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Egypt says Palestinian rivals agree to enact unity deal

CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - An Egyptian official said the leaders of the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah factions had agreed at talks in Cairo on Wednesday to implement a long-delayed reconciliation pact, although it was unclear if the deal would extend beyond holding more talks.Full story

Abbas sees Palestinian unity as Fatah rallies in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas predicted the end of a five-year split between the two big Palestinian factions as his Fatah movement staged its first mass rally in Gaza with the blessing of Hamas Islamists who rule the enclave. Full story

Fatah party stages first rally in Gaza since 2007

The Fatah party of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is staging its first rally in the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip since 2007, reflecting warming ties between the two rival factions. Full story

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Palestinians wave yellow Fatah flags during celebrations marking the 48th anniversary of the Fatah movement in Gaza City, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. The secular-leaning Fatah party staged a massive rally Friday in the Gaza Strip, the first such gathering in the territory since the Islamist Hamas group vi

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ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 1430 GMT ON JANUARY 4, 2013MJS10A masked Palestinian wearing a Fatah headband takes part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW

A masked Palestinian wearing Fatah headband takes part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement in Gaza City
A masked Palestinian wearing Fatah headband takes part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement in Gaza City

A masked Palestinian wearing a Fatah headband takes part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City January 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians joined a rare rally staged by President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group in Gaza on Friday, as tensio

Women wave Palestinian and Fatah flags during a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City
Women wave Palestinian and Fatah flags during a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City

Women wave Palestinian and Fatah flags during a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City January 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians joined a rare rally staged by President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group in Gaza on Friday, as tensions ease with

Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement in Gaza City
Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement in Gaza City

Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem