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Palestinians Take Tentative Step Towards Local Elections

Palestinian political parties began registering candidates for municipal elections on Wednesday, the first step in years towards a democratic vote but one that threatens to re-inflame tensions between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. The Palestinian Authority based in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has called the elections for Oct. 8, with an estimated two million Palestinians eligible to cast ballots. Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, has given its...

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