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From Al-Azhar, Hamas PM salutes ‘heroic’ Syrians

By Samer al-Atrush / AFP CAIRO: Gaza premier Ismail Haniya on Friday hailed the “heroic” Syrian struggle for democracy during a rally in Cairo, in the first expression of support of the uprising by a Hamas leader. “I salute all the people of the Arab Spring, or rather the Islamic Winter,” Haniya told thousands of cheering …

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Palestinian unity likely to be real this time

By Daoud Kuttab AMMAN: Palestinian reconciliation took a major step forward recently following an agreement that included President Mahmoud Abbas taking on the additional position of prime minister. The Doha Agreement between leader of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, and Abbas that was signed earlier this month has led many to ask: has Hamas capitulated …

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Abbas, Meshaal delay Palestinian unity talks: Fatah

By Nasser Abu Bakr / AFP CAIRO: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and his rival Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Thursday postponed talks on forming a unified government, a Fatah official said, in a further delay to ending an almost five-year rift. The official with the Abbas-led party said the talks were postponed “because Hamas continues to …

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Hamas comes in from the cold

By Michael Bröning GAZA CITY: In the wake of revolutionary change in the Middle East, the forces of political Islam have scored one electoral victory after another. As the West grapples with the rapid rise of moderate Islamists in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt, the issue of Hamas’s role in the Palestinian territories looms large. The signing …

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Hamas denies involvement in Egypt uprising

By AFP CAIRO: Gaza’s Hamas premier Ismail Haniya on Thursday denied the Palestinian Islamist movement was involved in Egypt’s uprising last year, as claimed by Cairo’s former interior minister Habib Al-Adly. Speaking in court on Wednesday, the final day of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s trial, Al-Adly blamed Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and Hamas for sending …

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