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Parliamentary meeting to discuss the Hariri assassination
The Lebanese opposition received a preliminary consent from the speaker of the Lebanese parliament to convene a general session to discuss the assassination of former prime minister Rafic Hariri. Such discussions will permit the opposition to debate the issue of confidence in the government.
Lebanon, Politics, 2/22/2005
Massive Lebanese demonstrations demanding withdrawal of Syrian forces
Scores of thousands of Lebanese demonstrated yesterday in the downtown of Beirut at the request of the opposition, chanting slogans calling for sacking the government and the withdrawal of the Syrian forces.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 2/22/2005
Hoss: Syrian presence in Lebanon is legitimate
Former Lebanese Premier Salem al-Hoss said Monday that the Syrian troops presence in Lebanon doesn't violate Lebanese sovereignty because it was based on the acceptance of Lebanese government.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 2/22/2005
Syria's position on Lebanon outlined by Arab League chief
The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, said that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad showed great interest in making a rapid investigation to disclose who was behind Hariri's assassination.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 2/22/2005
Egyptian al-Ghad party rejects foreign intervention
The Egyptian al-Ghad party rejected any foreign aids, ignoring criticism addressed by the US administration over the detention of the party's leader Ayman Nour.
Egypt, Politics, 2/22/2005
Demonstrations in Cairo against extension for President Mubarak
Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated on Monday before Cairo university against extension for President Hosni Mubarak for a fifth term of office that may allow him to stay in power for 30 years. The demonstrations were also against what has been rumored on inheriting the rule by his younger son Jamal.
Egypt, Politics, 2/22/2005
Rasheed highlights economic stability, transparency to create investment, attracting climate
Egypt's Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed said that the government is keen to provide economic stability and transparency to create an investment and attracting climate.
Egypt, Economics, 2/22/2005
Bush warns Syria
US President George W. Bush strongly warned Syria, demanding Damascus to end its occupation to Lebanon.
Syria-USA, Politics, 2/22/2005
Amnesty International: Iraqi women not in better condition than under Saddam's rule
Amnesty International said that women in Iraq are not in a better situation of what they were under the rule of Saddam Hussein, two years after the invasion of Iraq which was led by the USA.
Iraq, Politics, 2/22/2005
More attacks in Iraq
Attacks and explosions continued on Monday in various parts of Iraq. In Baghdad, an American military vehicle was exposed to an attack by explosives in al-Doura quarters and this resulted in damaging the vehicle.
Iraq, Military, 2/22/2005
Journalist kidnapped; release of hostages in Iraq
Gunmen in Iraq kidnapped one journalist working in the Iraqi TV channel with her son in the downtown of this city which is situated to the north of Iraq.
Iraq, Local, 2/22/2005
Differences in Fatah postpones the ratification of the legislative council on Qurei's government
The Palestinian Legislative Council on Monday postponed voting confidence for the new Palestinian government chaired by Ahmad Qurei until today ( Tuesday) in order to make more consultations inside the Palestinian national liberation movement ( Fatah) because of differences between members of Fatah bloc in the council against the formation of the government.
Palestine, Politics, 2/22/2005
Israel releases 500 Palestinian prisoners
Israel has released 500 Palestinian prisoners. This was in the course of what Tel Aviv describes as positive inclinations and confidence building measures with the Palestinian authority.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/22/2005
Israel approves importing natural gas from Egypt
Israeli sources said on Monday that the Israeli infrastructure minister Benjamin Ben Aliazer ratified a memorandum of political understanding between Israel and Egypt over importing $3 billion worth natural gas from Cairo.
Egypt-Israel, Economics, 2/22/2005
Four accused persons deny planning to launch attacks in Jordan
Four Islamists activists defended themselves against accusations of conspiring to kill American and Israeli tourists during their trial on Monday.
Jordan, Local, 2/22/2005
four soldiers killed in an ambush to the east of Algiers
Four Algerian soldiers were killed in an ambush implanted by gunmen suspected to be members of al-Salafeyah Group For Call suspected to be linked to al-Qaida organization.
Algeria, Local, 2/22/2005
Egypt, Germany sign contract for wind-power station
Egypt and Germany have signed a contract to jointly finance the construction of a wind-energy power station in the Zaafarana area on the Red Sea.
Egypt-Germany, Economics, 2/22/2005
'For Bread Alone' to be screened in Cannes
Morocco, Local, 2/22/2005
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI arrived, in Liberville, Monday, on a working and friendship visit to Gabon.
Lebanese Minister of Labor Assem Qansaw stressed that Israel is the only beneficiary of the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafic Hariri, pointing out that his demise is a loss to all Lebanese and the Arab nation.
"Extension in term of President Emil Lahoud of Lebanon is not a reason for the American and French move to issue the UN resolution No. 1559," a senior official at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
CNN reported yesterday on US government secret talks with the Iraqi insurgents. It said that the talks are with the former Baath party faction of the insurgents, and not the Islamists, since the US view them as having common objective on end of occupation but that they differ on the form of government they want, with the Baathist wanting a secular government and not an Islamic government, the report said.
Chairman of the Arab-French Solidarity Society Lucien Peterlan on Monday said Syria has adopted peace as a strategic option and has always called for the resumption of peace negotiations in line with international law.
Speaker of the People's Assembly highlighted on Monday importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East in accordance with the international resolutions.