- Islamist Hamas
handed control of two government ministries in Gaza
to members of the new Palestinian unity government on Wednesday, a further sign of reconciliation between the rival factions after the collapse of peace talks with Israel
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
swore in the cabinet on Monday in a deal with Hamas
that elicited a US pledge to work with and fund the new administration, setting Washington on a collision course with Israel
, which has shunned it.