Fatah - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Fatah Ruling Fatah party fares poorly in Palestinian elections RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah Party posted a poor showing in Palestinian municipal elections across the West Bank, even though the rival Islamic Hamas movement stayed out of the race, according to results announced Sunday. The vote reflected public discontent with Abbas and his Fatah movement, whose popularity has sunk ... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:40:00Z Palestinian West Bank local elections a test for Fatah party HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians choose mayors and local councils in communities across the West Bank on Saturday, a rare chance to cast ballots after more than a decade without presidential or legislative elections. Tribal loyalties often trump party affiliation at the local level, but the vote is also seen as a test for the embattled, nepotism-tain... Sat, 13 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-05-13T15:03:00Z New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The newly elected leader of Hamas paid tribute in Gaza on Monday to Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, his first appearance in the new role and a sign of the group's internal power shift from the diaspora to the Hamas-ruled territory. Since the Palestinian group's founding 30 years ago, its top leaders had moved betwe... Mon, 08 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-08T17:17:00Z Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group's leader GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas Islamic militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip announced Saturday it had chosen its former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh as the group's new political chief. Haniyeh succeeds Hamas' longtime exiled leader Khaled Mashaal, and the move comes shortly after Gaza's rulers unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmat... Sat, 06 May 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-05-06T17:39:00Z New Hamas program softens language, but some goals remain GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant Hamas on Monday unveiled what had been billed as a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's international isolation. With the new manifesto, Hamas rebrands itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather than a branch of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, which ha... Tue, 02 May 2017 07:15:00 GMT 2017-05-02T07:15:00Z Airstrike kills 8 family members in northern Syria BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike killed eight family members, five of them children, as they fled fighting between U.S.-allied Syrian forces and Islamic State militants on Monday, according to local activists, who said the strike appeared to have been launched by the U.S.-led coalition. Al-Qaida's leader meanwhile urged his followers and other militants in Syri... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-04-24T17:26:00Z Israel: No talks with Palestinian inmates on hunger strike JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel will not negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who launched a hunger strike to press for better conditions, a government minister said Tuesday, adding that the organizer of the protest has been placed in solitary confinement. If sustained, the strike led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed during the second ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-04-18T17:21:00Z Al-Qaida steps up violence against Syrian government BEIRUT (AP) — Under pressure from fellow insurgents and escalating airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, Syria's al-Qaida branch is stepping up violence against President Bashar Assad's strongholds with precise, high-profile attacks, including a surprising breach of the capital in the most serious infiltration in years. Sunday's attack, in which insurgent... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-03-20T18:42:00Z Al-Qaida-linked group claims deadly attack in Syrian capital BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility Sunday for twin blasts near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus that killed at least 40 people as a suspected airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition killed at least 17 in northern Syria, activists said. The Levant Liberation Committee said in a statement that the atta... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:30:00 GMT 2017-03-12T17:30:00Z Hamas names shadowy militant as new leader in Gaza GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has named a shadowy militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, an official media outlet confirmed on Monday, placing one of the Islamic militant group's most hard-line figures in charge of its core power base. The appointment of Yehiya Sinwar, who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap after two decades... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-02-13T15:27:00Z Russia urges caution on US plan for safe zones in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Trump administration's expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in Syria was greeted Thursday with caution by Russia and Turkey, which have taken the lead in the latest peace efforts to end the Mideast country's devastating six-year war. Turkey said it had always supported the idea, but both Ankara and Moscow warned such... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:19:00 GMT 2017-01-26T18:19:00Z Battles escalate between Syria rebels, al-Qaida-affiliate BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked militants attacked a prison Wednesday where its fighters are held by other Syrian rebels in escalating violence in northern Syria after Russian-led talks urged mainstream insurgents to break with the extremists. The infighting, some of the worst in recent years, is likely to weaken the rebellion but also could help isolate th... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:12:00 GMT 2017-01-25T18:12:00Z Syria powerbrokers endorse cease-fire deal at talks ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Russia, Iran and Turkey presented a united front at the conclusion of two days of talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, pledging support for the country's shaky cease-fire and a joint mechanism to ensure compliance. They did not specify how that would work, and continued differences among the... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-01-24T19:06:00Z Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a major shift in the war's dynamics and confirmed Russia's role as regional heavyweight. The gathering in Astana, the Kazakh capital, is the latest in a long li... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-01-23T21:14:00Z The Latest: Trump willing to work with Russia against IS BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The Trump administration says it is willing to partner with Moscow to combat the Islamic State group. In his first daily White House press briefing, press secret... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:27:00 GMT 2017-01-23T19:27:00Z Syria talks may signal shift in conflict dynamics BEIRUT (AP) — Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war. The talks are sponsored by Russia and Iran, allies of Syrian President Bash... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:22:00 GMT 2017-01-23T12:22:00Z Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 6 BEIRUT (AP) — A large explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians along the Syrian-Jordanian border Saturday, killing at least six, and wounding many others, opposition activists said. The explosion near the border came despite the fragile Dec. 30 cease-fire, sponsored by Russia and Turkey who back opposite sides of the conflict. Syria continues to be beset by violence, i... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-01-21T18:30:00Z Opposition: Airstrikes in northern Syria kill 10 militants BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes in the northern Syrian province of Idlib killed at least 10 suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of targeted attacks against the group, activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 10 were killed when missiles struck two vehicles and three motorcycles in the airs... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-01-11T16:40:00Z Car bomb near Syrian capital kills 5 BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb exploded Sunday in a government-held area outside the Syrian capital, killing at least five people and wounding 15, state media said. The car bomb was detonated outside Sasa, southwest of Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-run monitoring group, said the explosion near a government checkpoint killed four, in... Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:39:00 GMT 2017-01-08T13:39:00Z The Latest: Hezbollah ends temporary truce in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local): 8:45 p.m. A media arm of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has announced that an hours-long cease-fire for a contested valley in Syria has expired. The Barada Valley is the Syrian capital's primary source of water. Supplies to four... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:43:00 GMT 2017-01-06T18:43:00Z Despite Syria truce, car bomb kills 10 in Assad stronghold BEIRUT (AP) — A large explosion rocked a Syrian government-held coastal town on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens — an attack that was a stark remainder of the prevailing insecurity in the war-torn country despite a nearly week-old cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey. The explosion shook a main street in Jableh, in the coastal ... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:13:00 GMT 2017-01-05T20:13:00Z Airstrike in Syria kills 8 jihadi militants BEIRUT (AP) — An air raid has struck several cars in northwestern Syria, killing at least eight people, including al-Qaida-linked fighters and a senior commander with a Chinese Islamic militant faction, an activist group and a local jihadi commander said Monday. The attack occurred late Sunday on a road leading from the town of Sarmada to the Bab al-Hawa ... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:37:00 GMT 2017-01-02T16:37:00Z Hundreds flee fighting near Syria's capital despite truce BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of civilians fled a mountainous region outside the Syrian capital on Sunday, where government forces were battling several insurgent groups, including an al-Qaida-linked outfit excluded from a recent nationwide cease-fire. The Syrian military said some 1,300 people fled the Barada Valley region since Saturday. The region has been th... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 19:44:00 GMT 2017-01-01T19:44:00Z Palestinian president ready to work with Trump for peace RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump to reach a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel. Abbas spoke Saturday at an event marking the anniversary of his Fatah party. He said "We want to emphasize our willingness to work with the newly-elected A... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:58:00 GMT 2016-12-31T20:58:00Z Russia-Turkey cease-fire deal offers new hope for Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The cease-fire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey and approved by the Syrian government and some of its most powerful rebel opponents is a potential turning point in the Syrian civil war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and laid waste to huge parts of the country over the past six years. Thursday's announcement comes da... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:07:00 GMT 2016-12-29T18:07:00Z Two-thirds of Palestinians no longer believe in 2-state deal RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Two-thirds of Palestinians believe a two-state solution to their conflict with Israel is no longer possible, a poll said Tuesday. The share of those who lost faith in such a deal rose from 56 percent in September to 65 percent now, probably due to an acceleration of settlement activity, said the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey research. ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:48:00 GMT 2016-12-13T14:48:00Z In West Bank, Fatah vote shows politics an old man's game RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The recent conference of the ruling Fatah party sent a disheartening message to young Palestinians: Most of those elected to top positions were in their 60s and 70s, signaling that politics under octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas is an old man's game and that it is unlikely that fresh ideas on winning statehood will emerge from this group of vet... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:39:00 GMT 2016-12-07T19:39:00Z Palestinian Fatah party ends conference with boost for Abbas RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tightened his hold on the governing Fatah party and shut out a key rival, according to results Sunday of leadership elections in the movement that has dominated West Bank politics for decades. The election comes as senior Fatah members are battling behind the scenes to succeed Abbas one day. T... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:58:00 GMT 2016-12-04T15:58:00Z Palestinian leader seeks Trump support for independence RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Wednesday expressed hope that President-elect Donald Trump will support the Palestinian quest for independence, saying little is known about the incoming American leader's policies. In a sprawling speech that lasted well over three hours to his Fatah Party, President Mahmoud Abbas said he hopes that ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:24:00 GMT 2016-11-30T20:24:00Z