Abbas rejects ‘biased’ US as sole Mideast mediator

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, accuses US President Donald Trump’s administration of undermining efforts towards a two-State solution.

Abbas condemns Israeli ‘massacres’ after Gaza violence

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemns Israeli “massacres” along the Gaza border after Israeli forces killed 52 Palestinians during clashes and protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday February 20th: Florida students travel to speak with state lawmakers; President Abbas speaks at the UN Security Council; Deadly attacks hit rebel-held areas of Syria; Panda triplets celebrate Lunar New Year.

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Abbas calls for Mideast peace conference in rare UN speech

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas calls for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.

Abbas remains committed to peace process: Palestinian FM

In an interview with AFP, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki says Mahmud Abbas will “reiterate his commitment to the peace process” in the Middle East during a visit with EU leaders. SOUNDBITE

Abbas to ask EU to recognise Palestinian state: minister

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will ask the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine when he meets foreign ministers from the bloc on Monday, says Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki in an AFP interview. SOUNDBITE

Abbas calls Trump’s peace efforts ‘slap of the century’

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas denounces US President Donald Trump’s peace efforts as the “slap of the century”, at a key meeting on the White House’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Emmanuel Macron meets with Mahmud Abbas at the Elysée

Emmanuel Macron meets with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas two weeks after receiving Isareli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. IMAGES of Abbas arriving at the Elysée Palace

Abbas told Trump Jerusalem moves “unacceptable”: spokesperson

A spokesman for the Palestinian president say Mahmoud Abbas told US President Donald Trump in a phone call that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognising the city as Israel’s capital “would be unacceptable and would be rejected completely by the Palestinian side.”