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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.

Palestinian state ‘may have to be abandoned’

It may be time for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to ''tell his people the truth'', chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Wednesday.

Fatah congress to keep ‘armed struggle’ option

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah will endorse a two-state solution but keep the option of ''armed struggle'' with Israel.

Abbas aide urges world to shun Netanyahu

World powers should isolate Benjamin Netanyahu after he unveiled tough terms for a Middle East peace accord, an aide to Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday.

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.

Rice presses Israel on roadblocks, settlements

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday pressed Israel to ease travel restrictions on Palestinians and called Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank ''particularly problematic''. But she said Washington believed an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was still possible before US President George Bush leaves office in January.

Bush nudges Israel, Palestinians toward peace

President George Bush launched a United States drive to create a Palestinian state on Monday, with Israelis and Palestinians nearing an agreement to address the toughest issues of their decades-old conflict. His legacy dominated by war in Iraq, Bush began three days of Middle East diplomacy in separate Oval Office meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Bush launches drive for Middle East peace

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators neared an agreement on Monday on a peace agenda ahead of a new drive by United States President George Bush to restart long-dormant talks to create a Palestinian state. Expectations were low for three days of meetings in Washington and nearby Annapolis, Maryland.

Bush launches last-ditch push for Mideast peace

United States President George Bush meets Palestinian and Israeli leaders on Monday in a last-ditch push for Palestinian statehood before he leaves office in 14 months. Expectations are low for three days of talks because Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas all face political challenges at home.

Palestinian despair deepens over Gaza

Hamas may now rule Gaza, but for many ordinary Palestinians the bloody conclusion of this week's factional fighting promises only more chaos. Emergency measures imposed by President Mahmoud Abbas in an 11th-hour bid to bolster his secular Fatah against Hamas Islamists provided little consolation to Palestinians.

Palestinian Parliament paralysed amid crisis

Palestinians are crying out for order and progress towards statehood, yet their Parliament has failed to pass a single law in over a year, paralysed by factional fighting and, some say, Israeli tactics. In the 15 months since voters rallied behind the Hamas Islamist group, the 11-year-old Palestinian Legislative Council has rarely managed to gather the 67 members, a simple majority, to form a quorum for decisions.

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