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First Palestinian embassy in W. Europe opens in Sweden

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C, right) speaks next to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom (C) during the inauguration of the Embassy of Palestine in central Stockholm February 10, 2015.

– Alray RT – The first-ever Palestinian embassy in Western Europe has opened in Sweden on Tuesday evening, the Swedish prime minister’s press service said. President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Stockholm for the event. “Your recognition…should push forward negotiations in the peace process,” Abbas said. Prime Minister Lofven has vowed aid to Palestine, but has also called on reforms. …

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Gaza: 28 trucks deliver cement in second post-war delivery


Twenty-eight cement trucks entered the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the second delivery of building material for the private sector since the 50-day war. Raed Fatuh, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official responsible for the entry of cargo into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing in Israel, confirmed that 28 trucks carrying 40 tons of cement each crossed into Gaza. The …

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Israel denies entry to eminent Norwegian Doctor, refuses claims of lifetime ban


Israel has blocked prominent Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering the state and thereby accessing Gaza, but denied on Monday that it has imposed a lifelong ban on the medic. Gilbert works at the University Hospital of North Norway’s Clinic of Emergency Medicine, and had volunteered Gaza City’s Shifa hospital during 2009’s 22-day war in which over 1,440 Palestinians were …

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EU laments Israeli settlements but denies sanction plans


The EU on Monday said that it deplored Israel’s plans to build new settlement blocs on occupied Palestinian territory but denied that it planned to impose sanctions on Israel. There was “no plan of this type”, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said when asked about the issue. “I saw an article in Haaretz which apparently referred to an internal …

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UN official warns of more Palestinian-Israeli violence


UN Assistant-Secretary General Jens Toyberg-Frandzen on Monday warned the UN Security Council that violence in the Palestinian territories and in Israel will likely worsen if the peace process does not get back on track soon. “Returning to negotiations has never been more important. Without a genuine commitment from the parties and an overall improvement in the lives of Palestinians, we …

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UN panel to investigate Israeli aggression in Gaza


On Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed a five-member panel to look into Israeli attacks on UN building in the Gaza Strip and discovery of Hamas weapons in UN sites during the Israeli aggression in the Palestinian enclave earlier this year. Ban had announced plans to investigate the war during last month’s trip to Gaza, after describing the Israeli …

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Palestinian government holds first cabinet meeting in Gaza


The Palestinian unity government on Thursday held its first meeting in the Gaza Strip as its rival factions presented a common goal ahead of an important donors’ conference. The meeting happened four months after the government was sworn in ensuing a landmark deal between Hamas and Fatah.The composition of the new unity government was decided by Fatah and Hamas in …

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Egypt: Fatah and Hamas reach agreement on unity government, will announce deal formally later


Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas have made a breakthrough in their talks in Cairo aimed at breathing  life into their unity government, negotiators from both factions said on Thursday. Neither party provided any details of their talks, but said that they would make an official announcement later in the day. Both Fatah and Hamas representatives, speaking on the condition of …

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Gaza: UN brokers deal for reconstruction material


On Tuesday, the United Nations mediated a Palestinian-Israeli deal on the import of construction material to the Gaza Strip to ensure that they will not be diverted by Hamas members, a UN envoy said. UN envoy for the Middle East Robert Serry said that the agreement on oversee the supply of construction material “must get up and running without delay”. …

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Hamas chief denies running parallel administration in Gaza


Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Friday denied that the Palestinian movement was running a “shadow government” in the Gaza Strip. Meshaal spoke in Tunisian capital city Tunis only days after Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas threatened to break the unity government with Hamas after he charged that Hamas was not letting the government operate in Gaza. “There is a national …

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