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U.S. Urges Palestinians to Bar Hamas From Vote

The Bush administration, worried that Palestinian militants will gain a foothold in legislative elections in January, is pressing Mahmoud Abbas to require that candidates renounce violence and “unlawful or nondemocratic” methods, administration and Palestinian representatives say. A senior State Department official said that with Mr. Abbas, the Palestinian leader, scheduled to meet President Bush on Thursday, the administration had held talks with the Palestinian leadership on ways to “tighten up the rules” enacted in 1995 to make it clear that candidates, even those backed by Hamas or other militant groups, do not incite violence or keep ties with militias. Full Story

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