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Rice Says Hamas-Led Government Will Not Get US Aid


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says no U.S. aid will go to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, but the United States will still contribute to humanitarian programs like immunizing children in the Palestinian territories.

In testimony to a Senate committee Wednesday, Rice repeated the U.S. position that Hamas must meet international demands to renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist.

Hamas is preparing to take control of the Palestinian parliament when it convenes Saturday. On Wednesday, the group nominated Abdel Aziz Duaik as parliament speaker and Mahmoud Zahar as faction leader.

In Israel, top policy makers began a three-day review of how to deal with a Hamas-dominated Palestinian government. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said Israel will have no contacts with the Palestinians as long as Hamas is involved in terrorism and refuses to recognize Israel.

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