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Finance minister says debts settlement boosts cooperation with Russia
Syria's Minister of Finance Muhammad al-Hussein said Wednesday that agreement on settling debts, signed between Syria and Russia today, is in the interests of both countries and opens the way for more advanced relations.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 1/27/2005
King Abdullah discusses the division of Jordan to three districts
The Jordanian King Abdullah II said he will reconsider the administrative divisions in the Kingdom in order to form three districts of elected local councils, with each district including several governorates.
Jordan, Politics, 1/27/2005
Amnesty International praises Morocco's 'Increasing openness on human rights'
Amnesty International has welcomed "greater openness (in Morocco) on human rights, including in public debates about the legacy of past violations, and encouraging signs of progress towards greater respect for the rule of law."
Morocco, Politics, 1/27/2005
Jordanian police disperse trade union meetings
The Jordanian police pervented on Wednesday a meeting by force for the trade union organizations presumed to be held in the trade union complex in Amman.
Jordan, Politics, 1/27/2005
King Fahd removes chairman of the intelligence department from his post
King Fahd of Saudi Arabia issued a royal decision for removing the chairman of the general intelligence prince Nawaf Bin Abdul Aziz from his post and appointing him as a special advisor for the royal court at the grade of a minister.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/27/2005
Sudan's cooperation agreement with the European Union
Sudan and the European Union signed at the headquarters of the Commission in Brussels a cooperation agreement following 15 years of cessation, following the end of the longest war in Africa.
Sudan-European Union, Politics, 1/27/2005
Curfew in Iraq to maintain security for the elections
The Iraqi minister of the interior Falah al-Naqib said that as from tomorrow Friday, curfew will be introduced from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. for three days in order to ensure the security of the elections.
Iraq, Politics, 1/27/2005
More Iraqis killed, injured
In Beiji to the north of Baghdad, 11 schools directors abstained from opening their schools to be used as election centers of fears to be blown up by gunmen.
Iraq, Politics, 1/27/2005
31 American soldiers killed in a plane crash, clashes in Iraq
Some 38 American soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash and clashes in various parts of Iraq on Wednesday, just four days before the legislative elections.
Iraq-USA, Military, 1/27/2005
India shares Syria positions over the region
Indian Ambassador in Damascus Arif S. Khan said Wednesday that India shares Syria her vision and attitude over all causes that trouble the region.
Syria-India, Politics, 1/27/2005
Israeli - Palestinian security, political meetings resumed
Security and political meetings resumed between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Two meetings were held in Jerusalem and the West Bank, hours after the consent of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon to resume contacts with the Palestinian authorities after he had frozen it on January 14 following a Palestinian operation in Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/27/2005
Four Palestinians killed by the Israeli forces
Three Palestinian activists were killed and a fourth was seriously injured as the Israeli forces opened their machine-gun fire at them in Qalqilya to the north of the West Bank.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/27/2005
NGO calls for 'Algerian commitment' to determine fate of disappeared Sahrawis
The Sweden-based Association for the Defense of the Population Sequestered in Tindouf (ADESETI) has called for Algeria's commitment to determine the fate of the Sahrawis who disappeared in Tindouf camps, southern Algeria.
Morocco-Sweden, Politics, 1/27/2005
AL Azhar Grand Imam regrets linking jihad to terrorism
The Grand Imam of Al Azhar Mohamad Sayyed Tantawi affirmed that peace was one of Islam's principles, pointing out that Islam considered any attack on a human being as an attack on all humanity.
Egypt-Regional, Religion, 1/27/2005
Morocco, Maersk-Akwa Holding sign convention on Tangier-Med container terminal concession
Moroccan Prime Minister, Driss Jettou, chaired, in Rabat Wednesday, the signing of a convention, between Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA) and Maersk-Akwa holding, on the concession of the first Tangier Med container terminal.
Morocco, Business, 1/27/2005
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In another development, Amnesty International announced in a statement on Tuesday that the Sudanese authorities re-detained the Sudanese human rights activist Madwi Ibrahim Adam.
President Bashar al-Assad and chairman of the Russian Duma, Boris Gryzlov, discussed on Wednesday the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of boosting them in all domains, particularly in the parliamentary field.
President Hosni Mubarak will take part in the world economic forum for Mercosur grouping, which will be also attended by a number of Arab states.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East William Burns on Wednesday said that his country is committed to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Syria signed on Wednesday the first agreement between an Arab state and the Russian academy for the ballet dancing. That has come during a visit made by Syria's First Lady Assma al-Assad for the Russian Academy affiliated from the Bolshoi theater.
"President Hosni Mubarak will receive on Saturday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo before leaving to Abuja, leading Egypt's delegation to the meetings of the African Summit set for January 30-31," said Presidential Spokesman, ambassador Suleiman Awwad.
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said yesterday the prospective visit of President Hosni Mubarak to the US is welcome.
Diplomats in the US capital Washington said that Washington is studying a new draft law at the UN over Darfur that would impose weapons sanctions and sanctions on officials over human rights violations.