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Differences postpone new Lebanese government
The announcement of the new Lebanese government which was expected on Wednesday was postponed because of differences over the rate of representation for the Christian leader Michael Aoun and the Shiite coalition which supports Syria.
Lebanon, Politics, 7/14/2005
Al-Murr holds Lebanese security responsible for assassination attempt
Lebanese defense minister Elias al-Murr said he had received information that he might be exposed to an assassination attempt, noting that he notified the specialized Lebanese security of these threats.
Lebanon, Politics, 7/14/2005
Pressing for enlarged Security Council, Annan cites 'democracy deficit'
Pressing ahead with his proposal to enlarge the United Nations Security Council, which has primary responsibility for the maintenance of global peace and security, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the 15-member body is not sufficiently democratic or representative of the world organization's vastly increased membership.
Regional-UN, Politics, 7/14/2005
Sherif: Egypt rejects interference in its affairs; opposition unite
National Democratic Party Secretary- General, Safwat el-Sherif, affirmed yesterday that the reform in Egypt is a purely Egyptian process reform led by President Mubarak.
Egypt, Politics, 7/14/2005
Muallem on Syria's relations with Iraq and regional issues
Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri was a big shock to Syria, and that Syria was a great loser from this crime in Lebanon.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 7/14/2005
Lebanese official for strong relations with syria
former Lebanese Premier Omar Karami said the assassination attempt of al-Murr is part of a series of Israeli criminal plot directed against Lebanon. "The plot is big and clear.. it is seen through the successive crimes which target Lebanese politicians, media men and nationalists,"
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 7/14/2005
Assistant to Zarqawi arrested
The US army announced that its forces arrested in Baghdad one of the main aides to the leader of al-Qaida organization in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 7/14/2005
Bodies of 11 Sunni Iraqis found dead
A source in the Sunni Waqf Divan, one of the main Sunni leadership in Iraq, announced that 11 bodies inlcuding one for a Sunni Mosque Imam (preacher) were found in Baghdad.
Iraq, Politics, 7/14/2005
24 Iraqis, American killed in a booby trapped explosion
Medical and military sources in Iraq said that 24 Iraqis were killed and at least 18 injured on Wednesday in a suicide attack by a booby trapped car that targeted an American military vehicle in Baghdad.
Iraq, Military, 7/14/2005
Investigation with Saddam Hussein progressing
The Iraqi judge assigned to investigate the toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and members of his regime announced that the investigations in preperations for their trial achieved great progress.
Iraq, Politics, 7/14/2005
Palestinan Media Center: Israel extra-judicially killing of a Palestinian; cancels contact with PNA
the Israeli military "extra-judicially executed Palestinian anti-occupation activist Mohammad Safwat al-Aasi, 24, while he was talking to a reporter inside his house early Thursday
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/14/2005
Abul-Gheit meets Jebril Rajoub on Palestinian situation
Rajoub said the Israeli side did not inform the Palestinians or the Egyptians of the final Israeli stance on the issue of Rafah crossing. He said that the Israeli side was procrastinating and showed no seriousness on the issue of arrangements on the Egyptian-Palestinian borders.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 7/14/2005
Following Islamic Jihad operation in Israel, Rice demands Syria end support for Palestinian organizations
The US secretary of state Condaleezza Rice demanded Syria to stop its support to what she described the "terrorist groups," following the operation carried out by the Islamic Jihad movement in the Israeli Nathania city.
Syria-USA, Politics, 7/14/2005
King Fahd still in hospital, improving
The Saudi minister of defense and aviation, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, said that the health condition of King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz has been improved six weeks after he was admitted to hospital.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 7/14/2005
$2 billion Malaysian investments in oil, gas fields
Nasr Eddin Idrees, Vice-President of the Malaysian state- owned oil company PETRONAS stated that the Corporation is planning to make direct investment and to engage in exclusive oil and gas prospecting in areas offered for international tender by the Egyptian petroleum sector.
Egypt-Malaysia, Business, 7/14/2005
Saudi government urged to oversee charitable group activities
The Saudi Arabian government must follow through on its commitment to establish a commission to oversee charitable organizations, the U.S. Treasury official responsible for fighting terrorist finance says.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 7/14/2005
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A Syrian Senior Baath Party official called on Wednesday upon international and human organizations to play their role regarding the Syrian captives in the Israeli jails.
The "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Wednesday officially endorsing an earlier decision by the Council of Ministers for the dismissal of the ousted Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem Irineos 1, who has been embroiled in a battle over Jerusalem land deals with Israelis that have angered Palestinians," the Palestinian Media Center reported today.
President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received politburo members of the Democratic Socialist Unionist Party in Syria headed by its Secretary General, Fadlullah Nasser Eddin.
The Arab League has denounced Israeli closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as the storming of Tulkerm city, saying that such aggressions against the Palestinians damages efforts to revive the peace process.
People's Assembly Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour said Tuesday Arab Parliamentarians gave the issues of the Palestinian struggle and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people top priority at their meetings in Algiers.
Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) underlined support to Syria's right to restore the occupied Golan to June 4th 1976 border, considering all procedures taken by Israel to annex Golan as null and a violation of international law.
Arab Arbitration Chamber on Wednesday underlined the importance of activating the Chamber role on the Arab and international levels to help the Arab states solve disputes, making it a refuge through which arbitration can be successfully done.