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Kerry, Jordan's king discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Kerry, Jordan's king discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

AQABA, Jordan, March 7 (UPI) -- The international community must back Middle East peace efforts based on a two-state solution, Jordan's King Abdullah said Friday.
Palestinian officials: Agreement needs to be supported by people

Palestinian officials: Agreement needs to be supported by people

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 6 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials warned Thursday President Mahmoud Abbas should not accept an agreement with Israel unsupported by his people.
Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Stop denying history' and recognize Israel

Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Stop denying history' and recognize Israel

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Peace in the Middle East will better the lives of millions living in the region, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in Washington Tuesday.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans White House visit

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans White House visit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to visit Washington, D.C., in mid-March to talk about Mideast peace with U.S. President Barack Obama.
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Netanyahu: Refusal to recognize Israel major roadblock to peace

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state is the key obstacle to peace, says Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Kerry, Abbas meet for second day on core issues in Israeli peace talks

Kerry, Abbas meet for second day on core issues in Israeli peace talks

PARIS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The top U.S. diplomat and the head of the Palestinian Authority agreed to meet again Thursday to discuss key issues in peace talks with Israel, officials say.
Kerry meets with leaders in Tunis before flying to Paris

Kerry meets with leaders in Tunis before flying to Paris

TUNIS, Tunisia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Tunisians traveled a difficult but necessary road to democratic rule, and the United States applauds their effort, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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.
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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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