Israeli official calls for Hamas' end

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Israel must ignore Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and topple the Hamas government, an Israeli government official said Saturday. Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman called Abbas a weak leader who should be ignored in favor of stronger tie

Abbas in Jordan about missing soldier

GAZA, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was conducting secret talks in Jordan Tuesday on a kidnapped Israeli soldier, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Arafat's passing marked by Ramallah rally

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The second anniversary of former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's death was observed Saturday with a large rally in Ramallah.

Hamas to bow out if aid restored

GAZA, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said during Friday prayers in Gaza his Hamas party will dismantle its government if international aid resumes.

Abbas wants Hamas to give up soldier

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, says Hamas must give him custody of a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

Hamas, Fatah leaders discuss unity govt.

GAZA, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh worked again to have the Fatah and Hamas groups to form a unity government.

Israel fighting in Gaza may affect swap

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A Palestinian official Wednesday said he hoped Israeli military operations in Gaza had not derailed soldier-prisoner exchange discussions in Egypt. At a news conference, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called the Israeli operation a "massacre,"

Abbas seeks troops in Gaza

GAZA, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Israel may let Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas use Jordan-based troops in Gaza to strengthen his Fatah group against the ruling Hamas.

Kidnapped AP news photog freed in Gaza

GAZA, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An Associated Press photographer was released unharmed in Gaza Tuesday night hours after being abducted outside his apartment by Palestinian gunmen.

Hamas wants to remain in power

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Despite warnings from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas is determined to stay in power until its term ends, says a report. Quoting Hamas sources, Israel's Ynetnews.com reports that the militant group feels there is still hope for a unit

Report: Olmert wants to meet Abbas soon

MOSCOW, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in Moscow Wednesday he is keen to meet soon with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Novosti reports.

Egypt urges Hamas to back down

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The leader of Hamas was urged to relinquish its executive powers in the Palestinian Authority Tuesday by Egypt's head of intelligence. At a meeting in Damascus, Syria, Egypt's Omar Suleiman told Khaled Mashaal the move would end the international embargo

Fatah gunmen rescue kidnapped student

NABLUS, West Bank, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Gunmen from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades burst into a West Bank apartment and freed a kidnapped U.S. student unharmed, reports from the region say.

Hamas may recognize earlier agreements

JERUSALEM, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Several Israeli media quote a London Arabic newspaper as saying Hamas may recognize previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Qatari foreign minister visits Gaza

GAZA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Qatari Foreign Minister will hold talks with Palestinian leaders Monday evening in Gaza to try and secure an agreement for a Palestinian unity government.
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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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