Palestinian ‘birdman’ watches over the West Bank

Anton Khalilieh, a Palestinian man who specializes in birds, conducts research and observations of bird migrations in the West Bank in the hope to make bird watching more popular in Palestine. Khalilieh is the executive director of Nature Palestine Society, a new small NGO seeking to document all the birds in the occupied West Bank and eventually establish observatory stations for foreign and Palestinian twitchers.

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