after Mideast attack

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice condemned the latest violence in the Middle East in television appearances Sunday.

Gaza gunfight kills seven

JERUSALEM, June 8 (UPI) -- The Israeli army said three Palestinian men approached a Gaza Strip border crossing, shot and killed four Israeli soldiers, and wounded four before being killed

Hamas expected to rejoin truce talks

GAZA, June 7 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority said it appears likely the militant Islamic group Hamas will rejoin negotiations on a cease-fire.
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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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