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November 11, 2007
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dedicated Yasser Arafat's sleek new mausoleum in a ceremony yesterday, drawing on his predecessor's continued popularity as he heads into peace negotiations with Israel. The dedication of the mausoleum, on the third anniversary of Arafat's death, was meant to boost Abbas' legitimacy as he faces a stiff challenge from the rival Hamas. Arafat died at age 75 in a French military hospital, after spending his final years under Israeli siege at his West Bank headquarters.
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October 22, 2007
On October 18, 2007, AARON SEABRON. On Tuesday, friends may call at the VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES, 4101 Edmondson Avenue from 4-8 P.M. On Wednesday, Mr. Seabron will lie in state at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 2401 Loch Raven Road where the family will receive friends form 11:30 A.M-12 noon with services to follow. Inquiries to (410) 233-2400.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 19, 2007
JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrapped up her Middle East shuttle diplomacy tour yesterday, leaving Israeli officials seemingly reassured and Palestinians searching for a silver lining. Rice, who flew to London to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II, essentially shot down the primary Palestinian demands after days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in advance of a proposed Annapolis peace conference this fall. "Condoleezza Rice made it clear that she in fact agrees with most of Jerusalem's demands," said an editorial yesterday in the Hebrew daily Maariv.
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By Richard Boudreaux and Paul Richter and Richard Boudreaux and Paul Richter,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 12, 2007
JERUSALEM -- After prodding the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table for the first time in nearly seven years, the Bush administration now confronts a stalemate that threatens to undermine the latest peace initiative and further diminish American influence in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas put negotiators to work last week with instructions to make progress in advance of a U.S.-sponsored peace conference tentatively set for next month in Annapolis.
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By New York Times News Service | August 13, 2007
JERUSALEM -- A Hamas official in Gaza said yesterday that his organization was holding unofficial talks with representatives from the rival Fatah movement, as tension between the factions continued to simmer. Fatah officials deny that any such dialogue is taking place. An adviser to Ismail Haniyeh, the deposed Palestinian prime minister of Hamas, said that the talks had been authorized by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, but that so far they had not led to any breakthrough.
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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,Los Angeles Times | August 7, 2007
Jerusalem -- With two army helicopters escorting his motorcade, Ehud Olmert ventured into the West Bank yesterday to discuss the most divisive issues of a possible peace settlement, the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to Palestinian territory in seven years. "I am delighted to see you," Olmert said, embracing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas inside a heavily guarded hotel in the city of Jericho. The Israeli leader said he had come to discuss "fundamental issues" in the decades-old conflict, "hoping that this will lead us soon into negotiations about the creation of a Palestinian state."
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By New York Times News Service | July 14, 2007
JERUSALEM -- The emergency Palestinian government led by Salam Fayyad stepped down yesterday to be replaced by a caretaker Palestinian government led by - Salam Fayyad. The new government is exactly like the old one, with a few more ministers. But it will have an indefinite mandate as long as the current Palestinian parliament is unable to form a quorum. The move was required because the emergency Cabinet, named by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, after he fired the government led by Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas, could legally last for only 30 days unless the parliament ratified it. But when Abbas called a session of the parliament, Hamas boycotted it, preventing a quorum.
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By Nicholas Goldberg | July 8, 2007
I first met Daniel Pearl 10 years ago, in a very different world. It was different in part because it was Tehran, where women were covered from head to toe and men could be seen on the streets wearing turbans and robes. Secret police asked us questions in hotel rooms, and dissidents were reluctant to speak to us. But it was also different because, unlike today, things actually seemed to be getting better - not just in Iran but all over the region. We had both arrived - Danny from London, I from Jerusalem - to cover the May 1997 presidential election in which reformer Mohammad Khatami came from behind to beat the supposed shoo-in candidate of the ruling clerics.
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By Ken Ellingwood and Ken Ellingwood,Los Angeles Times | July 5, 2007
JERUSALEM -- For nearly four months in solitary confinement, BBC correspondent Alan Johnston felt "buried alive" but buoyed by international support he knew was out there by listening to his network's radio broadcasts. In his first lengthy remarks after being freed by Palestinian kidnappers in the Gaza Strip, Johnston said yesterday that coverage of vigils and expressions of worldwide encouragement helped him fight despair and stay focused as days of captivity turned into weeks and months.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,Sun foreign reporter | June 27, 2007
JERUSALEM -- It's hard to imagine anyone culling humor from recent events in the Middle East: Hamas gunmen took over the Gaza Strip during a week of bloody fighting against their Fatah rivals; Palestinian militants fired rockets into southern Israel; Israeli aircraft pounded targets in the Gaza Strip; and in Tel Aviv, thousands of peace activists protested the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. But that hasn't kept a group of comedians - three Jews and one Arab - from taking to the stage and trying to get Israelis and Palestinians to poke fun at themselves and their intractable conflict.
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