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Palestine admitted to UNESCO as full member


Palestinians won a crucial vote to enter UNESCO as a full member on Monday, scoring a symbolic victory in their battle for statehood and full membership in the UN General Assembly.

"The general assem

Prisoner swap deal angers Israelis


The relatives of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks have reacted strongly against a prisoners swap deal with Hamas to win freedom for captive soldier Gilad Shalit, as the country's Supreme Court p

Israel awaits Shalit return after landmark deal inked


Israel was on Wednesday waiting to hear when captive soldier Gilad Shalit would return home, a day after the Jewish state inked a deal with Hamas that will see 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed.


Yasser Arafat's scarf maker gets Internet lifeline


Joudeh Hirbawi is not sure why young Palestinians do not want to wear the iconic black-and-white keffiyeh scarves his factory makes. But he has found another way to stay afloat.

Instead of selling to

Abbas stakes Palestinian claim to state at U.N.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to recognise a state for his people, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the world body as a 'theater of the

India reiterates 'unequivocal support' for Palestinian state


Amid a last-ditch American effort to head off a Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations, India has reiterated its absolute 'unequivocal support' for a Palestinian state.

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Mahmoud Abbas asks UN to admit state of Palestine

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday handed over a historic request to UN chief Ban Ki-moon asking the United Nations to admit the state of Palestine as a full member, UN officials said.


Obama speech shows bias towards Israel: Palestinians


Palestinians on Thursday slammed US President Barack Obama's United Nations address a day earlier, calling it a display of US bias towards Israel.

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Obama, Abbas to meet as UN showdown looms


President Barack Obama was to meet Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday as diplomats scrambled behind the scenes to convince the Palestinian leader to drop his bid for UN membership of a Palestinian state.


Israel should recognise Palestine: Abbas


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged Israel to recognise a Palestinian state and not 'lose an opportunity for peace,' ahead of a formal request for Palestinian UN membership this week.

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