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Unidentified group claims responsibility for Cairo explosion
the Egyptian opposition strongly deplored al-Azhar quarters explosions and called on the government not to exploit it in order to obstruct the political reforms in Egypt.
Egypt, Politics, 4/9/2005
On the Iraqi government schedule and the constitution
Current consultations carried out by the designated Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to form the government coincided on Friday with the call advocated by the representative of the Higher Council For The Islamic Revolution In Iraq, Sheikh Sader Eddine al-Qabanji, in Friday's sermon, to write a new constitution for the country and to be accepted by all, foremost the religious leaders."
Iraq, Politics, 4/9/2005
Calls for demonstrations on the second anniversary of the invasion of Baghdad
Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clergies in Baghdad on Friday called on the Iraqis to demonstrate against occupation today, Saturday, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the occupation of Iraq on April 9th, 2003.
Iraq, Politics, 4/9/2005
Tunisian police bans a demonstration against Sharon's visit
Once again, the Tunisian police banned an opposition demonstration in protest of inviting the Israeli prime minister Arial Sharon to visit Tunis in order to take part in the world summit for the information society in November this year.
Tunisia-Israel, Politics, 4/9/2005
Lebanon calls for a quick investigation of Hariri assassination
The moves on ground regarding the withdrawal of the Syrian forces from Lebanon, coupled with accelerated developments at the political level following the issuance of UN resolution 1595, provided for the formation of an international investigation committee on the assassination of the Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri.
Lebanon-UN, Politics, 4/9/2005
Explosion in Beirut, explosives truck seized heading to Syria
The Lebanese police said that one bomb was thrown at a building including a branch for one banks in Dohour al-Shweif area, in the Lebanese northern Maten area in the Mount Lebanon on Friday evening.
Lebanon-Syria, Local, 4/9/2005
Syria pays sp 200 million for Golan apple farmers
Syria's Ministry of Finance offered the General Institution for Freezing, Storing and Marketing a loan of SP 200 million to pay the price of apples bought from Syrian citizens of occupied Golan, a newspaper said on Friday.
Syria, Politics, 4/9/2005
Khatami: Syria's decision to pull out forces from Lebanon is wise
"Syria's decision to pull out its forces from Lebanon is a wise decision, Iran's president said on Friday.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 4/9/2005
Bank of Alexandria to be privatized; government growth rate up to 6 per cent, Nazif says
The government is working on increasing the growth rate to up to 6 per cent over the coming five years, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said on Friday.
Egypt, Economics, 4/9/2005
Djibouti police disperse demonstrators against presidential elections
Djibouti, Politics, 4/9/2005
Syria, Egypt hold talks on gas cooperation project
Egypt's Minister of petroleum and Mineral Resources Sameh Fahmi conferred Friday with his Syrian counterpart Ibrahim Hadad currently visiting Egypt on the executive programs of an Arab gas pipeline venture, whose second stage is implemented by the Egyptian oil sector companies.
Egypt-Syria, Economics, 4/9/2005
Confrontations, killing in Iraq
The second anniversary of Iraq's occupation was marked by continued confrontations between gunmen and the American forces in which Iraqi civilians were killed. Four American soldiers were injured in clashes in al-Sharqat town to the north of Baghdad.
Iraq, Military, 4/9/2005
Britain closes its embassy in Yemen because of Saadah conditions
The British foreign office closed its embassy in Yemen for an undetermined time after receiving security threats.
Yemen-UK, Politics, 4/9/2005
U.S. pressing for allied assistance at Sudan donors' conference
The U.S. government hopes to use the international momentum of humanitarian and development assistance in response to the tsunami disaster in South Asia to spark a similar outpouring of support for Sudan at an international donors' conference in Oslo, Norway, April 11-12.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 4/9/2005
Moroccan customs revenues increased 6.1% in 2004
The ADII limited the customs clearance duration in 46 minutes and set up a strategy to fight fraud and disloyal competition to clean up business environment and improve companies competitiveness.
Morocco, Economics, 4/9/2005
UN, African Union condemn attack on Darfur village by armed militia
United Nations and African Union representatives yesterday condemned a "senseless and pre-meditated savage attack" Thursday on a town in the western Darfur area of Sudan by more than 350 armed militia while the Government dragged its heels in designating land for the AU monitoring force meant to deter such incidents.
Sudan-UN, Politics, 4/9/2005
Demonstrators denounce Polisario crimes, in Geneva nations square
A demonstration was staged in Geneva Friday morning at the Nations square to denounce the crimes and violations perpetrated by the Algeria-backed Polisario against the populations of Tindouf camps, South-West Algeria.
Morocco-Switzerland, Politics, 4/9/2005
Morocco, Mauritania sign two educational cooperation accords
Morocco and Mauritania signed, in Nouakchott Thursday, two accords to develop cooperation in education and illiteracy eradication for the three coming years.
Mauritania-Morocco, Education, 4/9/2005
Some 13 persons were killed by gunmen to the south of Algiers
he sources added that the attackers set fire after that in the cars and in the truck where 10 burnt bodies were found in addition to one wounded.
Algeria, Local, 4/9/2005
Less than 40,000 Moroccan 'undocumented' immigrants applied for regularization in Spain
Only 38,968 undocumented Moroccans have applied for the regularization of their situation in Spain, compared to the expected 100,000 at the beginning of the process, announced, in Madrid Thursday, Spanish Minister of Work and Social Affairs, Jesus Caldera.
Morocco-Spain, Local, 4/9/2005
Morocco receives $ 2.92 m to eliminate vitamins and minerals deficiencies
Morocco obtained a 2.92 million dollars grant from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to counter iron deficiency anemia and vitamin A and D deficiency related problems among women and young children.
Morocco-USA, Health, 4/9/2005
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Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak hailed role of late Pope John Paul II of the Vatican in supporting Arab rights and efforts to achieve world peace, Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni, who led Egypt's delegation to the Pope's funeral, said Friday.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak received last night a phone call from leader of the Libyan Revolution Muammar al-Qathafi.
A Syrian information source said Friday that during Pope John Paul II's funeral, the ceremony and the rites necessitate the participants to shake hands formally. "Mr. Katsav turned to President Bashar al-Assad who was standing amid a host of leaders and presidents and shook hands with him without exchanging any verbal phrases," the source told the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA in reaction to what has been reported by media.
Turkish president Ahmet Necdet Sezer announced on Thursday his talks with President Bashar al-Assad next week in Damascus are going to deal with bilateral ties and regional developments in the Middle East.
Lebanese MP Walied Junblat called for implementing the Taif Accord and considered it as a guarantee for everyone's interest in Lebanon, as well as for a distinguished relations with Syria.
Syrian Arab Popular Committee to Support the Palestinian Intifada sent on Thursday 465 tons of material contributions to brethren in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday stressed the importance of the first Arab-Latin Summit due next May in Brazilia, pointing out that it will secure possibility of discovering great chances for boosting cooperation between Arab states and Latin America.
Pope John Paul II's coffin was laid to rest on Friday under St. Peter Vatican's old basilica amid choirs singing in Latin, the tolling of bells, applause and tears of crowds who came into St. Peter's square to bid an emotional farewell to Pope John Paul II.
The Arab-Australian Gathering on Friday announced support to Syria against the current pressures, asserting support to the Lebanese resistance against foreign intervention.
The Executive Office of the Arab Justice Ministers' Council will hold its 32nd conference at the Cairo-based Arab League on Sunday. On top of the Agenda of the two-day meeting are an Arab anti-terror agreement and Arab coordination on crime prevention at international forums.
The world Bank lent Morocco 31 million euros to contribute to the construction funding of some 625 km of roads, part of the country's programme of rural road building (PNRR-II).