Egypt sets new deadline for Palestinian unity deal

Egypt has set August 25 as a new deadline for a power-sharing deal between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah. Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed said Sunday that Egyptian mediators would hold separate talks with both sides in the coming weeks in the hope of narrowing the gap. Last week, Egypt temporarily suspended its mediation efforts after the two rival parties rejected Cairo's latest proposals for ending the conflict. Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report