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Abbas may end unity with Hamas over Gaza governance RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the Islamist movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip.And prime minister Rami Hamdallah told AFP a dispute with Hamas over the payment of salaries to thousands of its employees had become the main issue from preventing his government of national unity from operating inside Gaza. Abbas's accusation that Hamas was effectively running a parallel administration in Gaza drew an angry reaction from the Islamist movement, which denounced his allegations as "baseless."But it raised fresh questions over the future of a fragile intra-Palestinian unity deal aimed at ending seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza. "We will not accept the situation with Hamas continuing as it is at the moment," Abbas said in remarks published by official Palestinian news agency WAFA. "We won't accept a ...

Israel issues tenders for 283 homes in West Bank settlement JERUSALEM: Israel said on Friday it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.The expansion of the Elkana settlement, in the northwest of the West Bank, was approved in January and the tenders published Thursday, Israel's Land Authority said on its website.It came after Israel announced Sunday its biggest land grab in the West Bank since the ...
Record 4.1mn in Syria received food aid in August, UN says ISLAMABAD: A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said."We are reaching more people every day with urgently needed food assistance many of them have been going hungry for months," Muhannad Hadi, the WFP's regional emergency coordinator for the Syria crisis, said in a statement, Today's Zaman Reported.Over ...
Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Palestinians WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry met for over two hours Wednesday with Palestinian negotiators for "constructive" talks on future relations with Israel, a US official said.The talks come just days after Israel announced its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s, and as a new showdown looms at the United Nations with the increasingly frustrated Palestinians planning to push a resolution setting a three-year deadline to end the Israeli occupation.It was Kerry's ...
Israel to supply offshore gas to Jordan in new deal JERUSALEM: Israel is to supply Jordan with natural gas from its vast Leviathan offshore gas field over a period of 15 years, US giant Noble Energy announced on Wednesday.A source close to the deal said it was worth $15 billion (11.4 billion euros) a significant chunk of some $60 billion which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said will come from Israel's offshore gas exports.Noble announced in a statement the "execution of a non-binding letter of ...
Kerry building coalition to fight militants WASHINGTON: Top US diplomat John Kerry revealed on Wednesday he was working to forge a global coalition to fight the "medieval savagery" of militants terrorizing a swathe of Syria and Iraq and blamed for killing two journalists.As President Barack Obama called for an international front against the group known as the Islamic State (IS), US officials also revealed that two videos showing the beheadings of Steven Sotloff and James Foley were not filmed at the ...
Obama sends 350 more troops to Baghdad WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to safeguard American diplomats in the Iraqi capital, increasing the US military presence to more than 1,000 forces.The move comes after a request last month from the State Department for additional US troops to bolster security for the US embassy and other facilities in Iraq, where Islamic State (IS) extremists have seized territory in the north and west of the country.White ...


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