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February 22, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Ismail Haniya, who led the radical Islamic group Hamas to a stunning victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections, was tapped Tuesday to assemble a new government and serve as its prime minister. During a two-hour meeting, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally offered the leadership job to Haniya, a former university administrator who grew up in a refugee camp, was briefly exiled, and was jailed several times by Israel.
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April 6, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, presiding Wednesday over the first meeting of his Hamas-dominated Cabinet, declared that the government's coffers were empty and appealed for international assistance. But on a note of continuing defiance, Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official, denounced Israeli "aggression" and vowed that he and his ministers would forgo salaries until money was found to pay nearly 150,000 civil servants.
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January 27, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
First up was Al Jazeera. Then came the BBC. Ismail Haniya, the voice and face of the Islamist group Hamas, was hustled from one interview to the next, flanked by watchful, bearded bodyguards and trailed by a retinue of camera crews. Haniya was Hamas' top candidate in parliamentary elections Wednesday that yielded a stunning upset victory for the Palestinian militant group.
WORLD
February 22, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Ismail Haniya, who led the radical Islamic group Hamas to a stunning victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections, was tapped Tuesday to assemble a new government and serve as its prime minister. During a two-hour meeting, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally offered the leadership job to Haniya, a former university administrator who grew up in a refugee camp, was briefly exiled, and was jailed several times by Israel.
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April 6, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, presiding Wednesday over the first meeting of his Hamas-dominated Cabinet, declared that the government's coffers were empty and appealed for international assistance. But on a note of continuing defiance, Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official, denounced Israeli "aggression" and vowed that he and his ministers would forgo salaries until money was found to pay nearly 150,000 civil servants.
WORLD
February 10, 2006 | From Reuters
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Thursday that he would invite leaders of the militant group Hamas, who last month won a majority in the Palestinian parliament, to Moscow. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Putin said: "We haven't considered Hamas a terrorist organization. Today we must recognize that Hamas has reached power in Palestine as a result of legitimate elections, and we must respect the choice of the Palestinian people."
OPINION
November 28, 2006
WHETHER THE impetus was a shaky cease-fire in the Gaza Strip or President Bush's visit to the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday unexpectedly extended an olive branch to the Palestinians. If the Palestinian Authority -- including the Islamic party Hamas -- doesn't respond in kind, it will be yet another golden opportunity for Mideast peace squandered.
OPINION
February 27, 2006
MAKING THE TRANSITION from critic to participant is always difficult. Leaders of Hamas, after their shocking win in Palestinian elections last month, find themselves undergoing just such a transformation. As they try to assemble a working government, all parties in the Middle East will need to resist the temptation not just of violence but of impatience. This is a critical moment. Hamas may govern a short or a long time, but it will never again assume office for the first time.
WORLD
December 15, 2005 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
An airstrike in the Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians and wounded five others Wednesday as Israel continued targeting militants after a suicide bombing last week and sporadic rocket attacks from Gaza since then. Israeli military officials said a missile struck a car believed to be carrying Palestinian militants and explosives for a planned attack against the Karni crossing, the main cargo port between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
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June 12, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Two Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike Sunday in the northern Gaza Strip after the Palestinian group claimed responsibility for a rocket attack into southern Israel that left an Israeli man severely injured. Israel's military said its aircraft targeted fighters who were preparing to launch a Kassam rocket. Militants fired more than two dozen salvos during a day of stepped-up violence.
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January 27, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
First up was Al Jazeera. Then came the BBC. Ismail Haniya, the voice and face of the Islamist group Hamas, was hustled from one interview to the next, flanked by watchful, bearded bodyguards and trailed by a retinue of camera crews. Haniya was Hamas' top candidate in parliamentary elections Wednesday that yielded a stunning upset victory for the Palestinian militant group.
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April 15, 2005 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Palestinian militant groups threatened Thursday to abandon a fragile cease-fire after Israeli undercover troops shot and killed a wanted Palestinian militant in a West Bank refugee camp. A series of incidents over the last week has frayed the relative calm that took hold after the election of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in January. Last weekend, Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian boys under disputed circumstances in the southern Gaza Strip.
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February 6, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
The Israeli government agreed Sunday to release $55 million in taxes and customs duties it had withheld from the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority in the wake of Hamas' victory in last month's parliamentary elections. But Israeli leaders warned that future transfers of the funds collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority would hinge on the shape and tenor of the new Palestinian government. The money had been relayed automatically each month, under a long-standing economic agreement.
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