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Abu Mazin escapes assassination attempt in Gaza
Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazin, has escaped a failed assassination attempt on Sunday evening after three gunmen broke into the tent where condolences are offered for the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Gaza and chanted slogans deploring Abbas and Muhammad Dahlan, commemorating Yasser Arafat and then started to open fire
Palestine, Politics, 11/15/2004
Al-Masri al-Youm: Egypt: some 700 Islamists extremists are released
One Egyptian daily said yesterday that the Egyptian government released in recent days 700 members of the Islamic group which fought the government in the 1990s before it gave up violence after that.
Egypt, Politics, 11/15/2004
Fighting continued in Falluja, Marines prevented relief aid
The commander of the marines unit announced the killing of more 1200 gunmen in Falluja city; while fighting erupted in certain pockets situated to the southern west of the city and the Iraqi forces started control on al-Musil following gunmen deployment there since last Thursday.
Iraq, Military, 11/15/2004
Musil is out of control
News reports in Musil said that resistance men are controlling the main streets and bridges as well as crossroads points in the city after the withdrawal of the American forces at the request of the governor, according to the American army and decided to station in fortified positions and to have clashes with the gunmen.
Iraq, Military, 11/15/2004
Al-Jazeera TV: Two women of Allawi's relatives released in Iraq
Al-Jazeera TV in Qatar said that one Islamic group has released two women of the relatives of the Iraqi prime minister Eyad Allawi, but still holding his cousin as a hostage.
Iraq, Local, 11/15/2004
African forces proceed slowly to ease situation in Darfur
The African Union force of which some 700 troops were so far deployed in Darfur, west Sudan, is making all efforts to monitor the fragile cease fire and bring back security and order in the turbulent district, situated to the west of Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 11/15/2004
France says Arafat's death should mark birth of Palestinian state
France stressed that the Middle East peace process has to be pushed forward in a way to establish a viable Palestinian state and make late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's dream come true.
Palestine-France, Politics, 11/15/2004
King Mohammed congratulates Arab and Islamic leaders on Aid Al-Fitr
On the occasion of Aid Al-Fitr, celebrated by Muslims at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Morocco's King Mohammed VI has sent congratulations messages to the heads of Arab and Islamic states extending his best wishes.
Morocco-Regional, Religion, 11/15/2004
Energy sector has developed in the last decade in Syria
A report by the Syrian Arab News Agency on Sunday said that the electricity sector in Syria has developed during the last decade in a big way due to its role in the process of development and the persisting need for its growth in all domains.
Syria, Economics, 11/15/2004
Qatar increases its natural liquid gas production
Chairman of Qatar's liquid gas company, Faisal al-Sweidi, announced the increase in the amounts of liquid natural gas to exceed expectations at "Qatar Gas 1" following a promotion and modernization operation this year.
Qatar, Economics, 11/15/2004
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Patriarch Gregarious the third Hakim, of Antioch and all the Orient for the Roman Catholics on Sunday directed a message of congratulations on the Eid El-Fitr ( the Muslim feast after fasting ) occasion.
Israeli news reports said that international contacts are being currently made with sides concerned in an attempt to conclude a tripartite deal, according to which Israel will release the Palestinian jailed prisoner Marwan Barghouthi, the secretary of the Palestinia national liberation movement, Fatah, in order to nominate himself in the Palestinian presidential elections.
The Algerian radio said on Sunday that the bad weather conditions in northern Algeria resulted in killing four persons and wounding scores including one sailor on a Turkish shipping boat which faced with another ship a difficult situation near Algiers port where 18 sailors were considered as missing. Three persons were killed in collapse of buildings.
An Egyptian government department said that the volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Israel increased during the first half of the current year to $ 9.5 million, an increase of $ 4 million in comparison with the same period of 2003.