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Lahoud assigned Omar Karami to form a new Lebanese government
The Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has assigned parliamentarian Omar Karami to form the new government after the resignation of the prime minister Rafic Hariri.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/22/2004
Main opposition party in Tunisia withdraws from elections
The main opposition party in Tunisia withdrew its 89 candidates in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, saying that the government prevented them from reaching their message to the voters.
Tunisia, Politics, 10/22/2004
Cairo: opposition astonished over banning its conference
Egyptian party circles expressed their astonishment over the rejection of the Egyptian minister of the interior to permit convening of a massive conference, the opposition parties had called for on November 4th before Abideen palace.
Egypt, Politics, 10/22/2004
Human Rights Watch notes impressive strides in rights and backsliding
"Morocco has made impressive strides in human rights over the last fifteen years" says human rights watch in its latest report published this Thursday, warning however that this progress is "endangered" by measures taken to fight terrorism.
Morocco, Politics, 10/22/2004
Demonstration in Manama demanding the release of al-Khawaja
Demonstrators took the streets in Manama demanding the release of activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who is detained under the charge of "provoking hatred of the regime."
Bahrain, Politics, 10/22/2004
Media criticises 'worsening' of corruption in Morocco
Moroccan newspapers on Thursday described as "worsening" the situation of corruption in the country which, with a 3.2 score, regressed to the 77th position along with Egypt, Benin and Mali, as shown in the Transparency international Corruption Perceptions Index, published Wednesday.
Morocco, Politics, 10/22/2004
Algeria suffers 'unprecedented severe blow' since start of Sahara conflict, daily
Algeria suffered "an unprecedented severe blow since the start of the Sahara conflict" after the majority in the UN General Assembly 4th committee voiced reservation regarding the Algerian draft resolution on the Sahara issue, Algerian "Al Akhbar" daily said Wednesday.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 10/22/2004
Jordan ministerial reshuffle might cover Muasher
Jordanian officials announced yesterday that the prime minister Faisal al- Fayez will make a ministerial reshuffle within the few next days that might include the foreign minister Marwan Muasher, with the aim of strengthening his fist in dealing with an Islamic opposition whose voice is growing, but with keeping reformers in their posts.
Jordan, Politics, 10/22/2004
Burns: Washington committed to political solution for Sahara conflict
Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, William Burns, said, here Thursday, his country is committed to a political settlement of the Sahara issue, calling for dialogue between Morocco and Algeria.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 10/22/2004
Iraqis killed in al-Ramadi, bombardment renewed against Falluja
News reports said that at least two Iraqis were killed during clashes which took place on Thursday evening in al-Ramadi city to the west of Iraq between gunmen and the American forces in al-Mal'ab ( playground) area and ( the 20th street) quarters and the Industrial quarters to the east of the city.
Iraq, Military, 10/22/2004
US welcomes British forces redeployment in Iraq
The USA has announced its welcome over Britain's consent on its decision to transfer its forces from southern Iraq to areas of tension near Baghdad.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/22/2004
Inter-Sudanese negotiations postponed
Negotiations between the Sudanese government and the two rebel movements in Darfur which were due to start on Thursday in the Nigerian capital Abuja were postponed.
Sudan, Politics, 10/22/2004
Washington calls for international cooperation to end Darfur crisis
The White House has called on Sudan to intensify work efforts in order to end the crisis in Darfur but it admitted simultaneously the realization of progress to alleviate the humanitarian sufferings in the region.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 10/22/2004
Engineer of al-Qassam missile killed by Israeli forces
One of the key figures of Ezz Eddine al-Qassam group, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement ( Hamas), was killed by two missiles fired by one Israeli reconnaissance plane at a car in Haifa street in Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/22/2004
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Turkish Minister of Trade and Industry Ali Coskun will pay a visit to Damascus tomorrow, heading a Turkish delegation of industrials and businessmen.
Moroccan communication minister, Nabil Benabdellah said Morocco "has always endeavoured, in line with the tradition of the UNGA 4th committee, to reach a consensus regarding our territorial integrity. Algeria, however, chose to go against the grain."
Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid conferred Thursday with the Iranian Ambassador in Beirut Masoud Edresi on the latest developments in the region.
Moroccan delegate-minister for foreign affairs and cooperation, Ta•b Fassi Fihri, met in Paris this Thursday with French foreign minister, Michel Barnier. Spokesman of the French foreign ministry said the meeting "is part of the close and trustful cooperation" between Morocco and France.