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Official: Palestinian leader signs off on Arafat exhumationupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 09:35:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has approved the exhumation of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's body, an official said Monday.

Yasser Arafat poisoned to death?updated: Wed Jul 04 2012 18:59:00

New tests suggest former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with polonium. Elise Labott reports.

Palestinian factions Hamas, Fatah reach unity deal updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 10:06:00

Rival Palestinian political factions Fatah and Hamas named President Mahmoud Abbas the head of an interim unity government during a televised signing ceremony Monday.

Hamas leader meets Jordan's king; first official visit since 1999updated: Sun Jan 29 2012 15:55:00

The exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamic faction Hamas met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday in his first official trip to Jordan since his expulsion in 1999.

Israeli police arrest 2 more Palestinian parliament membersupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 23:45:00

Two Palestinian parliament members suspected of involvement in Hamas activity were arrested in Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli police said.

Israel arrests another Palestinian lawmakerupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 10:16:00

Israeli security forces stormed the West Bank home of a Palestinian parliament member affiliated with Hamas on Tuesday morning.

Khaled Meshaal to step down as Hamas leaderupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 06:27:00

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal plans to leave his post, according to a statement released by the group Saturday.

Israeli, Palestinian officials meet in Jordan to relaunch negotiationsupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 17:57:00

Palestinian negotiators put forward proposals on security and borders during talks with Israeli representatives in Jordan, Palestinian media reported Tuesday.

Israeli, Palestinian officials to meet in Jordanupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 09:38:00

Israeli and Palestinian representatives will meet in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday in an effort to relaunch negotiations between the two sides after more than a year of deadlock, Jordanian state media reported.

Fatah hopes to seal Palestinian unity dealupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 12:03:00

As Palestinian politicians meet in Cairo this week to discuss the long-awaited and much-delayed implementation of a national reconciliation agreement signed by political factions earlier this year, officials in the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas have been surprisingly open and confident in their predictions of concluding a deal that will include their bitter rival Hamas.

Palestinians rejoice as Israel releases another 550 prisonersupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 17:41:00

Thousands of Palestinians celebrated the release Sunday night of 550 inmates from Israeli prisons, part of the second phase of the deal that won the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Israel to free Palestinian tax funds, defense minister saysupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 14:00:00

Israel will release tax money that it was withholding from the Palestinian Authority, Israel's defense minister said Monday.

Jordan's king visits Ramallah ahead of Palestinian talksupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 12:10:00

Jordan's King Abdullah made a rare visit to the West Bank Monday to hold talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian leader is expected to renew reconciliation talks with rival political faction Hamas later in the week.

U.S. reacts to UNESCO Palestinian voteupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 08:19:00

U.S. cuts funding to UNESCO after the agency grants full membership to the Palestinians. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Israel to speed up settlement construction in Jerusalem, West Bank updated: Wed Nov 02 2011 03:49:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for speeding up the construction of 2,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Analysts: Deal bolsters Hamas statureupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 12:03:00

The dramatic Gilad Shalit-Palestinian prisoner swap gives a political boost to the anti-Israel Hamas movement, which negotiated the deal with Israel, analysts said.

Abbas lauds prisoner exchange, criticizes Israeli housing plansupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 20:18:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, meeting Friday with his French counterpart, lauded an upcoming prisoner exchange and decried what he said were Israeli plans to expand housing in settlements.

Abbas stumps for Palestinian statehood in El Salvadorupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 08:31:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a three-country tour in Latin America in a bid to build support for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, met with the president of El Salvador on Sunday.

U.N. panel's report on Palestinian statehood bid due in 2 weeksupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 15:09:00

A U.N. committee will issue a report on its analysis of the historic Palestinian bid for statehood in two weeks, the Security Council president said Friday.

Palestinian statehood goes to U.N. admissions panelupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 09:31:00

The United Nations Security Council agreed Wednesday to send the Palestinian application for statehood to its admissions committee for review.

Behind Palestinian U.N. effortupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:40:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney talks about the strategy behind the effort to get the U.N. to recognize a Palestinian state.

U.N. Security Council to send Palestinian state bid to admissions committeeupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:40:00

The U.N. Security Council met Monday to consider the Palestinians' bid for full membership in the world body and decided to meet again Wednesday morning, when they will send the matter to the admissions committee, said Security Council President Nawaf Salam of Lebanon.

What does Palestinian statehood bid mean?updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 06:44:00

Last week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas officially submitted the statehood request asking that the United Nations recognize "Palestine" as an independent state.

Showdown at U.N. for statehoodupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 06:44:00

The U.S. is on a collision course with Palestinian leaders over statehood. CNN's Jonathan Mann reports.

Session at U.N. reflects changes of Arab Springupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 04:12:00

New Libyan leaders pledge change, Palestinian leaders hope for statehood, and the Horn of Africa will receive more aid. CNN's Elise Labott reports.

Post-revolution delegates from Egypt and Libya address U.N. updated: Sun Sep 25 2011 04:12:00

A pair of north African delegates addressed the U.N. General Assembly for the first time Saturday, each representing a new government formed after revolution and civil war ousted their respective long-time leaders.

Post-revolution delegates from Egypt and Libya address U.N.updated: Sat Sep 24 2011 22:16:00

A pair of north African delegates addressed the U.N. General Assembly for the first time Saturday, each representing a new government formed after revolution and civil war ousted their respective long-time leaders.

Palestinian president requests statehood; Israel calls for talksupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 16:39:00

Palestinian President Mahoud Abbas put forth a historic U.N. membership bid for an independent state of Palestine on Friday; a move Israel says is premature without direct talks that address its longstanding security concerns.

Will the U.N. recognize Palestine?updated: Fri Sep 23 2011 16:39:00

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks about efforts by the Palestinians to be recognized by the U.N.

Abbas asks for Palestinian statehoodupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:43:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas requests official recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly.

Palestinian statehood issue coming to a boil at U.N.updated: Thu Sep 22 2011 07:13:00

Confronted with the prospect of a Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a sharp rebuke Wednesday to those pressing for statehood -- a rebuke likely to bring criticism from the Arab world.

Abbas pushes for U.N. recognition of Palestinian stateupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 05:57:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will submit a letter to the United Nations Security Council Friday requesting formal U.N. recognition of Palestinian statehood, according to a top Palestinian official.

U.N.'s most memorable momentsupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 05:57:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks back at the most memorable moments on the U.N. General Assembly stage.

Palestinian leader: Why our occupation must end nowupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:55:00

I have lived my entire adult life under Israeli military occupation. I snatch an approximation of freedom only when I travel and even then I know I am not truly free because my homeland remains controlled by a foreign power.

Diplomatic deals in play to avert Palestinian showdown at U.N.updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:43:00

As the international community works on a package of initiatives to avoid a diplomatic showdown over Palestinian statehood at the U.N. Security Council this week, the presidents of the United States and the Palestinian Authority will meet to discuss the issue, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

Two decades of U.S. role in Mideast peaceupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:43:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer takes a look at America's role in the struggle for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinian Authority looks to futureupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 21:17:00

CNN's Kevin Flower spoke to Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority about the future of the region.

U.S. in tough spot with Palestinian statehood bidupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 21:17:00

In 2009, a freshly elected U.S. president who campaigned on the themes of hope and change appointed a veteran negotiator to take a crack at the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinians vow push for state but hint compromise is possibleupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:52:00

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister said Thursday Palestinians will seek full United Nations membership next week in the Security Council setting a stage for a showdown with the United States which has threatened a veto.

Palestinian statehood: Bethlehem's viewupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:52:00

Residents of Bethlehem weigh in on a bid to have the U.N. recognize a Palestinian state. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Palestinians seeking statehood this weekupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:49:00

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu predicts the Palestinians' bid for statehood will fail. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports

Flags before statehood for Palestiniansupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:49:00

Standing under a large poster of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock, Nabil Saeed lays out large rolls of red, green, white and black cloth on his workshop table. These are the colors of his homeland, one he hopes will soon become a fully recognized state.

Israel calls for peace talks amid Palestinian statehood pushupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 06:01:00

The Israeli prime minister on Monday appealed for direct peace negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to be started in New York and continued in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Abbas to seek full U.N. membership for Palestiniansupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 17:58:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will pursue a full United Nations membership bid during a speech Friday that was likely meant to both make the case for membership and manage domestic expectations.

Abbas vows push for Palestinian stateupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 17:58:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas lays out his mission to get the U.N. to recognize Palestinian statehood.

U.S.: Top two Mideast officials headed back to regionupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 13:06:00

The top two American officials dealing with Middle East peace talks are headed back to the region, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as the Palestinians announced they are taking their bid for statehood to the United Nations.

Palestinian officials to discuss statehood bid at U.N., envoy saysupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 21:25:00

A top Palestinian official declined to predict Friday the timing and route for upgraded recognition at the United Nations, but said that his leadership will meet in Cairo on Monday to discuss a course of action.

Artist's Palestinian passport stampupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 03:39:00

West Bank artist Khaled Jarrar has created a Palestinian passport stamp in protest at Israeli travel restrictions.

Palestinian passport art cries freedomupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 03:39:00

When you pass through a country's borders, what does it mean to have immigration issue that authoritative stamp in your passport?

Palestinian leaders to seek UN recognition as independent nationupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 21:58:00

Palestinian leaders announced Sunday that they will go to the United Nations this September and ask to be recognized as an independent country, a move opposed by both Israel and the United States.

Israeli president: Peace deal 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres calls for a peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Israeli president: Need for peace deal with Palestinians is 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israel's president is calling for an "urgent" peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Fatah nominates Fayyad to head interim Palestinian governmentupdated: Sun Jun 12 2011 07:10:00

Fatah has nominated incumbent Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to head the interim Palestinian government, a party official told CNN.

Netanyahu lays out Palestinian settlement termsupdated: Tue May 24 2011 17:56:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress Tuesday that he is prepared to make "painful compromises" for a peace deal with Palestinians, but reiterated his insistence that Israel will never return to the boundaries that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

Netanyahu: Israel is ready to compromiseupdated: Tue May 24 2011 17:56:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advocates a peace deal with Palestine in a speech to the U.S. Congress.

Netanyahu gets his turn to talk to American pro-Israel lobbyupdated: Tue May 24 2011 15:09:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets his chance Monday night to address the main U.S. Jewish lobby when he speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks to the group the day before.

Palestinian prime minister suffers heart attack in Texasupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:18:00

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad suffered a heart attack while visiting the United States and was hospitalized for treatment, according to a spokesman from the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank.

Unity government could lose key figureupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:18:00

As Palestinians work to form a new government, questions arise about the future of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Obama rejects controversy over his stance on Middle East peace talksupdated: Mon May 23 2011 13:31:00

President Barack Obama said Sunday that any controversy over his remarks last week that Israel-Palestinian negotiations should start from pre-1967 borders and include land swaps was "not based in substance."

Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 linesupdated: Sat May 21 2011 10:13:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for an approximate return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.

Tension at White House meetingupdated: Sat May 21 2011 10:13:00

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met after airing public differences. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

Palestinian factions sign unity pactupdated: Wed May 04 2011 17:44:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir on the significance of the reconciliation agreement signed by the two largest Palestinian factions.

Palestinian factions adopt reconciliation dealupdated: Wed May 04 2011 17:44:00

Flags of Hamas green and Fatah yellow flew alongside the Palestinian Authority flag on the streets of Gaza on Wednesday, as thousands turned out to celebrate the formal adoption of a reconciliation agreement between the two largest Palestinian factions.

Netanyahu calls on Abbas to choose peace with Israel, not Hamasupdated: Tue May 03 2011 13:46:00

As Palestinian political factions prepared Tuesday to formally sign a political reconciliation agreement in Cairo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority to pull out of the deal, saying it would jeopardize the already-stalled Middle East peace process.

Rival Fatah, Hamas movements reach unity dealupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 21:34:00

The politically divided Palestinian territories took a major step toward reconciliation Wednesday when the rival movements of Hamas and Fatah announced a deal to form a unity government, officials from both groups said.

Fatah, Hamas rivals reach dealupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 21:34:00

The deal between Fatah and Hamas could end the discord, culminating in 2007 when Hamas took control of Gaza.

Abbas ready to delay new government, give Hamas chance to joinupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 14:26:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he is ready to visit Gaza immediately in an effort to end the internal political division between the two main Palestinian political parties, Hamas and Fatah.

Palestinians protest Hamas-Fatah divisionupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 15:48:00

Tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank took to the streets in mass demonstrations Tuesday demanding an end to the inter-Palestinian political division and an end to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The 'Egypt effect' on Palestinian politicsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 11:42:00

The Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power was a watershed moment in the Middle East, inspiring a wave of rebellions and serving notice to Arab governments that no leader is immune from the collective wrath of his people.

U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegalupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 20:20:00

The United States vetoed Friday a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal.

U.S. vetoes U.N. Israeli resolutionupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 20:20:00

The United States vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal.

Palestinian officials: Obama policy on settlements 'biased'updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:49:00

As the United Nations was preparing Friday to debate a resolution branding Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank as illegal, Palestinian officials called Obama administration efforts to head off the vote as evidence that American policy is "biased" and "seriously wrong."

Palestinian youth join chorus for changeupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 17:39:00

Palestinian youth chant for change during a rally in the West Bank. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Palestinians call for unity in street demonstrationsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 17:39:00

Hundreds of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah Thursday, calling on Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian political factions to heal the divide among them amid arguments over elections scheduled for September in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian Authority Cabinet submits resignationupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 19:37:00

The Cabinet of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned Monday, a government spokesman said.

Palestinian cabinet shuffleupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 19:37:00

Mahmoud Abbas accepts the resignation of his govt. ministers and tasks his prime minister with creating a new government.

Elections envisioned in Palestinian territories this yearupdated: Sat Feb 12 2011 12:28:00

The Palestinian Authority is planning to hold overdue elections this year, a move seen as a reaction to the political discontent taking hold across the Arab world.

Palestinian Authority to hold electionsupdated: Sat Feb 12 2011 12:28:00

The Palestinian Authority has announced there will be presidential and legislative elections by September.

As Arab discontent festers, Palestinians set election dateupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 09:33:00

The grass-roots upheaval spreading across the Arab world has reached the Palestinian territories as government authorities there announced Tuesday the staging this summer of long-delayed local elections.

Leaked Palestinian documents draw ireupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 09:02:00

CNN's Kevin Flower looks at the fallout from leaked documents that claim to reveal secrets in Middle East negotiations.

Leaked documents: Palestinians agreed to 'symbolic' return of refugeesupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 09:02:00

Palestinian leaders privately agreed to accept a very limited return of the 6 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants to previous homes in what is now Israel, leaked documents showed Tuesday.

Will leaks end Mideast peace process?updated: Tue Jan 25 2011 06:31:00

It's being called a Palestinian WikiLeaks: a dump of 1,600 Palestinian Authority documents to Al-Jazeera and the British newspaper The Guardian.

Palestinian documents leakedupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:23:00

Leaked documents reportedly show Palestinians willing to make unprecedented concessions in negotiations with Israel.

Palestinian leaders slam Al-Jazeera over alleged peace process leakupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:23:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out Monday at Al-Jazeera, calling the Arabic TV network's release of alleged secret documents from Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations "shameful."

Palestinians seek recognition of state from European countriesupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 11:05:00

Following the breakdown of direct talks with Israel, Palestinians have begun seeking international recognition of an independent state from European nations.

Fayyad: Peace talks may need stronger U.S. mediation roleupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 05:22:00

The United States may have to expand its role from Middle East peace talks facilitator to become a broker on specific core issues, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Sunday.

Palestinian official: New housing units may be 'last nail' in talksupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 11:40:00

A Palestinian official said Thursday that an Israeli plan to build hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem could spell the end of the stalled talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinian leaders: No peace talks without broad settlement freezeupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 12:18:00

Palestinian leaders said Sunday that they will not proceed with peace talks with Israel unless the Jewish state completely halts settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Abbas muses petitioning U.N. for state recognitionupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 08:32:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday asserted his government's right to petition the United Nations Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state if Israel refuses to halt settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

Arab League backs Palestinian leader on peace talksupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 07:36:00

Arab nations meeting in Libya said they will support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to refrain from direct peace talks unless Israel stops settlement construction.

Hamas' military wing threatens to retaliate over activists' arrestsupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 13:40:00

The military wing of the Islamist group Hamas Wednesday threatened to retaliate against the Palestinian Authority if its arrests of its West Bank activists continue.

Israeli prime minister urges Palestinians to continue talksupdated: Sun Oct 03 2010 03:14:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to continue peace talks after Palestinian leaders called for a halt to the talks unless the Israelis stop settlement construction.

EU urges Israel to reinstate settlement freezeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 12:55:00

The European Union foreign policy chief said she urged Israel to reinstate its settlement moratorium and is disappointed that they have not yet done so.

Palestinian PM lays future foundationsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 11:32:00

CNN's John Defterios talks to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad about his independent state plan.

Middle East talks: Everything 'relative'updated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:28:00

Israeli FM Avigdor Liberman at the UN says everything is 'relative' in building a two-state solution.

In meeting with U.S. envoy, Netanyahu pledges commitment to peaceupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:28:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. special Mideast envoy Wednesday that he is committed to reaching a peace agreement with Palestinians, according to a statement released by Netanyahu's office.

Construction restarts at West Bank settlement sitesupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 18:00:00

New construction began at settlement sites in the West Bank Monday, just hours after the expiration of a 10-month Israeli government moratorium on building.

Israel restarts settlement buildingupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 18:00:00

Israel resumes the construction of new settlements in the West Bank. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Israel's moratorium on settlement building in West Bank endsupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 22:21:00

Israeli settlers cheered Sunday's expiration of a moratorium on building new settlements in the West Bank, as Israel's prime minister urged Palestinians not to walk away from newly resumed peace talks over the lapsed restrictions.

Hamas political leader says progress made in talks with Fatahupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 08:22:00

Representatives of the two main Palestinian factions - the Islamist group Hamas and the Fatah party led by President Mahmoud Abbas - met on Friday into the early hours of Saturday and agreed on several disputed points in a reconciliation document mediated by Egypt, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal told CNN.

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