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Syria releases 35 prisoners including the first political one
The human rights society in Syria said that the Syrian authorities released 35 political detainees after many of them spent 20 years under custody.
Syria, Politics, 8/5/2004
Municipal elections in Saudi Arabia in November
The Saudi news agency said that the elections to choose half members of the municipal council in the Kingdom will be in November and will continue until the beginning of 2005.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/5/2004
Three Saudi reformers to be tried soon
A wife of one Saudi reformer who demand reforms in Saudi Arabia said that his trial together with two of his colleagues will start in August 9th.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/5/2004
It's high time Sahara problem was resolved, Spanish FM
It's time to try to settle the Sahara issue, said Spanish foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, stressing that his country has a part to play in this context.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 8/5/2004
Khartoum ready to negotiate Darfur rebellions, African Union to increase forces
Sudan's minister of state for foreign affairs, al-Teijani Saleh Fadeil, said that Sudan is ready to resume negotiations with the two rebel movements in Darfur. But the minister stressed the government's rejecion of any prior conditions by the side of the rebels, saying that " if we accept prior conditions there will be then nothing to negotiate for."
Sudan, Politics, 8/5/2004
Riyadh denies any suspect in the relaions with Bush family
The Saudi Arabian ambassador in London, Prince Turkey al-Faisal, yesterday replied to some excerpts included in the documentary film " Fahrenheit 9/11" by film maker Michael Moore and what was stated in a book issued recently dealing with the relations between the two families of al-Saud and Bush.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/5/2004
Al-Ramadi governor resigns after his sons were kidnapped
The governor of al-Ramadi on Wednesday resigned from his post after kidnappers conditioned that for the release of three of his sons.
Iraq, Politics, 8/5/2004
Israeli forces kill five Palestinians, bombard a school north of Gaza
Israeli army military helicopters fired yesterday two missiles that fell on a school near a camp for the Palestinian refugees to the north of Gaza where Israeli tanks incurred unde the pretext of preventing the Palestinian resistance from firing missiles at nearby settlements, according to witnesses.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 8/5/2004
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The Egyptian authorities have taken a step towards expanding the margin of public freedoms, manifested in the announcement by the attorney general, advisor Maher Abdul Rahid to minimize the scale of implementing the emergency law so as to be limited to issues pertinent to state security, internally and externally.
The Damascus-based General Secretariat of the International Federation of Arab Trade Unions stressed support to Sudanese government to face up to the current threats, asserting solidarity with the Sudanese people and leadership's efforts to restore stability in the country.
A Memo of Understanding was signed in Amman, Jordan between Syria and Jordan in the field of exchange of expertise, training, media as well as joint cooperation in organizing exhibitions in both countries over the coming years.
The newly appointed Russian Ambassador in Beirut Sergei Buken Wednesday said Russia is ready to continue its constructive efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Middle East issue.
European Union expressed concern over the decision of the Israeli government to expand settlement of Adomin near Jerusalem by building more than 600 settlement units.
Morocco's tennisman Hicham Arazi cruised Tuesday to the second round of the $2.45 million Cincinnati tennis tournament, after US Vince Spadea gave up 9 games into the third set (6-7 (3/7), 7-5 and 5-3).
Police in the Tangiers port arrested on Monday a French national in possession of 64 kg of hashish.