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Bush Offers Palestinians Aid

President Bush offered an unstinting vote of confidence and $50 million in direct aid to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas yesterday in an attempt to bolster his newly elected government and reinvigorate the Middle East peace process. Signaling a new era of relations, the president welcomed Abbas to the White House for the first time since his January election as president of the Palestinian Authority. Bush never extended such an invitation to Abbas’s predecessor, Yasser Arafat, who died in November after years of estrangement from the U.S. administration.Full Story

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