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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in West Bank

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (L) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) review an honour guard in the West Bank town of Jericho upon the latter's arrival from the Jordanian capital Amman across the Allenby Bridge border crosssing on January 18, 2011 on his first visit to the occupied territories. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (L) welcomes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the West Bank town of Jericho upon his arrival from the Jordanian capital Amman across the Allenby Bridge border crosssing on January 18, 2011 on his first visit to the occupied territories. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (C) reviews an honour guard upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Jericho for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas January 18, 2011. Medvedev drove into the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday for talks with Abbas on reviving the moribund Middle East peace process. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (L) welcomes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) in the West Bank town of Jericho upon his arrival from the Jordanian capital Amman across the Allenby Bridge border crosssing on January 18, 2011 on his first visit to the occupied territories. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (L) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) review an honour guard in the West Bank town of Jericho upon the latter's arrival from the Jordanian capital Amman across the Allenby Bridge border crosssing on January 18, 2011 on his first visit to the occupied territories. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Kremlin says Palestinian leadership should take into account HAMAS position

PHOTO FILE : Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters after meeting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow February 8, 2010

MOSCOW, January 17 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) –The Palestinian Authority should take into account the position of HAMAS, presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said.

He believes that the Middle East conflict can be resolved “through political dialogue and by taking into account the position of HAMAS.”

“We think it necessary to take into account the real situation because HAMAS is a real political force, and everyone should heed them, at least to the degree to which they reflect the opinion of their voters,” the aide said ahead of President Dmitry Medvedev’s upcoming visit to the Palestinian Authority slated for January 18.  (*)

 
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Medvedev wants to discuss inter-religious dialogue in Mideast trip

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev

MOSCOW, January 17 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) – During his trip to Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expects to discuss issues of support for people of different nationalities and beliefs.

“Tomorrow I am heading for a visit to Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority,” the president said at a meeting with the leadership of the Federal Assembly. He reminded the audience that over the recent years Russia has built and continues building churches, museums and hotels for pilgrims in the Holy Land.

“All that strengthens Russian traditions,” the president believes. “We will also speak with colleagues about support for other nationalities and beliefs in our country,” Medvedev said.  (*)

 
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Palestinian Authority Preparing for Medvedev Visit on Wednesday

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Jan 18 (KATAKAMI.COM / IsraelNationalNews.Com) — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is preparing for a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Jericho on Wednesday.

The PA police force and the rest of its security apparatus finished their preparations on Monday. Jericho’s mayor, police chief and regional governor toured the width and breadth of the city Monday to view the preparations for receiving the visiting dignitary in a respectable, if not fancy way.

During the Middle East trip, which starts on Tuesday, Medvedev will be visiting Jordan, as well as the PA.

His visit to Israel was cancelled because of employee sanctions at the foreign ministry. The Voice of Russia website says that Medvedev will meet President Shimon Peres during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in February.  (*)

 
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Doctors: Giffords Smiling at Husband

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband, space shuttle astronaut Mark Kelly, are seen in an undated handout photo provided by her Congressional campaign, January 8, 2011. Giffords was hit in a shooting on Saturday at a public event of the Congresswoman's at a Tucson, Arizona grocery store that also injured at least nine other people, hospital and law enforcement sources said. REUTERS/Giffords for Congress/PK Weis/Handout

Jan 18 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — The husband of the Arizona congresswoman shot in the head during a shooting rampage this month says her condition has improved to the point where she gave him a 10-minute neck massage from her hospital room.

U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly said in an interview with ABC News that the action is typical of Giffords, who he said is always looking out for others. Giffords is in the intensive care unit at a Tucson hospital.

Kelly also said he would be willing to meet with the parents of 22-year-old Jared Loughner, the man charged in the shooting spree that killed six people and wounded more than a dozen others in Tucson. Kelly told the network that Loughner’s parents must be in a tremendous amount of pain because of the situation.

Giffords’ condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. Doctors treating Giffords say Kelly reported that he saw her smile. They say such encounters imply that Giffords is recognizing him and interacting perhaps in a more familiar way with him.

Separately, the doctors say Giffords had minor surgery to repair a fracture in the roof of her eye socket. They also say she is at the same baseline as before the procedure.

Giffords was shot as she met with constituents outside a grocery store January 8. The dead included a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

The U.S. House of Representatives resumes work this week, after a one-week suspension following the attack on Giffords. The top item on the agenda for the new House Republican majority is to try to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform initiative.

Doctors have voiced optimism regarding Giffords’s chances of recovery, saying she could be released from the hospital and moved into a rehabilitation facility within “days to weeks.” Recently, she has opened her eyes and is responding to simple commands. Doctors say she is breathing on her own.

Loughner, the suspect, has been charged with five federal felony counts, including the attempted assassination of a member of the U.S. Congress.

Officials say his trial likely will be held outside of Arizona because the federal judge, John Roll, was among those killed. (*)

 
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