A top Palestinian official sought to reassure critics that a reconciliation deal with the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers doesn’t mean Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is backing away from peace efforts.
Rival Palestinian factions agreed to form a unity government and hold new general elections, developments that if carried through will complicate efforts to revive U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel.
A flurry of billion-dollar deals announced today including a swap of cancer and vaccine drugs between Novartis AG and GlaxoSmithKline Plc will reshape the pharmaceutical industry as it looks to cut costs and may herald another round of mergers and acquisitions.
With a trio of transactions, GlaxoSmithKline Plc Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty is expanding the U.K. pharmaceutical company’s positions in consumer products and vaccines, providing “durability” as the industry faces increased pricing pressure for medicines.
Unable to pay their rent and turned down for public housing, Yafit Krisi and her husband gathered their four children and moved into a tent outside the city hall in Ashkelon, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.