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US freezes assets of Saad Allah al-Faqih over possible ties with al-Qaida
The Saudi authorities froze the assets of the Saudi opposition member who lives in London, Saad al-Faqih, and another citizen Adel Batreji. The decision was taken over suspects that the two men are giving financial and material support to al-Qaida organization.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 12/22/2004
Egypt's Muslim Brothers deny Mubarak's accusation to them of terrorism
The Muslim Brothers movement has rejected the accusations of terrorism addressed to it by the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt, Politics, 12/22/2004
Public hearings into past human rights breaches start in Morocco
The hearings, organized by the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (known by its French acronym IER), are broadcast on the two Moroccan TV channels as well as the satellite channel 'Al Maghribia' so as to give the Moroccan public opinion an opportunity to know about past human rights violations that marred the post independence Morocco until 1999.
Morocco, Politics, 12/22/2004
Turkish statement on Erdogan's visit to Syrian
Turkey's Ambassador to Syria, Khaled Cevik, on Tuesday, stressed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Syria tomorrow will constitute another turning point in the relations between the two countries following President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Ankara early this year.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 12/22/2004
Asharq paper: any attempt to undermine Morocco's integrity will destabilize North Africa
Any attempt to separate a part of the Moroccan territory will lead to the destabilization of North Africa and will undermine peace and stability in the region, wrote the Qatari newspaper "Asharq."
Qatar-Morocco, Politics, 12/22/2004
customer the first to profit EU partnership, official
Syria's Customs Director General Asel Sannoufa on Tuesday underlined that the first and last beneficiary from the Syrian-European Association Accord was the Syrian consumer.
Syria-European Union, Economics, 12/22/2004
Two French hostages released
The French government announced yesterday the release of its two journalists Christian Shino and George Malbrono, who were kidnapped in Iraq in August.
Iraq-France, Politics, 12/22/2004
American professor notes the gap between America and the Arab region
Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American Ohio University Prof. Alam Bayned said that the gap between the United States and the Arab region is expanding due to misunderstanding each other's views, asserting necessity of reaching a common understanding through avoiding wrong ideas.
Regional-USA, Politics, 12/22/2004
Blair in Baghdad, elections on time
Despite the deteriorated security conditions, the British prime minister Tony Blair and the Iraqi interim prime minister Eyad Allawi stressed in a joint press conference in Baghdad that the Iraqi elections will be carried out in its set date scheduled on January 30th.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 12/22/2004
Many killed in attack on American base in Musil
The US defense department announced that 24 persons were killed and 60 others injured at least in an explosion targeted one American base in Musil to the north of Iraq.
Iraq, Military, 12/22/2004
Israel release Abu Zeid
The medical committee at Rambam hospital in Haifa yesterday decided to release Syrian prisoner Hayel Abu Zeid from the occupied Syrian Golan heights, as part of the decision taken by the Israeli court on Monday, last week, in which it made it obligatory for the Israeli jails not to bring back Abu Zeid to prison.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/22/2004
Cappucci and accusations against Syria
Patriarch of Jerusalem in exile, Patriarch Hylarion Cappucci, has stressed that directing groundless accusations against Syria and putting pressure on her, are aimed at hindering Syria's role regionally and efforts on the international arena.
Palestine-Syria, Politics, 12/22/2004
AL chief calls on Israel to respond to Arab peace initiatives
Secretary General of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa urged Israel to respond to Arab calls for revival of the peace process in the Middle East and the implementation of peace requirements in line with the international resolutions.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 12/22/2004
Resistance is sole choice for Palestinian people, Kaddoumi
Palestinian Foreign Minister and head of Fatah movement, Farouk Kaddoumi, said the Palestinian people have no other choice but to pursue resistance to recover its rights from "people who refuse to renounce their colonialist goals."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/22/2004
Palestinians celebrate Arafat's 40-day death occasion; Abbas clings to peace with Israel
Chairman of the PLO executive committee Mahmoud Abbas ( Abu Mazin) stressed attachment to peace with Israel and vowed to "follow the steps of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat," calling on Israel to return back to the table of negotiations in order to reach a final solution for the conflict between the two sides.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/22/2004
Kindergarten employee and French man get 5 years each for paedophilia
The court of appeal of Rabat on Monday evening sentenced, in two separate cases, to five years in jail and a fine of 30,000 MAD (US$ 3,333) an employee of a Rabat kindergarten for raping a child and handed out a similar prison term against a 53-year old French national, accused of raping over 10 teens.
Morocco, Local, 12/22/2004
Israel announces the discover of 'Galilee Qana'
The department of antiquities in Israel announced yesterday the discovery of what it considered the remains of "Galilee Qana" where Christ performed his first miracles.
Palestine-Israel, Local, 12/22/2004
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The Political Bureau of the Lebanese Amal Movement warned against "falling in the fabricated traps aiming to make a crack in the Syrian-Lebanese relations."
Bahraini Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed Mubarak Bin Mubarak AL Khalifa has categorically denied that President Hosni Mubarak, during his recent tour, had asked Gulf States to establish relations with Israel.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said Israel was offering "aspirin" (placebo) solutions, adding, there were very positive steps taken by the Arabs that needed an answer in kind from the side of Israel.