All is well that ends in a well!

Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it might seek new criminal charges against one of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad in 2007.
Palestinians vow unity as Israel peace talks teeter

Palestinian gather to celebrate the agreement to form a unity government in Gaza City, on April 23, 2014Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip forged a new reconciliation agreement on Wednesday, angering Israel at a time when peace talks are at a standstill. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas for choosing "Hamas, not peace", and a Netanyahu aide said he had called off a peace meeting with the Palestinians scheduled for Wednesday evening.



Play 'An Act of God' eyes space on Broadway

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2013 file photo show David Javerbaum accepting the award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the 66th Annual Tony Awards onstage at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Producer Jeffrey Finn said on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, he hopes to mount a stage adaptation of the humor book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God” on Broadway by 2015. The play, called “An Act of God,” will be adapted by the author, David Javerbaum. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Someone pretty critic-proof is coming to Broadway: The Almighty.



Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Palestinians have been divided since 2007 when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments.



Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and canceled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem.





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