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Abbas to pursue truce talks

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to pursue talks with militants who threaten a shaky truce with Israel.

He is scheduled to meet armed factions in Gaza later today to demand obedience after gunmen bombarded Jewish settlements. The attack has weakened a ceasefire announced by Abbas and Israeli premier Ariel Sharon at Tuesday’s summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh. Militant groups have so far refused to sign up to a formal truce but have pledged to suspend their operations if Israel does likewise. Ariel Sharon’s government has not retaliated for the Gaza attack to give Abbas a chance to rein in militants, but it has warned its patience is limited.