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Car plows into Jerusalem crowd: one child killed, eight injured

Car plows into Jerusalem crowd: one child killed, eight injured

JERUSALEM, Oct. 22 (UPI) --A baby was killed and eight people injured Wednesday in a terror attack in which a car struck a group near a Jerusalem light rail station.
Ed Adamczyk
Palestine's Unity government holds meeting in Gaza

Palestine's Unity government holds meeting in Gaza

GAZA CITY , Gaza, Oct. 9 (UPI) --The "Unity government" Cabinet of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met in Gaza Thursday, with officials traveling from the West Bank to attend.
Ed Adamczyk
At U.N., Netanyahu denounces Iranian terrorism

At U.N., Netanyahu denounces Iranian terrorism

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking Monday at the United Nations General Assembly, refuted Iranian claims that it does not practice terrorism.
Ed Adamczyk
Mahmoud Abbas asks U.N. for timetable for Israeli withdrawal

Mahmoud Abbas asks U.N. for timetable for Israeli withdrawal

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) --Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday regarding Israeli occupation.
JC Finley
Israelis skeptical of Netanyahu's Gaza victory claim

Israelis skeptical of Netanyahu's Gaza victory claim

JERUSALEM, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's claim of a significant victory over Hamas in Gaza was met with skepticism by Israelis, a poll indicated.
Ed Adamczyk
New round of Israeli airstrikes kill 8 in Gaza amid rumors of a possible ceasefire

New round of Israeli airstrikes kill 8 in Gaza amid rumors of a possible ceasefire

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 25 (UPI) --A new round of Israeli airstrikes killed at least eight people in Gaza Monday amid rumors of a possible ceasefire agreement.
JC Finley
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
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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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