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US unblocks $500 mln for Palestinians

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) and US President Barack Obama shake hands during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013. The US has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months, a top US official said Friday.