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Only Abbas able to make peace: former Israel PM Olmert

Ramallah - Mahmud Abbas is the only Palestinian leader capable of striking a peace deal with Israel, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert said in comments broadcast Saturday after the two men met in Paris.

Palestinian president Abbas leaves hospital

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas left hospital on Monday following eight days of treatment for pneumonia and pledged to return to work, an AFP journalist reported.

Palestinian president in 'excellent' health but still in hospital

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, hospitalised since May 20 with pneumonia, is in excellent health but no date has been set for his discharge, a hospital official said on Saturday.

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow US example on embassy

Caracas - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged Latin American countries Monday not to emulate the controversial US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

US fails to win UN backing for statement criticizing Abbas

New York - The United States failed Friday to win United Nations Security Council backing for a statement rejecting as "unacceptable" remarks by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas about Jews that included "vile anti-Semitic slurs.

Palestinian president apologises over alleged anti-Semitic remarks

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas apologised Friday over alleged anti-Semitic comments that drew global condemnation.

Palestinian president widely condemned for 'anti-Semitic' comments

Jerusalem - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas drew widespread condemnation Wednesday, including from the European Union and the United States, over alleged anti-Semitic comments suggesting the "social function" of Jews in banking had led to past massacres.

Iconic Magnum photographer Abbas dies

Paris - The legendary Iranian-born photographer Abbas, who covered wars and revolutions across the world during a glittering career behind the lens, died Wednesday in Paris, his Magnum photo agency said.

Palestinian president calls US ambassador to Israel 'son of a dog'

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas labelled the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a "son of a dog" on Monday during an attack on Donald Trump's policies.

Palestinian president calls US ambassador to Israel 'son of a dog'

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas labelled the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a "son of a dog" on Monday during a scathing attack on Donald Trump's policies.

Palestinian leader seeks Russia's backing over Jerusalem

Moscow - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas visits Russia on Monday in a bid to secure Russian President Vladimir Putin's support following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Abbas urges EU countries to 'swiftly' recognise state of Palestine

Brussels - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday urged EU member states to "swiftly" grant official recognition to the state of Palestine as he arrived to meet foreign ministers from the bloc in Brussels.

Abbas calls Trump's peace efforts 'slap of the century'

Ramallah - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump's peace efforts as the "slap of the century", at a key meeting Sunday on the White House's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Abbas breaks with US over Jerusalem — but for how long?

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has broken with Washington over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but, popular as it is domestically, analysts question how long that tough stance can last.

Abbas rules out US peace plan after Jerusalem decision

Paris - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Friday that he would "no longer accept" any peace plan proposed by the United States, dealing a pre-emptive blow to a new initiative expected by Washington next year.

Abbas says Palestinians won't accept US peace plan

Paris - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Friday that his people would "no longer accept" any peace plan proposed by the United States following Washington's decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abbas freezes Israel contact over holy site dispute

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, after deadly clashes erupted earlier in the day.

Netanyahu, Abbas speak by phone after attack

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone following Friday's attack near an ultra-sensitive holy site that killed two Israeli police, with three Arab assailants also shot dead.

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Ramallah - Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to visit the White House sometime soon, both sides said after the first phone call between the pair since the US president took office in January.

Abbas calls Israeli settler law an 'attack' on Palestinians

Paris - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called a new Israeli law legalising dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land an "attack against our people".

Abbas may 'reverse' Israel recognition if Trump moves embassy

Paris - Th Palestinians may consider "reversing recognition" of Israel if Donald Trump moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said in an interview released by the French daily Le Figaro on Friday.

Pope to host Palestinian president Abbas on January 14

Vatican City - Pope Francis will grant Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, the Holy See confirmed indirectly Tuesday by announcing arrangements for media coverage of the visit.

Under pressure, Abbas plans first Fatah congress since 2009

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party aims to hold its first congress since 2009 by the end of this year, an official said, in what some analysts have called a bid by the 81-year-old to stave off rivals.

Palestinian president Abbas to attend Peres's funeral

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will attend the funeral of Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, Palestinian officials said Thursday, in what will be a rare visit to Jerusalem.

Palestinian president calls Peres 'brave' partner for peace

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed Shimon Peres as a "brave" partner for peace and sent his family condolences after the Israeli ex-president died earlier Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency reported.

Israel destroying two-state solution hopes: Abbas to UN

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Thursday that Israel's settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank was destroying any hope of a two-state solution.

'Mole?': Abbas dismisses claim he was Soviet agent

Jerusalem - Israeli researchers say they have uncovered a document showing Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was a Soviet agent in the 1980s, but his office called it a smear campaign and pointed to suspicious timing.

Abbas rejects charges of 'blood libel' against Jews

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday he opposed "any attack on any religion" after Israel accused him of libelling the Jewish people in an address to the European Parliament."Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic faiths.

Abbas says 'urgent' need for UN resolution on Israeli settlements

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has said there is an "urgent" need for a UN resolution on Israeli settlements as he embarks on a multi-country tour that may be among his last chances to renew peace efforts.

Abbas calls for 'international protection regime' for Palestinians

Ginebra - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called Wednesday for the creation of a "special regime" for the protection of his people, as a wave of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence showed no sign of abating.
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The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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Photo shows a portion of the separation barrier constructed by Israel near Ramallah  the seat of the...
Photo shows a portion of the separation barrier constructed by Israel near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank.
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There has been little tangible evidence of progress in peace talks since this White House meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. president Barack Obama in 2009.
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MEETING: Israeli President Shimon Peres  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authorit...
MEETING: Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas clasp hands last year at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan.
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Israeli security forces block Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron during demonstr...
Israeli security forces block Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron during demonstrations marking the 20th anniversary of the street closure instituted an Israeli man shot and killed 29 Palestinians in a random attack.
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Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount  (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎  Arabic: الحرم ا...
Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount, (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎, Arabic: الحرم القدسي الشريف‎) in the Old City of Jerusalem ((Hebrew: העיר העתיקה‎, Arabic: البلدة القديمة‎). Annotated in the foreground is Al-Aqsa Mosque (Arabic:المسجد الاقصى), considered to be the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. Behind are The Dome of the Rock (Arabic: مسجد قبة الصخرة‎, Hebrew: כיפת הסלע) and to the
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Hamas holds an election rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007.
Hamas holds an election rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem before a meeting last May.
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FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush...
FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush address the press at the White House in Washington, D.C., in 2003.
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Israel security personnel stop Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron in February du...
Israel security personnel stop Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron in February during a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the street closure since an Israeli man massacred 29 Palestinians in 1994.
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OFFICIALS: Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz meets with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamda...
OFFICIALS: Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz meets with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah in April.
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The Gaza Strip village of Abasan is seen from the Israeli side of the border in 2007.
The Gaza Strip village of Abasan is seen from the Israeli side of the border in 2007.
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Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza, at Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza Strip November 26, 2013
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Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
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