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4 More Assassinations, Attempts Using Chemicals

One involved a poisoned umbrella

(Newser) - In the wake the news that Kim Jong Nam was, according to Malaysian police, assassinated using the powerful toxin VX , the AP takes a look at four more notable assassinations or attempted assassinations involving poison or chemicals:
  1. Alexander Litvinenko : The former Russian intelligence agent was given tea laced with a
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Hamas: We Won't Cede an 'Inch of Palestine'

Leader delivers defiant speech on trip to Gaza for anniversary

(Newser) - The leader of Hamas vowed to continue fighting Israel today, as hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Gazans turned out to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. Khaled Mashaal's visit to the Palestinian territory—a first in his lifetime of exile—underscores Hamas' rising clout and regional acceptance since its... More »

Israel: Ground Assault 'on Hold'

UN chief calls for immediate truce

(Newser) - President Obama dispatched Hillary Clinton to the Middle East as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire continued for a seventh day, the AP reports. The secretary of state plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem before meeting Palestinian officials in the West Bank and... More »

Hamas, Fatah Agree to Unite

And this time, they mean it

(Newser) - Palestine's rival factions, Hamas and Fatah, say they've finally agreed on a deal for a unified government, hoping to present a united front in their negotiations with Israel. Of course, they said the same thing last spring . That deal hit the rocks because the sides couldn't agree... More »

Hamas: We've Stopped Rocket Attacks on Israel

Boss pledges to be 'part of the solution' in NYT interview

(Newser) - Hamas has stopped firing rockets at Israel for the time being, its head told the New York Times in a lengthy interview in which he discussed the militant Palestinian group’s goals. “I promise the American administration and the international community that we will be part of the solution,... More »

Hamas Would Accept Peace With Israel: Carter

Militant faction would follow Abbas-led deal if put to vote

(Newser) - Hamas would accept a peace deal brokered by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas if  Palestinian voters favored the agreement, Jimmy Carter said after talks with a Hamas leader in Damascus. "There's no doubt that both the Arab world and the Palestinians, including Hamas, will accept Israel's right to live in... More »

Carter Meets With Hamas Chief

Ex-president draws widespread criticism for talks with Palestinian group

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter met today with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal despite protests from the US State Department and the Israeli government. A Hamas deputy told the AP the agenda would include strategies to calm tensions between Israel and Hamas, as well as the fate of a kidnapped Israeli soldier. Carter has... 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 »

Israeli Hostage Alive: Hamas

Offer to avoid civilian targets

(Newser) - Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is alive, Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal tells Britain's Sky News. "Gilad is alive and we are treating him well but Israel is treating the Palestinian prisoners they hold very badly,"  he said in an interview in Damascus, offering the first word in almost... More »

Hamas Warns of New Intifada

(Newser) - The political leader of Hamas is putting Israel on notice: Prepare for another Palestinian uprising if economic and military conditions do not improve. "I warn and under 'warn' I put many red lines," Khaled Meshaal told a Palestinian newspaper. Citing recent Israeli incursions and a year-old Western aid... More »

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