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Human rights in the Middle East are deteriorating
The annual report of the American Human rights Watch said that human rights has witnessed notable deterioration in several Middle Eastern countries reflected basically in detainees torturing operations and the restrictions imposed on the opposition forces.
Regional, Politics, 1/15/2005
King of Bahrain establishes a ministry, appoints second woman minister
The king of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has made a ministerial reshuffle which is the first since the last reshuffle of 2002, according to which he established a new ministry for social affairs and introduced two new ministers.
Bahrain, Politics, 1/15/2005
Mubarak: I will remain in authority if the Egyptians want
The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will abide by the will of his people if the Egyptians want him to stay in power, stressing in a TV interview that his job requires tremendous efforts.
Egypt, Politics, 1/15/2005
Al-Assad: talks with Putin will not include buying missiles
The Russian "Itar Tass" quoted the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as saying that the issue of Syria's buying missiles system from Russia will not be on the agenda of his talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on January 24th.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 1/15/2005
IER delegation visits old detention center in Casablanca
A delegation of the Justice and Reconciliation commission (IER), an official body set up last January to seek out-of-court settlement of past human rights abuses, paid on Friday a visit to the old detention center of Derb Moulay Cherif, in Casablanca.
Morocco, Politics, 1/15/2005
Bomb explosion in the headquarters of the ruling party's electronic paper
The headquarters of the of the electronic publication of the ruling people's congress party "Congress Net" was attacked yesterday evening by a mortar thrown by unidentified men before they opened fire on it.
Sudan, Politics, 1/15/2005
Lahoud expresses concern over settling the Palestinians
Lebanese Army Commander Major General Michel Suleiman held Israel responsibility for the Mideast peace process hindering. In a meeting with Arab and foreign military attaches league, Suleiman called Israel to implement the international resolutions relevant to the Arab-Israeli conflict noting that its continuous breaching of Lebanon's sovereignty is a steady hostile act against Lebanon.
Lebanon-Palestine, Politics, 1/15/2005
Iraqi defense minister: elections will be incomplete without Sunni participation
the Iraqi defense minister Hazem al-Shalan said that the Iraqi elections will be incomplete without the participation of the Sunnis who call for postponing the elections. Al-Shalan questioned in an interview with the Iraqi TV "is it logical that the Iraqi constitutions will be formulated just by one social strata?"
Iraq, Politics, 1/15/2005
British circles: US policy is a failure in Iraq
British writer and analyst, John Maples, has warned against further deterioration of the situation in the Middle East unless the US. President George W. Bush's administration change its policies in the region.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 1/15/2005
Ansar al-Islam statement claims responsibility for al-Seistani representative
A statement by Ansar al-Islam group in Iraq alleged in a statement on the Internet it had assassinated Mamhoud al-Madaeini the representative of Ayatullah Ali al-Seistani, while the Muslim Scholars Commission condemned the incident and described it as a criminal act.
Iraq, Military, 1/15/2005
Continued killing in Iraq
Gunmen assassinated Abdul Karim Jasem al-Obeidi, the official for the election center in al-A'mel quarters to the west of Baghdad on Thursday evening.
Iraq, Military, 1/15/2005
Patrick Seale says Sharon's moves are tactics
British journalist Patrick Seale on Friday said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's goals are strategic embodied in the West Bank occupation and the prevention of building the Palestinian state stressing that any other moves by Sharon are just tactics.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/15/2005
Follow-up committee for supporting detainees in Israeli jails
Secretary General of the Follow-up Committee for Supporting Detainees at Israeli jails Mohammad Safa has called for action on all levels to support the detainees' steadfastness and to set them free.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 1/15/2005
Abbas criticizes al-Mintar attack operation, Palestinians celebrate it
Elected President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, said that al-Mintar crossing attack operation in Gaza which resulted in killing 6 Israelis and nine Palestinians by Israelis this week does not serve the peace process.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/15/2005
US report predicts terrorists will thrive, but in new ways
A US government report said that terrorist groups will continue to use conventional weapons and explosives in future attacks -- adding new creative destructive twists while adapting constantly to elude counterterrorist efforts, according to a newly released intelligence forecast.
Regional-USA, Politics, 1/15/2005
Fisheries accord with Morocco, an 'urgent priority' to EU
European Commissioner for Fisheries, Joe Borg, stated Thursday that the conclusion of a fisheries accord with Morocco is an "urgent priority" for the European Union (EU).
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 1/15/2005
Meteorite found in Morocco contains little metal
Geo-chemical and mineral analyses of the meteorite found two months ago near the Moroccan central town of Benguerir show the asteroid belongs to the ordinary chondrite type, which does not contain much metal matter, said Mrs Hasna Chennaoui, of the American meteorite directory.
Morocco, Local, 1/15/2005
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The Higher judiciary council in Saudi Arabia announced that Eid al-Adha al-Mubarak falls Thursday, January 20th. The Saudi News agency quoted a statement by the council that Zee al-Hijja month started on last Tuesday and therefore standing of pilgrims on the Arafah mountain will be on Wednesday 19 of the current month ( January).
President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon on Friday said that Lebanon respects all international resolutions, asserting the dire need for the implementation of previous international resolutions.
King Juan Carlos of Spain pleaded, in Madrid, Thursday, for close relations between Madrid and "peoples of the Maghreb" in 2005, thanking immigrants for their contribution to the progress of Spain.