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Saad Eddine Ibrahim intends to monitor the elections
Egyptian activist Saad Eddine Ibrahim said on Saturday he intends to monitor the parliamentary and presidential elections due to be held in Egypt in 2005, though he was detained in the past because of his monitoring of voting operations in earlier elections.
Egypt, Politics, 12/27/2004
Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed: Arab Free Trade Area in January won't affect Egypt industry
Egypt's Minister of Foreign Trade And Industry Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed said full liberalization of commodities of Arab origin within the framework of the Arab Free Trade Area by January 2005 will not affect the Egyptian industry.
Regional-Egypt, Economics, 12/27/2004
Rebels withdrew from the negotiations; Khartoum proposes federation for Darfur
The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael announced for the first time on Sunday that his government will propose, during the negotiations in Abuja with Darfur rebels, federal rule, as a framework for the political solution, at a time when rebels withdrew from the negotiations because of the "attacks" of the Sudanese forces in the district.
Sudan, Politics, 12/27/2004
Zeibari promises of fair trials, a request to release Aziz
The interim Iraqi foreign minister promised a fair trial for the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, considering it a basic matter to preserve the credibility of the new Iraqi government.
Iraq, Politics, 12/27/2004
Damascus denies Iraqi accusations, explosions renewed in Najaf
For the second time within one week the Najaf area has witnessed a booby trapped car explosion. This, however, coincided with Iraqi accusations to Damascus of being involved in these attacks.
Iraq-Syria, Politics, 12/27/2004
Fatah, Hamas win main Palestinian municipal seats
Vagueness still overshadow the number of municipal seats over which both the Palestine national liberation ( Fatah) and Islamic resistance ( Hamas) got in the first phase of the local elections in the West Bank which covered 26 municipal councils.
Palestine, Politics, 12/27/2004
Egyptian newspaper criticizes U.S. nuclear policy in Middle East
An influential Egyptian newspaper strongly criticized the American double-standard policy towards the Middle East through ignoring the Israeli nuclear arsenal which forms serious threat to the security and stability in the region, while putting strong pressures on Iran over its peaceful nuclear program.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 12/27/2004
Archbishop Hanna and the Palestinian Struggle
Spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Father Atallah Hanna, expressed pessimism over reaching a just settlement to the Palestinian issues.
Palestine, Politics, 12/27/2004
Israeli facilitations for candidates of Palestinian presidential elections
However, sources at the Palestinian central elections committee said that Israel has not so far provided a permission for two presidential candidates from Gaza and has not yet decided on permitting candidates to enter east Jerusalem.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/27/2004
Four Palestinians killed by the Israeli forces
Two Palestinians from Martyr Ezz Eddine al-Qassam groups, the military wing of the Islamic resistance ( Hamas) movement, were killed to the south of al-Breij camp in the downtown of Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/27/2004
Abu Ghait and the Follow-up Meeting of Sharm Al-Sheikh Conference
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu Ghait said his country was making contacts with countries which participated in the plenary conference in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh last month on Iraq to hold a follow-up meeting to carry out what had been agreed upon.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 12/27/2004
Annual industrial investments in Tunisia is half a billion dollars
Total value of industrial investments in Tunisia during the first 11 months of the current year reached 635 million Dinars, estimated at $ 539 million.
Tunisia, Economics, 12/27/2004
Oil leakage in al-Ahmadi, Kuwait controlled
The Kuwaiti national oil company said that an oil leakage took place during preparations for the shipment operation of the first ship of a crude oil transport at al-Ahmadi refinery.
Kuwait, Economics, 12/27/2004
Algeria expects stability in oil prices until February
The Algerian minister of energy and mines, Shakib Khalil, expected that oil prices will continue to be stable until February and to be reduced later with the seasonal decline in demand.
Algeria-Regional, Economics, 12/27/2004
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Chairman of the Egyptian intelligence Omar Suleiman yesterday paid an urgent visit to Saudi Arabia. One Egyptian diplomat said that Suleiman handed over the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz who received him in al-Dammam, a message from the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The accusation by the Iraqi police commander in Najaf city that Syria was responsible for the recent bombing incident there is rejected and condemned as irresponsible, an official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry told SANA news agency.
A leading Jordanian daily newspaper strongly criticized the American pressures on Syria, asserting that Damascus was keen on Iraq's stability and territorial integrity. In an article by Fuad Dabbour published Sunday, ad-Dustour said the U.S. administration had to recognize that its own policy lied behind its own dilemma in Iraq.
Pope John Paul II of the Vatican on Saturday said he was praying for peace in the world and the Holy Lands where Jesus Christ was born. He told thousands of believers at the St. Paul Square on the occasion of Christmas celebrations that those places should be kept safe under peace and justice.
In its Sunday weekly issue the Syrian al-Iqtisadeyah said that Syria's First Lady Mrs. Asmaa al-Assad gave birth on December 16 for a baby boy, her third. The weekly did not disclose the name of the baby.