Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas who agreed in principle with Hamas last month to form a unity government for the divided Palestinian territories. Yesterday a Hamas spokesman said Mr Hamdallah’s appointment threw that into doubt. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas named British-educated political independent Rami Hamdallah as new prime minister yesterday, a move that was immed(...)

Salam Fayyad (left) with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who accepted his resignation this month as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

On April 13th, Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad resigned. It was an easy development to miss, but not one to be ignored. It wa(...)

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’s resignation was accepted by President Mahmoud Abbas  despite intense pressure from Washington and European Union donor states. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

The resignation of Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has cast uncertainty over the future of the Palestinian Authority and made efforts t(...)

A Hamas militant holds a poster of Maysara Abu Hamdiya before a protest in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Israeli warplanes struck targets early today in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire toward southern Israel, the first air strikes launche(...)