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Rice praises Palestinians’ response to suicide bombing

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday praised the Palestinian leadership’s response to a deadly suicide bombing that ruptured a truce with Israel, even as she called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to take bolder steps against militants. Rice, trying to sustain the fragile momentum behind an Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement, said Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had reacted with “considerable maturity” to the bombing Friday in Tel Aviv, which killed five Israelis. Abbas immediately called for a joint investigation and promised to punish those responsible. Palestinian Authority officials have arrested several people. Full Story

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