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Abbas Names New Palestinian Prime Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked academic Rami Hamdallah to form a new Palestinian Cabinet in the West Bank.

Hamdallah, is president of Al-Najah University in Nablus, where he is an English professor. He is to replace Salam Fayyad who quit in April and formally leaves office this month. Fayyad, a U.S.-educated economist, frequently clashed with Abbas.

Hamdallah is a member of Mr. Abbas' Fatah Party, is chairman of the Palestinian stock exchange and has led the Palestinian Election Commission since 2002

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A handout photo released by the Curtis family shows Peter Theo Curtis (R), 45, with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey, August 26, 2014.

US Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Returns Home

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