Carter meets Hamas officials for second straight day on ME peace mission

Former US President Jimmy Carter was meeting with a Hamas delegation from Gaza, part of a series of talks with the Islamic group that has drawn sharp criticism from US and Israeli officials. An Associated Press reporter saw the Hamas delegation going into the meeting Thursday at a Cairo hotel and a Hamas coordinator in Egypt said they were meeting with Carter. The coordinator spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The meeting was held under heavy security shortly after Carter met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.