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2006-08-30 15:25:05

By Wafa Amr and Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday voiced support for the formation of a Palestinian unity government that Palestinian leaders hope could ease foreign sanctions imposed after Hamas won elections. "This is a very important process," he said after meeting President Mahmoud Abbas, who has renewed efforts to create a partnership between his Fatah movement and the governing Hamas militant group. "If the...

2006-08-30 09:13:23

By Wafa Amr and Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday voiced support for the formation of a Palestinian unity government that Palestinian leaders hope could ease foreign sanctions imposed after Hamas won elections. "This is a very important process," he said after meeting President Mahmoud Abbas, who has renewed efforts to create a partnership between his Fatah movement and the governing Hamas militant group. "If the...

2006-08-30 08:29:44

By Wafa Amr and Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday voiced support for the formation of a Palestinian unity government that Palestinian leaders hope could ease foreign sanctions imposed after Hamas won elections. "This is a very important process," he said after meeting President Mahmoud Abbas, who has renewed efforts to create a partnership between his Fatah movement and the governing Hamas militant group. "If the...

2006-08-27 05:51:38

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Militants in the Gaza Strip released two kidnapped journalists from the American Fox News Channel on Sunday after forcing them at gunpoint to say in a videotape they had converted to Islam. Correspondent Steve Centanni, a 60-year-old American, and New Zealand-born cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, were in a hotel in the Palestinian coastal strip after two weeks of captivity. A previously unknown group called the Holy Jihad Brigades had made a sweeping...

2006-08-25 04:48:02

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Hamas-led Palestinian government said on Friday that progress was being made in efforts to secure the release of a Fox News correspondent and camera man seized by gunmen in the Gaza Strip. "Things are going in a positive direction," Palestinian Interior Minister Saeed Seyam of Hamas said in a statement, though he offered no details. The statement was the first on efforts by the Hamas-led government to free Fox correspondent Steve Centanni...

2006-08-24 08:24:07

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The wife of a television cameraman being held hostage with a Fox News correspondent in Gaza made a fresh appeal for their release on Thursday, a day after a video tape of the two men was issued by their captors. Speaking before meeting Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh, Anita McNaught, a former BBC presenter, urged the hostage-takers to understand that her husband, Olaf Wiig, and Fox correspondent Steve Centanni, were not their enemies....

2006-08-17 08:45:50

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday armed groups had agreed to stop firing rockets into Israel from Gaza, but militants said such a move would be dependent on Israel halting its offensive. "Yesterday all factions met and agreed on calm and stopping all actions that may give others a pretext to attack us," Abbas said in a speech at a graduation ceremony for 500 new recruits to his presidential security force. Israel, which pulled...

2006-08-16 09:14:21

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a leader of the militant Hamas group, said on Wednesday they would renew negotiations to form a unity government that might ease international isolation. Similar talks broke down in February between officials from Abbas's Fatah faction, Hamas and other groups over Hamas's refusal to accept peace deals between the Palestinians and Israel that would imply recognition of the...

2006-08-16 07:53:56

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a leader of the militant Hamas group, said on Wednesday they would renew negotiations to form a unity government that might ease international isolation. Similar talks broke down in February between officials from Abbas's Fatah faction, Hamas and other groups over Hamas's refusal to accept peace deals between the Palestinians and Israel that would imply recognition of the...

2006-08-16 06:47:19

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The wife of a New Zealand cameraman kidnapped by Palestinian gunman along with a U.S. television reporter appealed in Gaza on Wednesday for their release, saying their abduction was pointless. Cameraman Olaf Wiig and Fox News Channel reporter Steve Centanni, an American, were seized by masked gunmen on Monday in Gaza City. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. "I will not leave without him. I hope he is released soon," said...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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