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Israel approves prisoner swap, Palestinians finalise cabinet line-up

Israel’s cabinet approved a conditional prisoner swap with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, while Palestinian premier Ahmed Qorei announced his cabinet line-up was ready after weeks of in-fighting. Following several months of German mediation, the Israeli government approved an exchange with the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist movement by a majority of 12 to 11 ministers. But a question mark still hung over the deal after a clause preventing the release of any prisoner “with blood on his hands” was added. The extra wording demanded by Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu effectively rules out the release of Lebanese national Samir Kantar, who was sentenced to 542 years in prison in 1980 for the murder of an Israeli family. Full Story

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