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Hamas leader: Abbas has no authority to engage in peace talks

RAFAH, Gaza, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- President Mahmoud Abbas has no authority to negotiate with Israel and the United States on behalf of the Palestinian people, a Hamas spokesman says.

Abbas seeks NATO force in future Palestine

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he proposed to Secretary of State John Kerry a U.S.-led NATO force patrol a future Palestinian state indefinitely.

Fatah body submits resignation to Palestinian president

GAZA, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A leader of Palestine's Fatah political party in the Gaza Strip has submitted a letter of resignation, officials said.
Abbas calls for three-year transition period in West Bank

Abbas calls for three-year transition period in West Bank

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview aired Tuesday a three-year transition period for the West Bank was all he could accept.

Abbas 'seeks $1B deal with Russia on Gaza natural gas field

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Moscow seeking to secure a $1 billion deal with Russia to develop a natural gas field off the Gaza Strip.
Abbas: no Israeli presence in Palestinian state

Abbas: no Israeli presence in Palestinian state

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- There will be no Israeli presence in the future Palestinian state, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Ramallah.
Canadian prime minister addresses Israeli Knesset

Canadian prime minister addresses Israeli Knesset

JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- In a speech to the Knesset, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday his nation would stand by Israel "through fire and water."

Stephen Harper first Canadian PM to visit to Israel in 14 years

JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Stephen Harper arrived in Israel Sunday, marking the first visit by a Canadian prime minister since 2000, officials said.
Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Jordan to discuss Palestinian peace talks with King Abdullah, Petra News Agency said.
Palestinians mull options should peace talks with Israel break down

Palestinians mull options should peace talks with Israel break down

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders met to discuss their options should current peace talks with Israel break down, a senior Palestinian official told Haaretz.
Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli President Shimon Peres committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Biden saying Monday the time is ripe to act.

Abbas: Israel must negotiate on Jerusalem's future

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday Israel must concede a divided Jerusalem if it wants a peace agreement.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
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Middle East Christians mark Christmas amid messages of peace, support

Middle East Christians mark Christmas amid messages of peace, support

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- World leaders and religious figures offered messages of peace and support as Middle Eastern Christian faiths celebrated Christmas Tuesday.
Palestinian leaders "doing everything humanly possible" to ensure Mideast peace success

Palestinian leaders "doing everything humanly possible" to ensure Mideast peace success

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Saeb Erekat, the lead negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, remarked at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday in Ramallah that "We really are doing everything humanly possible to ensure the success" of the latest round of Mideast peace negotiations.
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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)
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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, 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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