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January 12, 2015

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

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Monday, January 12, 2015

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Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France.

44 world leaders attended the Paris march including French President François Hollande; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy; Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi; the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban; and the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba.

US Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley attended. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest responded to criticism for not sending a higher level representative on behalf of the United States: “It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile.” Earnest said the rally had been planned on Friday and President Obama attending the rally on such short notice presented “significant security challenges”. Secretary of State John Kerry said he already had a prior engagement in India.

Charlie Hebdo has previously published cartoons featuring the Islamic prophet Muhammed. These include original depictions and reprints of controversial cartoons originally by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Some of these cartoons were on display at the marches.

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Paris: flowers and tributes to the victims of the shooting.
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Paris march: a protester holding up two colouring pencils, in solidarity with journalists and cartoonists killed in the attack.
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Paris march: protestors holding up two giant pencils.
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Paris march: more protestors holding up giant pencils.
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Paris march: marchers fill the street.
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Paris march: more marchers filling the streets.
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Paris march.
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Paris march: marchers moving up Boulevard Beaumarchais.
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Paris march: marchers fill the platform at the Miromesnil Métro station.
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Bordeaux rally.
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Rally in Bourg-en-Bresse.
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Rally in Chambéry.
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Rally in Lyon.
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Rally in Rennes.
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A sign at the march in Rennes showing a number of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
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Rally in Rennes.
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Rally in Rennes.
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Rally at the Place Royale in Reims.
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French flag projected on to the side of the National Gallery in London as a sign of solidarity.
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Signs, pens, sketch pads and cartoons left as a memorial in Trafalgar Square in London.
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A pen held up as part of the rally in London’s Trafalgar Square.
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A man holding both a French and American flag at a rally in Daley Plaza in Chicago.
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A small rally in Cologne.
Image: Raimond Spekking.

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Candle lights at a rally in Moscow.
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Snow-covered flowers and tributes outside the office of the French Ambassador in Moscow.
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At the rally in Moscow.
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Rally in Stockholm.
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Rally in Stockholm.
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A pencil in the snow at the Stockholm rally.
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Rally in Vienna.
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Rally in Berlin.
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Rally in Brussels.
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September 4, 2010

Wikinews Shorts: September 4, 2010/Abbas, Netanyahu to meet regularly

Wikinews Shorts: September 4, 2010/Abbas, Netanyahu to meet regularly

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have agreed to meet again in 10–11 days within the region, and every two weeks thereafter, according to U.S. Middle East diplomat George Mitchell. The two leaders are engaged in the first direct talks between the nations in more than two years, hosted by Israel’s ally the United States in Washington, DC.

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September 3, 2010

Wikinews Shorts: September 2, 2010

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have agreed to meet again in 10–11 days within the region, and every two weeks thereafter, according to U.S. Middle East diplomat George Mitchell. The two leaders are engaged in the first direct talks between the nations in more than two years, hosted by Israel’s ally the United States in Washington, DC.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

No oil is reported leaking from the Woodward’s Oil fuel tanker The Nanny aground in the Northwest Passage off the coast of Nunavut. The 110 metre (360 ft) tanker was carrying 9 million liters (2.4 million gallons) of diesel fuel to remote settlements in Canada’s Arctic regions when it grounded on a sandbar. Last week the cruise ship Clipper Adventurer struck an uncharted rock in the same region, trapping 110 tourists and crew aboard for the two days it took the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker to reach the ship. On August 27th another Woodward’s tanker, the Mokami, ran aground near Pangnirtung.

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August 10, 2008

Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish dies at age 67

Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish dies at age 67

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish died Saturday in southern American state of Texas three days after heart surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Darwish’s poems are considered as an encapsulation of the Palestinian cause.

Palestinians in Ramallah went to the streets, some weeping, gathered around candles in the darkened streets and lit candles expressing their sadness.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of mourning.

“The passing of our great poet, Mahmoud Darwish, the lover of Palestine, the pioneer of the modern Palestinian cultural project, and the brilliant national leader, will leave a great gap in our political, cultural and national lives,” Abbas said. “Words cannot describe the depth of sadness in our hearts, Mahmoud, may God help us for your loss.”

A day after his death many intellectuals and politicians in the Middle East gave their tributes in honor of him.

Ahmed Fouad Negm, a famous Egyptian poet, told Reuters “[h]e translated the pain of the Palestinians in a magical way. He made us cry and made us happy and shook our emotions, Apart from being the poet of the Palestinian wound, which is hurting all Arabs and all honest people in the world, he is a master poet.”

“Mahmoud Darwish knew how to express the attachment of an entire people to its land and the absolute desire for peace. His message, which calls for coexistence, will continue to resonate and will eventually be heard”, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement.

Darwish will get the equivalent of a state funeral in the West Bank on Tuesday, the first since Yasser Arafat died in 2004.



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July 26, 2008

Six year old girl and five others killed, Hamas arrests 200 Palestinians

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Following a series of explosions in Gaza, killing five Palestinians including a six year old girl, the ruling party Hamas arrested 200 Palestinians, citing it as “only the beginning”. Many of the arrested are affiliated with the Islamist movement’s Fatah rivals who denies responsibility for the events. The detainees were transferred to a prison previously used by the Palestinian Authority and colloquially known as the “Guantanamo of Gaza”, after the controversial United States detention center.

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On Friday, a bomb exploded at a junction in the strip, killing five Hamas operatives along with a six year old girl. Another 15 bystanders were wounded. Hamas movement’s armed wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades told reporters that it was unknown who attacked the car on Gaza coastal road, adding that all of the passengers, including five Hamas militants, were killed. While the exact circumstances are still unclear, it is believed that the explosion was not a result of an unexpected eruption of explosives carried by the group. Hamas would not blame the rival Fatah faction directly for the incident but implied its involvement, issuing a statement blaming “members of the fugitive party”.

A third of its kind attack in a single day, it was an upgrade in the internal violence flare-ups. Earlier on Friday morning, a Palestinian was killed during an attack on a Gaza City coffee shop while a house of a Hamas parliament member had another bomb hurled at it.

The Gaza Strip has been under the control of the Islamist Hamas movement since June 2007, when it seized full control from Fatah, routing the security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a week of deadly infighting.



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April 16, 2008

Former US president Carter meets with former deputy-PM for Hamas

Former US president Carter meets with former deputy-PM for Hamas

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter met with Nasser al-Shaer on Tuesday. Shaer is a former education minister and a former Deputy Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. He is considered a high-ranking member of Hamas.

During a visit to the West Bank, Carter laid a wreath upon the grave site of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. Carter then met with Shaer, whom he greeted with a hug and kisses to both cheeks, according to a member of Carter’s delegation.

Shaer told Reuters that he and Carter had a face-to-face meeting and that they discussed brokering an unofficial truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June of 2007. Carter’s office has declined to comment on the closed meeting.

“Carter asked what he can do to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel … and I told him the possibility for peace is high,” Shaer said.

Carter told reporters that he wanted to go to the Gaza Strip, but was not allowed. Reuters reports that Israel, citing a member of Carter’s delegation, denied the visit.

“I haven’t been able to get permission to go into Gaza. I would like to. I asked for permission. But I was turned down. But maybe we can find a way to circumvent that,” Carter said.

U.S. and Israeli officials have both expressed disapproval of Carter’s visit. Both countries have sought to marginalize Hamas, while they try to negotiate a peace with Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority who hails from the Fatah party. They see Carter’s mission as counterproductive to their efforts.

Carter “in effect is undermining a current policy which is not just American but held by many others,” said U.S. Representative Howard Berman to the Associated Press. Berman is the chairperson for the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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—Jimmy Carter

Friday, Carter is scheduled to meet in Damascus, Syria with Khaled Mashal, who is considered the political leader of Hamas and is the head of its Syrian branch.

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—U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, Chairperson, Committee on Foreign Affairs

Yigal Palmor, an official with the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, “The official Hamas position until this day is that it won’t negotiate with Israel or recognize it under any circumstance … Jimmy Carter has dignified this position with his presence, and one cannot but wonder how this attitude is supposed to promote peace and understanding.”

“Since Syria and Hamas will have to be involved in a final peace agreement, they have to be involved in discussions that lead to final peace,” Jimmy Carter told reporters in Ramallah.

“Jimmy Carter’s view of the forces at work in the Middle East and how he likes to attribute blame and responsibility is so warped to my way of thinking that I’m skeptical of any initiative he undertakes,” said Howard Berman.

While in Israel, Carter met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, who criticized the planned meeting with Mashal. Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister of Israel did not receive Carter.



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March 23, 2008

Cheney meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders

Cheney meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

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United States Vice President Dick Cheney met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Sunday. Cheney met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Primer Minister Ehud Olmert and their Palestinian counterparts, the moderate President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as part of a tour of the Middle East.

Cheney told Palestinians that continuing violence against ill damage efforts for a Palestinian state. Cheney noted “Terror and rockets do not merely kill innocent civilians, they also kill the legitimate hopes and aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

The Vice President remarked he is committed towards a Palestinian state, quoting President George W. Bush, “The establishment of the state of Palestine is long overdue. The Palestinian people deserve it.” Cheney also noted that “Achieving that vision will require tremendous effort at the negotiating table and painful concessions on both sides.”

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—U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney

Abbas condemned rocket attacks against Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, but also told Israel to ease their restrictions on Palestinians. He also noted that Israel needs to stop building settlements within the West Bank. Abbas noted that, “Peace and stability will not be achieved through a settlement expansion, or the setting up of checkpoints around towns and villages, and the military escalation against Gaza, nor the incursions, continuous incursions into West Bank villages and towns.”

Cheney met earlier in the day with Shimon Peres, the Israeli president. Both men spoke of Iran, with Peres noting upfront that Iran and their leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to “build their two satellites — the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Hamas in Gaza … Nobody can console us and say that the declarations of Ahmadinejad are less serious than they are; we have to take it seriously, out of experience.”

Cheney noted that the Bush administration is pledged to the peace process and also referenced Iran but not directly, “We’re obviously dedicated to doing all we can as an administration to try to move the peace process forward, and also obviously actively involved in dealing with the threats that we see emerging in the region — not only threats to Israel, but threats to the United States, as well.”

Cheney met with Prime Minister Olmert on Saturday and told Olmert that, “The United States will never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security.” He also told Olmert that the United States backs Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks but that America was also working for a peace deal between Israel and the moderate Fatah-controlled Palestinian government in the West Bank.

Abbas lost control of the Gaza Strip to the rival Hamas party last year. Abbas, who is the leader of the more moderate Fatah party currently runs the Palestinian government located in the West Bank, the other Palestinian territory.



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March 7, 2008

Gunman kills eight at Jerusalem school

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Gunman kills eight at Jerusalem school

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Friday, March 7, 2008

A building at Mercaz HaRav

On Thursday night, a Palestinian gunman entered the library at the Mercaz HaRav, an orthodox religious seminary, in Jerusalem, Israel. He opened fire with an automatic weapon, killing eight people and wounding another ten.

This is the most lethal attack on Israeli civilians in two years and the first attack in Jerusalem in more than three years.

“A terrorist infiltrated the Mercaz HaRav seminary and opened fire. He was killed in an exchange of fire and apparently had an explosives belt,” said police spokesperson Shmuel Ben Ruby.

Police chief Aharon Franco said the attack was carried out by a lone gunman who “hid the weapon in a cardboard box.” He said the gunman was subsequently killed by an Israeli army officer who, living nearby, ran to the school after hearing gunfire.

Seminary student Yitzhak Dadon, however, claims that he shot the gunman. “He came out of the library spraying automatic fire. … The terrorist came to the entrance and I shot him twice in the head,” Dadon told reporters.

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—Mayor Uri Lupolianski

“I saw the gunman and he fired a long burst in the air. But then he disappeared. I saw him again when he approached the door of the library. I shot him twice in the head. He started to sway and then someone else with a rifle fired at him, and he died,” Dadon said.

Hamas sent a text message to reporters, stating, “We bless the (Jerusalem) operation. It will not be the last,” but it did not claim responsibility. Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior spokesperson for Hamas, said the group “blesses the heroic operation in Jerusalem, which was a natural reaction to the Zionist massacre,” referring to the recent Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip which killed at least 58 Palestinian civilians.

“It’s very sad tonight in Jerusalem. Many people were killed in the heart of Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel said, “terrorists are trying to destroy the chances of peace but we will certainly continue peace talks.”

President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, who recently froze peace talks with Israel, condemned the attack in Jerusalem.



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March 2, 2008

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cuts ties with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cuts ties with Israel

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The President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas has cut all diplomatic ties and relations with Israel including any and all communications.

Abbas made his decision after recent Israeli crackdown on Palestinian militants has left over 100 people dead and dozens injured. On Saturday March 1, 70 Palestinians were killed in clashes. At least two soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force were also killed.

Abbas says that he will continue his silence towards Israel until “all aggression” against Palestine is stopped.

“The negotiations are suspended, as are all contacts on all levels, because in light of the Israeli aggression such communication has no meaning. The Israeli government has decided to prosecute an unjust war and the open slaughter of our people. It bears sole responsibility for the hindering the peace process and all the effects and consequences of this decision,” said Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for Abbas in a statement to the media.

According to reports by Africasia quoting Agence France-Presse (AFP), Israel calls the move by Abbas a mistake.

“Suspending peace talks is a mistake and it gives the keys to the negotiations to Hamas,” said an Israeli official to AFP who was not named.

The United States among other nations have called for Israel to stop its strikes, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that “nothing will prevent us from continuing operations to protect our citizens.”



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January 11, 2008

Hamas leader criticizes Bush\’s Middle East visit

Hamas leader criticizes Bush’s Middle East visit

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One of the leaders of the Islamist Hamas movement on Friday said President Bush’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories would only end up hurting Palestinians.

Hamas militants and their supporters in the Gaza Strip staged noisy demonstrations over the past few days as President Bush held talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials, trying to “nudge” them forward towards a peace deal by the end of his presidency.

Hamas rejects any such peace deal and refuses to recognize Israel. The group is considered a terrorist organization by the international community.

Speaking after Friday prayers in Gaza City, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said President Bush’s visit was meant to reinforce Palestinian divisions.

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It was made clear that Haniyeh did not support Bush’s visit he said “Bush gave Israel all the required pledges to solidify its occupation and to wipe out basic Palestinian rights and sacred issues, while he gave the Palestinians more illusions and slogans, and loose words that only express the deception which has characterized this visit.”

Haniyeh says Mr. Bush’s visit is sowing the seeds for an internal Palestinian war, and he called U.S. policy in the region a failure.

Hamas seized power in Gaza in a violent takeover last June, ousting Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Since then the Palestinian territories have been divided, with Hamas in control of Gaza and Fatah in control in the West Bank. President Abbas has appointed a caretaker government in the West Bank that has received widespread recognition, and he resumed peace negotiations with Israel.

One of Mr. Abbas’ senior negotiators in talks with the Israelis is Saeb Erekat. He says on balance Palestinians who support the peace process welcomed Mr. Bush’s visit, but now it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to advance the process.

“There are things he said we agree with, there are things he said we disagree with. Now, as far as decisions required, for the issues of Jerusalem, borders, settlements, refugees, water, security and prisoners, these decisions must be done and made by Palestinians and Israelis, nobody else,” said Erekat.

During his visit to the area, President Bush called on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands but he also said one of the biggest obstacles to peace is in Gaza, and that Palestinians must be able to show Israel they can control security in their areas.



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