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Vatican recognizes Palestine in treaty

...position could change if peace efforts remain deadlocked.The treaty was finalized days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Pope Francis at the Vatican. Abbas is heading to Rome to attend Francis' canonization Sunday of two new saints...
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Hamas tightens grip on Gaza as reconstruction delays continue

...Hamas remains entrenched despite expectations that it cede some of its power to West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.The logic was that the Western-backed Abbas would be a more effective and credible conduit for aid. In addition...
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Mideast peace talks will fail

...Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which are due to begin Thursday in Washington, won't...secret negotiations on permanent-status issues with Mahmoud Abbas. The understandings between us, which were never signed...
A Bishop's Perspective: Seeking peace in a world of violence

...recent outbreak of fighting there meant that his prayer meeting with Israeli leader Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was in vain, the Holy Father replied, "No. Prayer helps us not to be conquered by evil or to resign ourselves to...
Today in History

...people. Militants blew up an Israeli base at the Gaza-Egypt crossing, killing five soldiers. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Kuwaitis for Palestinian support for Saddam Hussein after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.Five years ago...
Analysis: Israel, Palestinians face difficult decisions

...Palestinians, an ideological reversal that would put him on a collision course with his hardline base.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fears he'll be pressured to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, a step he believes would abrogate...
Con: One-sided tactics showed contempt for Israel

...Israel-hating seems not to trouble Obama.Second, Israel has a legitimate peace partner in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom Obama describes in glowing terms as an unusually brave, sincere, peace-seeking Palestinian leader.Abbas...
Why is Kerry pushing talks?

...Israel without a civil war.Second, as titular head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas may be the last Palestinian leader with the legitimacy to sign a peace accord with Israel. But he is tired and aging...
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The West banks on Abbas

...with me now!" he chortled - no, actually, Condi doesn't. Sound off on the important issues at And Monday it was Mahmoud Abbas on the direct line to Washington instead, receiving assurances from Rice and President Bush that his newly formed...
Outside editorials: Time to talk peace

...week came the division of the nascent Palestinian state. Hamas in fierce fighting won Gaza; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah retains the West Bank. That original notion is still valid, but even more so is its converse. Abbas' new...


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