MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS ABBAS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, pauses as he heads a meeting of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, June 14, 2007. Abbas on Thursday declared a state of emergency, fired Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, dismantled the Hamas-Fatah coalition and said he would form a new government. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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