Abbas tells Bush: Now is time for ME peace talks

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told US President George W. Bush in a phone call on Monday that now is the time to resume Middle East peace talks, an Abbas aide said. The call focused on the ongoing situation following Hamas's takeover of the Gaza Strip last week, aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh told the official Palestiian news agency, WAFA, in a statement. "President Abbas told Mr. Bush that this is the time to resume the political negotiations and to revive the hope of the Palestinian people,' Abu Rdeneh said.