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Withdrawals from the Iraqi national Congress after the renewal of fighting in Najaf
The Iraqi National Congress was exposed to a strong setback upon its inauguration after a large number of participants left the hall where the conference was convened because of the eruption of fighting in Najaf al-Ashraf city.
Iraq, Politics, 8/16/2004
Trade with Sudan and common currency, Nile Basin countries promising
Abdel Magad argued that further integration with the Sudan can be achieved by encouraging the creation of small and medium-sized business projects (SMEs) between Aswan and Wadi Halfa; establishing joint banks to extend credit to such businesses and striking a common currency to be known as the Nile pound.
Egypt-Sudan, Economics, 8/16/2004
The defendant committee for Saddam Hussein before the Iraqi courts
The defendant committee in defense of Saddam Hussein said on Saturday that the Iraqi bar association agreed to its request to that they defend in the Iraqi courts the toppled Iraqi President, stressing persistence that a medical team from its side to visit him.
Iraq, Politics, 8/16/2004
Zaqzouq: Egypt supports moderate Islamic mind
Egypt's Minister of Awkaf (Endowments), Mahmoud Hamdy Zaqzouq said Egypt, the country that houses Al-Azhar for more than one thousand years, would be a hub for Moderate Islamic mind.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 8/16/2004
Rwanda forces vow to protect civilians in Darfur
President of Rwanda Paul Kaghami announced that the forces in Rwanda whose vanguards arrived on Saturday to Sudan will use force if this will be necessary to protect the civilians in Darfur.
Sudan-Rwanda, Politics, 8/16/2004
Khartoum denies differences with the African Union
Sudan's foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael denied the information over differences with the African Union over the number of the soldiers who will be deployed in the area, stressing that the problem lies in the nature of their mission, renewing his country's rejection that these forces to be converted to peace keeping forces.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 8/16/2004
Syrian Red Crescent aid to Darfur
Upon directives of President Bashar al-Assad, a plane loaded with humanitarian aid presented by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Organization to Darfur, Sudan left Damascus Sunday.
Syria-Sudan, Local, 8/16/2004
Iran considers political and military reasons behind oil price increase, ensures oil abundance
A prominent Iranian oil official said that oil markets have a surplus in marketed oil and that there is no reason necessitates the increase in oil production.
Iran-Regional, Economics, 8/16/2004
Iraq closes one main oil exporting pipelines following threats
One Iraqi oil official said yesterday that the main oil pipeline which carried exportation oil in al-Basra city to the south of Iraq was blocked after intelligent information said that Shiite gunmen might attack the basic infrastructure for oil industry.
Iraq, Economics, 8/16/2004
Drastic benzene shortage in Iraq after one pipeline bombardment
One Iraqi oil official said that the Benzene shortage crisis has increased in Baghdad after attackers assaulted an oil pipeline to the south of the city on Saturday and this increased the shortage in fuel especially with the continued acts of unrest in the southern cities because of the fighting between al-Sader followers and the American forces.
Iraq, Economics, 8/16/2004
Al-Qaida threatens to attack Italy after the end of the grace period
In a statement, a group alleged to have connections with al-Qaida organization on its site on the Internet called on all its cells to attack every possible target before it in Italy after the end of the grace period it had set for the Italian government to withdraw from Iraq. The grace period expired on Sunday.
Regional-Italy, Politics, 8/16/2004
Palestinian prisoners start an open strike, one Palestinian killed in Jerusalem
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners started in four Palestinian detention centers an open food strike in order to improve their detention conditions; while the Israeli authorities before hand refused to give any concession.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/16/2004
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received Sunday morning Lebanese Former Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss. Talks during the meeting dealt with the situations in the region and issues of mutual interest for the two states Syria and Lebanon.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abul Gheit on Sunday stressed that there are factions inside the U.S. that exert pressures regarding Darfur crisis in Sudan. In a statement issued today, Abul Gheit expressed hope that the situation in Darfur will be improved before the UN Secretary General submits his report to the Security Council, pointing out that the human situation is witnessing a remarkable improvement.
The Saudi crown prince, Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, threated those who are left of what he described the "misled groups" in remarks to members in al-Qaida organization who did not surrender themselves during the grace period which lasted for one month and started by the beginning of June, to chase them until they are killed.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco left Sunday Tangiers' Ibn Battouta airport for France, to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Provence landing.
Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency Muhammad el-Baradei Sunday said the just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East will not be achieved without tackling the issue of weapons of mass destruction, on top of which are the nuclear weapons.
Belarusian Minister of Defense Colonel General Leonid Maltsev on Sunday arrived in Damascus heading an official delegation.
Former U.S. Envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross stressed there is no solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict without the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
The 122nd session of the Arab League's Council on the level of Foreign Ministers is due on September 15 -16, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmad Ben Hali announced Sunday.