Ramallah, Feb 18 (IANS) Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a “tentative agreement” on forming a unity government, a senior Fatah official said on Wednesday.
Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said the preliminary agreement was reached during the two-day dialogue held in Qatar on February 7 between leaders of the two rival groups, Xinhua reported.
Besides forming a unity Palestinian government, the meeting also decided on a specific date for holding the presidential and parliamentary elections “within six months to one year,” said Zaki.
He added that contacts on high levels are continuing between the leaderships of the two groups in order to reach a final understanding on the mechanisms of implementing the agreement.
A new date is to be fixed soon for holding another round of dialogue in Doha to finalise all related issues, said Zaki, reaffirming that any final deal “has to be guaranteed for immediate implementation”.
Among the sticky and outstanding issues is the question of paying regular monthly salaries to around 45,000 employees appointed by Hamas after the movement’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007.
Handing over security affairs and control on crossing points either between Gaza and Israel or between Gaza and Egypt was another outstanding issue that was deeply discussed in the last session of dialogue, according to Zaki.
The senior Fatah official also clarified that the current Palestinian situation and the ongoing changes in the region have urged the two sides to seriously think of ending the internal Palestinian split.
“In case the two sides reach a final agreement, President Mahmoud Abbas will immediately head to Qatar to sign the agreement with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal,” said Zaki.
When Ryan Reynolds was considered a ‘moving target’
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds says there was a time when he was considered a moving target.
The actor has shared how growing up with three older brothers prepared him to play Wade Wilson, aka Marvel’s Deadpool, reports people.com.
“It’s intense when you’re the youngest of four boys,” Reynolds, 39, said.
“You sort of cultivate all these other aspects, survival aspects, that you wouldn’t normally cultivate, you know, being the oldest.”
He continued: “It’s something I always related to and I think that’s why I connected to the character 11 years ago. As a kid, I was the youngest of four boys. I wasn’t considered a younger brother, I was considered a moving target.”
Reynolds, who plays the role of a “kind of hyper-funny, hyper-violent, but very meta” superhero, admitted that growing up in a house full of boys wasn’t exactly easy, but proved to be beneficial.
“The way I stayed alive was with my mouth because I’m not going to win with my fists,” he said. “I felt like I was sort of rehearsing for ‘Deadpool’ from the get-go.”
Pizza Hut mocks Kanye West’s debt rant
Rapper Kanye West recently announced he owed $ 53million in a string of social media posts. Seeing the tweets, food chain Pizza Hut stepped up and offered the rapper a job.
There have been many responses to West’s recent Twitter rant about his millions of debt, but Pizza Hut just won hands down, reports mirror.co.uk.
The rapper announced he owed $53million recently in a string of social media posts, writing: “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…”
But as fans reacted to the news online, the rapper later took to Twitter to defend himself, admitting he needed the extra money to “bring more beautiful ideas to the world”.
After the string of tweets, the food chain offered the rapper a job.
Their Twitter page wrote: “Stop telling everyone you need dough and try kneading some dough. We got your C.V. today. You start at 9am tomorrow.”
After West wrote: “But I need access to more money in order to bring more beautiful ideas to the world,” they responded: “We’re sorry Kanye. We just can’t accept this. Please give us a call.”
Alongside it was a mocked up CV, with his “skills” including “rapping, fashion design, keeping straight face, being the greatest, and album cover design”.
With spelling errors and overlapping text throughout, it looked a speedy job – but got the desired response.
His “experiences” included “rapping, fashion design, making the best shoes ever, Glastonbury 2015, sit ups, and baggy pants.”
Finally, his references included god, Taylor Swift, Kanye, Kim and North West – with a huge cross through Taylor’s name.
Fans loved it, as one commented: “Sassy, Pizza Hut! Where did the resume come from?”
And one even hit out: “Mate shut your mouth you just got destroyed by pizza hut.
Serbian musician takes a dig at Kim’s new look
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has been dragged into a stand-off with a lookalike Serbian musician Jelena Karleusa after she was accused of stealing her style.
The reality TV star recently debuted her new ice queen look – complete with silver white hair, a fake fur wrap and a gold glitter outfit underneath – but Karleusa has hit out at the image, reports mirror.co.uk.
The singer’s fans have dismissed Kim’s effort – which has already been ditched as she goes back to brunette – as a cheap copy in a series of Instagram images, after she infuriated admirers of the folk star.
Whilst the first image of the new look gathered over a million likes, another – featuring the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star with two long, silver braids in her hair – was nearly as popular with more than 900,000 likes.
But within hours of them being posted, the singer reminded her fans she had worn exactly the same look 10 years ago.
To prove the point, she posted photographs of herself from 2006 in what she claims are the images apparently copied by the US star.
She wrote: “Step back in time #tb #2006 (sic)”