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Israel agrees to release Palestinian prisoners

Israel’s cabinet agreed on Sunday to release 250 Palestinian prisoners in the latest of a series of attempts to strengthen Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas’s seizure of the Gaza Strip. “I think this is a worthy gesture to make … because we want to use any means that can reinforce moderate elements in the Palestinian Authority,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the cabinet in broadcast remarks. Full Story

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