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New York Times: Blair admits authenticity of the Downing Street Memo
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has finaly admitted the authenticity of the so-called "Downing Street Memos" in an interview with the Associated Press which also viewed the memo, the New York Times reported yesterday.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 6/30/2005
New political umbrella for the resistance in Iraq
The former Iraqi minister of electricity Ayham al-Samerai' announced the formation of a new political entity under the name "the national council for the unity and building up of Iraq." This gathering includes representatives for the Iraqi resistance groups, civil society movements, as well as independent and tribal political figures.
Iraq, Politics, 6/30/2005
Damascus calls al-Atasi Forum to stop activities
The Arab Human Rights Organization in Syria announced that the Syrian authorities asked "al-Atasi Forum" for national dialogue to stop its activities.
Syria, Politics, 6/30/2005
Syria and Qatar discuss situation in the region
Syria and Qatar conferred on Wednesday the situation in the Arab area and international and regional developments.
Syria-Qatar, Politics, 6/30/2005
Leaderships of ruling Sudanese party meets Turabi at his home arrest
Three leaders of the ruling national party in Sudan met with the leader of the People's Congress, Hassan al-Turabi, in his home arrest residence in Kafouri suburb in Khartoum, in a step that indicates that his release has become near.
Sudan, Politics, 6/30/2005
Syria vows to maintain best of relations with Iraq
"Syria is looking for the best of relations with brotherly Iraq in all fields," Deputy Foreign Minister said Wednesday pointing out that Syria has expressed readiness for security cooperation with Iraq saying "Iraq's stability is part of Syria's and the region's stability as well."
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 6/30/2005
Saudi Arabia protests a bridge linking between UAE, Qatar
Saudi mass media said that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will complain before Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over a project to build a bridge linking the two states on the ground it passes over its territorial waters.
Saudi Arabia-Gulf, Politics, 6/30/2005
Sherif: We are not launching reform from vacuum; our history is full of achievements
Secretary General of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Safwat Al Sherif said Wednesday that Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak will sign a number of political laws next week, ahead of being issued with the aim of realizing greater democracy.
Egypt, Politics, 6/30/2005
Creation of consulting center on human rights
Created by virtue of a cooperation convention between the American Bar Association (ABA) and the school of law, the center is due to provide practical training for students in conducting research and elaborating legal texts.
Morocco-USA, Culture, 6/30/2005
USCRI deplores Algeria's denial of freedom to Tindouf camps detainees
The Washington-based US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has deplored that the Moroccans sequestered by the "Polisario" in Tindouf camps, southern Algeria, are denied the freedom of movement.
Algeria-USA, Politics, 6/30/2005
International Criminal Court finds 'credible' information on grave crimes in Darfur
There is a "significant amount of credible information" to show that grave crimes have taken place in Sudan's Darfur region, and every effort will be made to identify those who bear the greatest responsibility, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council yesterday.
Sudan-UN, Politics, 6/30/2005
Continued attacks in Iraq
Three Iraqi police men were killed. They were members of the Iraqi ministry of the interior. Other six were injured in confrontations took place with gunmen in the first officer's quarters in Samera to the north of Baghdad on Wednesday.
Iraq, Military, 6/30/2005
13 Iraqis killed during the 24 hours
The past 24 hours witnessed the killing of 13 Iraqis and injuring other 19 in a series of attacks took place in several Iraqi cities. The attacks took place while the American Marines continued for the third running days an operation in west Euphrates area in al-Anbar governorate.
Iraq, Military, 6/30/2005
Syria urges effective role for OIC
Syria's Deputy FM Walied al-Mua'llem stressed, in his speech before the Organization of the Islamic Conference Foreign Ministers Meeting in the Yemeni Capital of Sana'a, the importance of realizing, during the conference, a joint perception related to reform of the United Nations as well as expanding the Security Council's membership.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 6/30/2005
Tishrin: 4.475 million is the size of the labor force in Syria
A survey carried out by the Central Statistics Bureau in cooperation with the Anti-Unemployment Commission stressed that the total labor force in Syria is 4.475 million workers, Tishrin daily newspaper said Wednesday.
Syria, Economics, 6/30/2005
Spanish FM recognizes Morocco let media in Sahara
"We should be fair towards Morocco and admit that the Moroccan authorities let international media in the Sahara (Morocco's southern provinces), and allowed them to carry out their job freely," affirmed, Wednesday, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 6/30/2005
Israeli raids after Hizbullah bombarded Shebaa farms, the Golan
The Lebanese Hizbullah party bombarded Israeli positions in the occupied Syrian Golan heights and the Shebaa forms in south Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon, while Israeli military sources admitted that four Israelis were injured.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 6/30/2005
Kuwaiti parliament approves budget with a $10.5 billion deficit
The Kuwaiti Ummah nation council ( parliament) has approved a budget with a deficit of 3.08 billion Kuwaiti dinars ( $ 10.5 billion) for the fiscal year 2005- 2006, which expires in March next year.
Kuwait, Economics, 6/30/2005
NGO calls for probe into death of young Sahrawi
An NGO defending the populations sequestered in the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps (southwestern Algeria) has called for conducting a probe into the murder of a young Sahrawi who died under torture.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 6/30/2005
Europe's and America's Moroccans mobilize for Sahara issue
The Moroccan community living in Italy will stage, Thursday, a demonstration in Rome to denounce Algeria's stance against Morocco's territorial integrity, and call for the liberation of the Moroccans sequestered in the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps, southwestern Algeria.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 6/30/2005
Only 4 percent of Arab women use the Internet
Only 4 percent of Arab women use the Internet, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission For Western Asia (ECWA).
Regional, Economics, 6/30/2005
Fahmi: Gold mines discovered in al-Elaqi Valley
"Three gold mines have been discovered in al-Ela1qi Valley, South of Eastern desert," Egypt's Minister of Oil, Sameh Fahmi, announced yesterday.
Egypt, Economics, 6/30/2005
Several shantytowns destroyed in Laayoune
Several shantytowns were destroyed in the Moroccan Southern of Laayoune part of the national program on the eradication of slums, said on Wednesday housing and urbanism minister Ahmed Toufiq Hjira at a question time at the House of Representatives.
Morocco, Economics, 6/30/2005
UAE holding eyes Morocco for its growth potential
The UAE holding "Dubai International Properties" (DIP) has chosen Morocco for investment because of its "good growth potential," said Farhan Faradooni, CEO of DIP, which participates in the development of "Amwaj" project in Bouregreg valley.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, Business, 6/30/2005
Euro-Mediterranean needs 'better strategy' to face Chinese textile products
Moroccan Industry Minister Salaheddine Mezouar called on Tuesday euro-Mediterranean countries for adopting a "better strategy" to face the invasion of Chinese textile products.
Morocco-Regional, Economics, 6/30/2005
Moroccan among wanted terrorism suspects in Saudi Arabia
Moroccan Younes Mohamed Ibrahim Hiyari appears in a list issued by Saudi authorities on 36 suspected terrorists believed to be linked to a series of terror attacks across the country.
Saudi Arabia-Morocco, Local, 6/30/2005
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The government is mulling comprehensive consultations to associate the civil society and local authorities in the implementation of the National Initiative for Human Development (NIHD), said Wednesday, Morocco's Communication minister and Government spokesman Nabil Benabdallah.
"The end of the Cold War and globalization are the main reasons for Arab countries to revise their social and political systems and express their readiness to follow the path of modernization and democratization," the Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Amr Moussa said yesterday.
The Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari arrived in Kuwait on Wednesday in a short visit, which is his second within days. It is due that al-Jaafari will hold during this visit pertaining to closing pending issues between the two states and means of developing bilateral relations. Upon his arrival he met with the Kuwaiti deputy premier Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and several Kuwaiti ministers and officials.
Syria, Jordan and Lebanon celebrate Wednesday launching a joint regional project of integrated administration of waste that result from olive pressing mills.
French Minister of Defense Michele Allot-Marie arrived in Cairo yesterday leading a French delegation on a three-day visit to Egypt during which she will meet with President Hosni Mubarak.
The Spanish ministry of industry announced on Wednesday it ordered a Satellite company to halt broadcasting of Hizbullah's al-Manar TV station to Latin America.
An Algerian human rights NGO delegation is due to visit Morocco's Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER) headquarters part of a study visit to Morocco, said an IER communique.
A Saudi Arabian official announced that King Fahd who has been hospitalized since May 27 is in a "stable " health condition, following rumors that his condition deteriorated or he passed away.
Delegations of the Egyptian and Turkish foreign ministries started political consultations yesterday at the Turkish Foreign Ministry premises in Ankara. This round of political consultations is the first of its kind to be held at the level of assisstant foreign ministers since June 2001.
Chief of the consultative, technical committee of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, affirmed Egypt's keenness on combating all forms of violence against children. Mrs. Mubarak pointed out that this problem should be fought by all government and civil society efforts.
Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohie Eddin received yesterday Head of Indian Industries Union. They discussed means of boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries and increasing the volume of Indian investments in Egypt.
Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Maghrabi and Italy's ambassador to Egypt Antonio Badini witness this evening a concert at the Sound and Light theater under the title of "Italy meets Egypt."
Three Lebanese were killed including a teenager girl and other seven were injured from machinegun fire on Tuesday evening in celebration of the winning of the chairman of the Shiite Amal movement which supports Syria Nabih Berri of the leadership of the parliament.