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Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), shaking hands with the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, during their meeting in Cairo on December 21, 2011. Palestinian factions, led by the former rivals Hamas and Fatah meeting in Cairo are mulling ways to reactivate their national parliament, which has been paralysed since 2007 following the split between the West Bank and Gaza. Photo by Mohammed AL-Hams