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2008-08-17 12:00:14

Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to release 200 Palestinian prisoners at the urging of outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert agreed to the prisoner release earlier this month as a goodwill gesture after talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Israeli cabinet codified the deal with a 16-4 vote, a source told CNN. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told the broadcaster the prisoner release was set for Aug. 25. Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti would not be...

2008-08-04 09:00:17

Palestinian supporters of the Fatah faction who fled to Israel from Gaza during weekend fighting will be transferred to the West Bank, officials said Monday. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly made the decision late Sunday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said. The group of 188 Palestinians showed up Saturday at a checkpoint along the Gaza-Israel border pleading to enter the country to escape militants from the rival Hamas faction, which has controlled Gaza since last year. The...

2008-08-03 00:00:02

By Ibrahim Barzak Four people were killed and at least 40 injured yesterday in the worst day of internal fighting in Gaza for weeks. Amid loud explosions and gunfire in Gaza City, Hamas security forces took control of a Fatah stronghold and arrested dozens of people. The fighting raged for most of the day in the Shijaiyeh neighbourhood, which is home to 100,000 people. It began after Hamas fighters raided the family home of the Fatah-linked Hilles clan, looking for suspects in a car-bomb...

2008-08-01 09:00:20

Hamas security forces in Gaza arrested key members of the Fatah militants Friday following last week's deadly explosion in Gaza, Fatah sources said. Senior members, including some suspected top leaders, of the militant faction of Fatah were arrested, reported KUNA, the Kuwaiti news agency said. The explosion, condemned by Fatah's more mainstream factions and other organizations, killed five members of the Izzddin al-Qassam Brigade, the military arm of Hamas. Meanwhile, Palestinian...

2008-07-30 06:00:44

Wataniya Palestine Mobile Telecommunications Company (WPT) and its shareholders Wataniya Telecom (National Mobile Telecommunications Company NMTC; 51% owned by Qatar Telecom QSC (Qtel) and the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) have announced the receipt of an official communication from the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MTIT) confirming that an agreement has been reached for spectrum to be allocated to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The...

2008-07-29 15:00:31

According to Doha Securities Market: Wataniya Palestine Mobile Telecommunications Company (WPT) and its shareholders Wataniya Telecom (National Mobile Telecommunications Company NMTC; 51% owned by Qatar Telecom QSC (Qtel)) and the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) are pleased to announce receipt of an official communication from the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MTIT) confirming that an agreement has been reached for spectrum to be allocated to the...

2008-07-29 06:00:25

By Isabel Kershner Tension between the rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah spread Monday from Gaza to the West Bank, with reports of the Fatah- dominated Palestinian Authority security forces detaining more than 50 activists and academics associated with Hamas. The timing of the arrests, which were focused in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, appeared to be in retaliation for a broad Hamas sweep against Fatah members and institutions in Gaza over the weekend. Hamas's action...

2008-07-27 09:00:19

Text of report in English by pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Centre website on 27 July [Unattributed report from Gaza: "Hamas: AMB Threats Against the Movement Are Not Unusual"] The Hamas Movement stated on 26 July that the threats made by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, to eradicate the movement in the West Bank, are not startling in light of its high- level security coordination with the Israeli occupation. In an exclusive statement to the PIC, Dr Sami Abu...

2008-07-23 06:00:11

By Anthony H. Cordesman Having just returned from the Middle East, I find it hard to have much optimism about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel sees Hamas' control of Gaza as a situation it cannot do anything about. It also must deal with a weak and divided Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, increased arms smuggling and a growing threat from Israeli Arabs. Palestinians see a steady growth in Israeli settlements and restrictions, a weak Israeli government and...

2008-07-20 12:00:20

Excerpt from report by Palestinian news agency Wafa website ["His Excellency in Joint Press Conference with British Prime Minister: Deeply Concerned Over the Fact That Israel Does Not Abide by Principles, Spirit of the Annapolis Conference" - WAFA headline] Bethlehem, 20 Jul (WAFA) - [Passage omitted] For his part, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged to present additional $60 million to the PNA: $30 million for the PNA budget, thus raising the overall sum his country transferred...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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