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Asian Stocks: The week that was

SINGAPORE, March 26 (UPI) -- Geopolitical concerns dominated stock market activity this week with the controversial win of President Chen Shui-bian in Taiwan and Israel's killing of Sheik A
SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP, UPI Business Correspondent

New Hamas leader unafraid of death

LONDON, March 25 (UPI) -- The new leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, says he would prefer to be assassinated than die of natural causes.

Canada calls Yassin killing extra-judicial

TORONTO, March 22 (UPI) -- Canada condemned Monday the slaying of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, saying the slaying was unacceptable.

Palestinians protest against Israel fence

GAZA, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza Monday against the barrier Israel is building in the West Bank, while the World Court in The Hague began hearings on the wall.

Report: Bomber was atoning for adultery

JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The Palestinian suicide bomber who killed four Israelis last week did so to atone for adultery.

Israel attacks Hamas militants, 11 injured

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- An Israeli helicopter gunship fired two missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip Tuesday evening in an assassination attempt of Hamas militants.

Hussein-Arafat, axis of evil

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- To complicate the U.S. military action, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will use the longstanding Iraqi-Palestinian axis to continue to fan the flames of Middle
ROBERT L. MAGINNIS, A UPI Outside view commentary

What U.S. newspapers are saying

U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

What U.S. newspapers are saying

U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Joe Bob's America

You can't tell your terrorists without a scorecard.
JOE BOB BRIGGS
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GAZ2001080103 - 01 AUGUST 2001 - GAZA CITY, GAZA: Sheik Ahmed Yassin, spiritual leader of Hamas (R) takes part in a protest against the Israeli helicopter strike on the Hamas building in Nablus, the West Bank, that killed eight people, in Gaza City Wednesday Aug. 1, 2001. Hundreds of Palestinians joined the protest. .RW/Abdelrahman Al-khateeb. UPI
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Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin (1937 – 22 March 2004) (Arabic: الشيخ أحمد إسماعيل ياسين‎) was a founder of Hamas, a Palestinian paramilitary organization and political party. Yassin also served as the spiritual leader of the organization. Hamas gained popularity in Palestinian society by establishing hospitals, education systems, libraries and other services, but it has also claimed responsibility for a number of suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians, leading to its being characterized by a number of western states as a terrorist organization.

Yassin, a paraplegic who was nearly blind, had been confined to a wheelchair since a sporting accident at the age of 12. He was assassinated by an Israeli pilot of an helicopter gunship in 2004. His killing, in an attack that claimed the lives of as many as nine bystanders, precipitated much criticism of Israel, and many observers suggested that the act would negatively impact the peace process. 200,000 Palestinians attended his funeral procession.

Ahmed Yassin was born in al-Jura, a small village near the city of Ashkelon, during the British Mandate of Palestine. His date of birth is not known for certain: according to his Palestinian passport, he was born on 1 January 1929, but he claimed to have actually been born in 1938. His father, Abdullah Yassin, died when he was three years old. Afterward, he became known in his neighborhood as Ahmad Sa'ada after his mother Sa'ada al-Habeel. This was to differentiate him from the children of his father's other three wives. Together, Yassin had four brothers and two sisters. He and his entire family fled to Gaza, settling in al-Shati Camp after his village was captured by the Israel Defence Forces during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

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