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Abbas Returns, Hailed as Hero

Palestinians elated over UN's recognition; Israel seethes

(Newser) - Mahmoud Abbas returned home today to something of a rock star's welcome: Cheering crowds chanting his name and waving Palestinian flags greeted the president, who is fresh off his successful bid to have the United Nations recognize Palestine , reports al-Jazeera . "Yes, now we have a state," Abbas... More »

Arafat's Remains Exhumed in Secretive Operation

Poison probe to test late leader's bone samples

(Newser) - Yasser Arafat was exhumed from his West Bank grave today as experts seek clues in the Palestinian leader's 2004 death in Paris, the AP reports. France opened a murder investigation earlier this year amid reports that highly radioactive polonium was found on his personal effects . French, Swiss, and Russian... More »

Who’s Not Happy That bin Laden’s Dead?

Hamas blasts 'killing of an Arab holy warrior'

(Newser) - Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death is pouring in from around the world—and not everybody's cheering, Reuters reports:
  • Hamas: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the group’s leader in the Gaza Strip. “We regard
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Tel Aviv Embassy Standoff Ends

Palestinian shot and wounded, ending 7-hour siege

(Newser) - Security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian man holding hostages inside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv last night, ending a tense 7-hour standoff. The man, Nadim Injaz of Ramallah, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Injaz said he wanted asylum in Turkey and protection from... More »

Carter Meets With Former Hamas Minister

Ex-prez defies Israel, Bush, and lays wreath on Arafat's grave

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter traveled to the West Bank today to meet a former Hamas minister, ignoring strenuous objections by Israeli leaders. Carter also laid a wreath on Yasser Arafat’s tomb, a customary gesture of respect President Bush pointedly avoided on his last visit, Reuters reports. More »

Arresting Sight in West Bank

First Palestinian policewomen start work

(Newser) - The first Palestinian policewomen have begun working in the West Bank city of Ramallah—directing traffic, making security checks, conducting house searches, and turning heads. They're the first women to complete training programs sponsored by the European Union, the AP reports. They sport uniforms of navy pants and light blue... More »

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