Analysis: Hamas wants bigger regional role

File - In this Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal waves during his visit to the Islamic University in Gaza City. Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has set an ambitious agenda for his new term, seeking to transform his once isolated Islamic militant movement into a widely recognized political force, without making concessions toward Israel needed for international acceptance. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has set an ambitious agenda for his new term, seeking to transform his Islamic militant movement that rules Gaza into a widely recognized political force, but without making concessions toward Israel needed for international acceptance.


Hamas re-elects Mashaal as its leader

FILE - In this this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Khaled Mashaal, Hamas leader, center, attends his father's funeral at a Mosque in Amman, Jordan. Senior Hamas figures gathered for the last stage of internal elections on Monday in Cairo, where two officials in the Islamic militant movement said a new leader may be announced later in the day. Qatar-based Mashaal, who has run the Palestinian movement since 1996, is seen as the front-runner. Mashaal, 56, is backed by regional powers Qatar, Turkey and Egypt. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud, File)CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas on Monday re-elected longtime leader Khaled Mashaal, officials said, choosing a relative pragmatist who has sparred with movement hardliners in the past over his attempt to reconcile with Western-backed Palestinian rivals.