Abbas signals shutdown of Hamas groups

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas authorized a review of all private organizations in the Palestinian areas on Friday, signaling he may shut down Hamas-affiliated groups to counter the Islamic movement after it took over the Gaza Strip. Also Friday, the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers decided to hold talks in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the first time since Hamas seized control of Gaza, U.N. and Israeli officials said. The meeting comes as Western-backed regional leaders try to use Hamas’ takeover to promote peacemaking between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Hamas’ moderate rival, Fatah. Full Story

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