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Hamas rejects cease-fire proposal in Gaza

Hamas rejects cease-fire proposal in Gaza

GAZA CITY , Gaza, July 29 (UPI) --A call by Palestinian leadership for a 24-hour truce in the conflict between Israel and Gaza was rejected Tuesday by Hamas, the governing body in Gaza.
Ed Adamczyk
Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry is in Israel for peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
JC Finley
Clashes break out in the West Bank after dead Palestinian's body found

Clashes break out in the West Bank after dead Palestinian's body found

NABLUS, West Bank, July 2 (UPI) --Riots erupted in the West Bank Wednesday after rumors spread that a dead Palestinian teenager was lynched by Israeli vigilantes.
Aileen Graef
Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded U.S. Congressional Gold Medal

Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded U.S. Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) --Israeli President Shimon Peres was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Pope calls for global end to child labor

Pope calls for global end to child labor

VATICAN CITY, June 11 (UPI) --Pope Francis called for an end to child labor on Wednesday while speaking in St. Peter's Square.
Ed Adamczyk
Abbas, Peres pray with Pope

Abbas, Peres pray with Pope

VATICAN CITY, June 9 (UPI) --Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to prayer at the Vatican.
Ed Adamczyk
Palestinian Unity government sworn in at Ramallah ceremony [PHOTOS]

Palestinian Unity government sworn in at Ramallah ceremony [PHOTOS]

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 2 (UPI) --Two main Palestinian factions -- Fatah and Hamas -- officially formed a unity government on Monday.
JC Finley
Vatican: Pope to pray with Peres and Abbas on June 8

Vatican: Pope to pray with Peres and Abbas on June 8

VATICAN CITY, May 29 (UPI) --Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Territories President Mahmoud Abbas will pray with Pope Francis on June 8, the Vatican announced Thursday.
Ed Adamczyk
Abbas asks for new Palestinian government

Abbas asks for new Palestinian government

JERUSALEM, May 29 (UPI) --Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas charged Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with the task of forming a new government Thursday.
Ed Adamczyk
On visit to Holy Land, Pope Francis pushes two state solution, invites Middle East leaders to Rome

On visit to Holy Land, Pope Francis pushes two state solution, invites Middle East leaders to Rome

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 25 (UPI) --On a visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to Rome for peace talks, and voiced support for a two-state solution.
JC Finley
Netanyahu proposes law to establish Israel as a Jewish state

Netanyahu proposes law to establish Israel as a Jewish state

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 1 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday his intention to introduce legislation that would establish Israel as a Jewish state.
JC Finley
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust 'most heinous crime'

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust 'most heinous crime'

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 27 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he rejects ethnic discrimination and racism.
Danielle Haynes
Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian factions announce unity government

Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian factions announce unity government

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 24 (UPI) -- Israel reacted strongly to news that two leading Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, were forming a unity government, suspending peace talks.
JC Finley
Mideast peace talks suspended for one day as April 29 deadline nears

Mideast peace talks suspended for one day as April 29 deadline nears

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 16 (UPI) -- Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were postponed Wednesday, with no reason officially stated.
JC Finley
Mideast: Ad absurdum

Mideast: Ad absurdum

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Netanyahu and Palestinian Abbas, most say, are now the main obstacles to peace as neither one is politically strong enough to make required concessions. Wrong.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
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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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