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U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) described a meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat as “very honest” and “positive.” But Arafat did not appear with Gingrich in front of reporters after their meeting. Meanwhile, Gingrich lashed out at U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin for condemning as “appalling and outrageous” a comment Gingrich made earlier this month calling U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright an “agent for the Palestinians.” Calling Albright a “good friend of mine,” Gingrich said he was outraged that Rubin would attack him while he was “overseas trying to be helpful.”

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