Ali Sawafta

Abbas: UN will take weeks, not months on Palestinian bid

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he expected the Security Council to finish debating his nation's application for UN membership in weeks.

Palestinian UN bid: Stage set for showdown

President Mahmoud Abbas has told the United Nations chief he will seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state.

Palestinians set on UN statehood bid

Palestinians will seek recognition as a United Nations member-state in September given the deadlock in US-brokered peacemaking with Israel.

No talks until Israel halts settlements, PLO says

Direct talks with Israel will not resume unless it halts the building of Jewish settlements on occupied land, the Palestinian leadership said.

US pushes to fix peace talks after crisis

US envoy George Mitchell stepped up the pace of efforts to save Middle East peace talks launched four weeks ago.

Mahmoud Darwish, poet of the Palestinians, dies

Mahmoud Darwish, whose poetry his fellow Palestinians embraced as the voice of their suffering, died on August 9 after heart surgery in Texas.

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