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Despite intense political opposition at home, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was expected to make perhaps his boldest move so far in foreign policy Wednesday night: announcing plans to return his nation to full membership in NATO. Although a founding member, France ended participation in the bloc's integrated command 43 years ago under Charles de Gaulle, who also required that its headquarters be relocated from Paris. Sarkozy's declaration is expected to result in a vote of no confidence in his government next week in Parliament.

If there is to be a Palestinian unity government, Hamas will demand to choose its prime minister as well as a majority of cabinet posts, the militant organization said Wednesday. Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction are in negotiations moderated by Egypt to try to reconcile their differences. But analysts said Hamas's demand likely would dim the prospects for a deal acceptable to Western nations, which shun the ruler of the Gaza Strip. For his part, Abbas has called for a government of nonpartisan technocrats.

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