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Saad al-Hariri wins the Lebanese elections in the north; Karami criticizes Mufti, Sfeir commends Aoun
Al-Mustaqbal ( future) trend lead by Saad al-Hariri and its allies in the north of Lebanon achieved great victory against its rivals, opening the door before a new political equilibrium in the country.
Lebanon, Politics, 6/20/2005
Suleiman Franjieh admits defeat in north Lebanon
On the other rivalry side of the Lebanese elections, Suleiman Franjieh on Sunday evening admitted that his list was defeated. He said "even if we loose, we are the real representatives for the Christian areas in north Lebanon." He added that if he wins alone the election in his list he will submit his resignation to the parliament.
Lebanon, Politics, 6/20/2005
Bashir: National unity government to be formed before July 9
President Bashir announced that a Sudanese national unity government would be formed on July 9. In his address marking the signing of the Cairo accord on national reconciliation in Sudan, he spoke of President Hosni Mubarak's earnest efforts to reach this agreement and his interest in Sudan's territorial integrity.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 6/20/2005
Libyan opposition prepares a congress demanding al-Qathafi to give up the authority
The Libyan opposition holds a conference in London on June 25 and 16 including more than 200 persons aiming at "Pressuring the Libyan leader col. Mu'ammar al-Qathafi to give up the authority."
Libya, Politics, 6/20/2005
Dardari- statements on stock exchange law
Syria's Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Abdullah al-Dardari expressed optimism over the issuing of the stock exchange law and its positive effects on the economic and investment prospects in Syria,.
Syria, Economics, 6/20/2005
The Iraqi constitution committee work is ongoing
The chairman of the parliamentary committee in charge of formulating the constitution, Humam Hammoudi, said that finalizing the writing of the permanent constitution in Iraq will be made in its set time on August 15, noting that work in certain branch committees was completed at a rate of 70 to 80 percent.
Iraq, Politics, 6/20/2005
Msouma Mubark takes oath, joins the Kuwaiti parliament today
The Kuwaiti minister of planning and minister of state for development affairs, Masouma Mubarak, the first woman to assume a ministerial post in Kuwait, took her constitutional oath on Saturday before the Kuwaiti crown prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah.
Kuwait, Politics, 6/20/2005
Qathafi: we have condemned because of our support to liberation movements
Libya embraced all liberation movements, for which Libya has been regarded and indeed up to this hour a state sponsor of terrorism
Libya-USA, Politics, 6/20/2005
Damascus: Suleiman Qaddah deputy chairman of the NPF
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has appointed the former assistant secretary general of the Baath party, Suleiman Qaddah, as his deputy in presiding over the National Progressive Front.
Syria, Politics, 6/20/2005
Jordanian prime minister seeks government reshuffle
The Jordanian prime minister Adnan Badran started his consultations to make a ministerial reshuffle on his government following the resignation of the minister of finance Basem Awadallah.
Jordan, Politics, 6/20/2005
UAE demands fundamental changes for its borders with Saudi Arabia
A high ranking United Arab Emirates UAE official said that the UAE wants to introduce fundamental changes to parts of the border agreement with Saudi Arabia because "they have become inapplicable."
United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 6/20/2005
Al-Zawahiri calls for toppling Arab rulers by Jihad, rather than demonstrations
The second ranking man in al-Qaida organization played down the peaceful calls to make change in the Islamic world. He said in a new video tape that "al-Jihad is the only way to reform the Islamic nation."
Regional, Politics, 6/20/2005
Bahrain defends police oppression of unemployed demonstrators
An official at the Bahraini ministry of the interior defended the police attacking and detaining several unemployed demonstrators during a march of protest on Sunday.
Bahrain, Politics, 6/20/2005
Islamist party deems anti-monarchy statements as 'nihilist'
"Claiming that the monarchy is not suitable for Morocco is absolute nihilism," said on Friday the leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) in a statement to the French-speaking weekly "Maroc Hebdo International."
Morocco, Politics, 6/20/2005
28 Iraqis killed in Iraq
Some 20 Iraqis including five regular policemen and large number of secret police were killed in a suicide attack targeting a restaurant near the headquarters of the government in the so-called Green Zone area.
Iraq, Military, 6/20/2005
British air bombardment of Iraqi sites
In the context of what is called chasing gunmen and terrorists in Iraq, the American army announced that American and British planes attacked position sites in al-Karbelah areas to the west of Baghdad near the Syrian borders. This was in the course of al-Ramh ( arrow ) operation which started on Friday.
Iraq-UK, Military, 6/20/2005
Moroccan ambassador lecture on world peace
Moroccan Ambassador in Syria, Abdelouahab Bellouki, said that strengthening peace prospects among nations could be established by mutual respect and the acceptance of other nations' cultural diversity and traditions on the basis of tolerance.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 6/20/2005
Egyptian FM meets with Israeli peer
The Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Abu al-Gheit has demanded the opening the Gaza borders following the Israeli withdrawal from it.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 6/20/2005
Rice in Israel, Palestinian territories; focus on end of Gaza occupation
The US Secretary Of State Condaleezzs Rice has concluded its visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel. In conclusion of her visit with the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on Sunday in Jerusalem, Rice said that Israel and the Palestinians agreed to destroy the houses of the settlers in Gaza which will be evacuated, according to the withdrawal plan due to be implemented in the mid of August.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 6/20/2005
Al-Jihad, Abu al-Reesh claim responsibility for Gaza attack
Al-Quds group, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, and groups of Ahmad Abu al-Reesh, which is close to the Fatah movement, claimed in a joint statement the attack which targeted earlier in the day against one Israeli military position to the south of Gaza and resulted in killing one Palestinian and one Israeli and wounding two other Israelis.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 6/20/2005
demonstrators in Europe denounce Algerian interference in Moroccan affairs
Thousands of demonstrators denounced, Sunday in the French capital, the Algerian interference in Morocco's domestic affairs, and its deceptive discourse regarding the Moroccan Sahara.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 6/20/2005
Mecca: one security officer assassinated
Unidentified men assassinated a senior security officer in Mecca. He had presided over the investigation department for the police in the city.
Saudi Arabia, Local, 6/20/2005
Sinai: two killed, 3 injured in clashes between the police, Bedouins
One police man and one persons suspected to be involved in preparing Taba's explosions were killed and other three police members injured on Friday in clashes that took place during a mopping up operation carried out by the security forces in the downtown of Sinai in search for the first persons accused for Taba explosions.
Egypt, Local, 6/20/2005
Japanese grant for Syria for water projects
Syria and Japan on Sunday signed mutual letters by which Japan offers Syria an 390-million-Yen economic grant ( USD 3.64 mln) to fund the project of rehabilitation of tunnels of water drawing to Damascus city.
Syria-Japan, Economics, 6/20/2005
A new take of The Hills Have Eyes to be shot soon in Morocco
The shooting of "The Hills Have Eyes" will begin June 27 in Morocco. The new take on Wes Craven's 1977 film of the same name will be directed by award-winning French filmmaker Alexandre Aja from a screenplay he penned with Gregory Levasseur, Fox Searchlight Pictures said recently.
Morocco, Local, 6/20/2005
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The Legislative Committee of Shura Council approved in principle yesterday the draft law of the political rights practice which was referred by President Mubarak with four draft laws to the council.
Syria and Morocco on Sunday signed a joint agreement to avoid double taxation and increase volume of investment between the two states.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu al-Gheit has stressed that Syria has implemented the part connected with her in the UN Security Council resolution No. 1559.
The Iraqi foreign minister Hoshiar Zeibari said that his country will ask Brussels conference which will be held next Wednesday for the largest international participation in the process of stability and rebuilding of Iraq, as well as debating political, economic and security Iraqi visions to the participants.
President Mohammad Khatami of Iran said Sunday his country is committed to Lebanese unity and stability, calling on international powers not to interfere in the Lebanese internal affairs.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has stressed that the Israeli nuclear arsenal constitutes a dangerous threat to the Middle East and a violation of the international resolutions.
Morocco reiterates refusal to let in Spanish citizens who have "flagrant preconception" against Moroccan territorial integrity, a press release of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said here Saturday.
Oil Minister Sameh Fahmi discussed with Palestinian Energy and Water Resources Minister Azzam Al-Shawa yesterday means to enhance joint cooperation in the fields of petroleum and gas.
Morocco Monday proposed the formation of a free trade area among Muslim nations as prelude to the creation of an ambitious Islamic Common Market to enhance intra-trade which can benefit nearly 1.3 billion Muslims.