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Imprisonment for Omanis convicted of trying to topple the regime
An Omani court on Monday issued sentences of one to 20 year imprisonment against 31 persons who were convicted of being members in a "banned secret organization" seeking to topple the regime in the Sultanate.
Oman, Politics, 5/3/2005
Trial of three reformers in Saudi Arabia resumed
A Saudi court resumed on Monday the trial of three Saudi reformers in a close door session. The three men had demanded the introduction of political reforms after it was postponed last week.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/3/2005
Kuwait's parliament fails to endorse women's participation in elections
The Kuwaiti parliament has failed to endorse a draft law supported by the government to permit women to take part in the local elections after it approved it two weeks earlier.
Kuwait, Politics, 5/3/2005
Jafaari completes his government by including Sunni Arabs
The Iraqi interim Prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari completed the formation of his government by including representatives for the Arab Sunni who pulled out several days ago from the government under the pretext that they have low profile in it.
Iraq, Politics, 5/3/2005
Egyptian-Saudi summit in Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday
Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdel Aziz, the Saudi Crown Prince and the Chief of the Saudi National Guard will pay a flight visit to Egypt on Thursday in the context of his current foreign tour.
Saudi Arabia-Egypt, Politics, 5/3/2005
23 Iraqis killed in Monday's confrontations
Some 23 Iraqis were killed and others were injured in attacks in nine booby trapped cars, four of which were in the capital Baghdad on Monday with one of them targeting a senior official at the Iraqi ministry of the interior. However, he survived the attack.
Iraq, Military, 5/3/2005
On the Australian hostage in Iraq
Muwaffaq al-Rubei, the Iraqi national security advisor, said that the American forces and other foreign forces in Iraq will start more expectedly to withdraw in large numbers by the fall of the mid of 2006.
Iraq-Australia, Politics, 5/3/2005
Two American planes disappeared in Iraq
The American army said it lost contacts with two jet fighters of FA -18 Hornet type while flying in the Iraqi airspace.
Iraq-USA, Military, 5/3/2005
Manama, Cairo host two conferences in support of Jerusalem
The Jerusalem foundation convenes a meeting in Manama on June 18- 20 in order to discuss providing material and morale support for the citizens of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 5/3/2005
Protest demonstrations in Mauritania over Shalom's visit
Mauritania yesterday witnessed several demonstrations in protest of the visit expected to be held by the Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom to Nouakchott during this year.
Mauritania-Israel, Politics, 5/3/2005
Hamas refuses to withdraw its weapons
The Islamic Resistance movement ( Hamas) refused the decision of the Palestinian minister of the interior, Nasser Youssef, to stop showing the weapons of the groups in the streets. The spokesman for the movement Sami Abu Zehri said that the statements of the Palestinian government official is too far from understandings with the Palestinian groups.
Palestine, Politics, 5/3/2005
Economic and political reforms in Arab homeland:conference
Syria's Minister of Higher Education Hani Murtada said Monday that the Conference of the 'Political and Economic Reforms in the Arab Homeland' is an expression of the Syrian leadership's openness to dialogue and reform.
Syria, Education, 5/3/2005
Egyptian natural gas reaches Jordan's houses soon
Jordan-Egypt, Economics, 5/3/2005
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Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Shiite Higher Council in Lebanon Abdul Amir Qabalan hailed the Syrian-Lebanese historical relations as saying "Syria and Lebanon are one people." In a statement to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Anbaa published Monday, Qabalan renewed his rejection of all attempts to foreign interventions in Lebanon's internal affairs or targeting its national resistance.
Lattakia Governor Zahid Hajj Moussa on Monday said that private banks in Syria contribute to boosting the national economy and activating the work of the public sector in addition to improving services offered to customers.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Monday chaired a meeting of the Central Leadership of the National Progressive Front (NPF ) at al-Shaab Palace. The NPF Central Committee discussed the Arab, regional and international latest developments.