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Abbas Asks US to Help Free Jailed Palestinian Leader

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Washington to mediate with Israel for the release of Marwan Barghouti, a  Palestinian leader and possible presidential contender jailed a decade ago over a spate of suicide bombings.   Israel agreed last year to free 104 Palestinian prisoners in what it termed a gesture of goodwill to mark the resumption of direct, U.S.-backed peace talks. But Barghouti was excluded from this and occasional previous releases and the talks have since...

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