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Hamas Asks Donors Not to Cut Funds to Palestinians


Hamas is urging international donors not to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority following the militant group's election victory last week.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called on the quartet -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- to keep aid flowing. He spoke as quartet officials were in London for talks on how to deal with a Hamas-led government.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States is contacting donor nations about suspending aid, unless Hamas renounces violence and accepts Israel's right to exist.

E.U. diplomats say they also want Hamas to make those changes. They say they will keep diplomatic channels open with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is not a member of Hamas.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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