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Lebanese parliament pardons Samir Jaajaa, others
Parliamentarian Streeda Jaajaa, wife of Samir Jaajaa said Monday is a historic day. She expressed thanks to the Lebanese parliamentarians "who intended to close the file of the Lebanese war."
Lebanon, Politics, 7/19/2005
Saad Eddine Ibrahim will not seek presidency; elections September 7
An Egyptian official announced on Monday that the presidential elections in will be held on September 7, and will be the first where multiple candidates are allowed. However, the university professor Saad Eddine Ibrahim decided to give up his nomination for the presidency.
Egypt, Politics, 7/19/2005
Qathafi: Economic privatization is a people's socialism
al-Gathafi said "Ownership of small factories are transferred to tens of Libyans by transforming them to partnership companies where every Libyan buys a share"
Libya, Politics, 7/19/2005
Syria calls Iraq for real assessment of border control efforts
An official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said "Syria, out of its belief in the fraternal relations that bind the two sisterly people of Iraq and Syria and keenness on the safety of Iraq and its unity and independence, has deployed a great number of its soldiers and increased the number of control checkpoints on the Syrian-Iraqi borders."
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 7/19/2005
Riyadh calls for unity of Lebanese, Iraqis and Palestinians national unity
Saudi Arabia's cabinet yesterday expressed its hope that "all Lebanese national forces will maintain an agreement for preserving unity and solidarity and prosperity for the Lebanese people."
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 7/19/2005
US supports democratic development in Iraq
McCormack yesterday said "I can speak to the State Department and the State Department has a full range of programs known to the public to support democratic parties around the world, including Iraq.Ê These were publicized and known in Iraq as they were occurring in the run-up to the elections, to which you refer."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 7/19/2005
Saddam's lawyer: No trial before October
The French lawyer Emanuel Lodo, one of the defense lawyers for Saddam Hussein said that the trial of the toppled president, who was accused of committing the massacre against the people of al-Dajil town in 1982, will be held in Baghdad but will not to start before next October or November.
Iraq, Politics, 7/19/2005
Al-Thawra: Terrorist accusations against Syria unfair
The American tourist David Comer who recently visited Damascus underlined that his feeling of security in Damascus ancient markets was greater than what he felt in New York
Syria-USA, Economics, 7/19/2005
Egyptian mediation, a meeting for Palestinian groups in Gaza today
The higher committee for Palestinian groups hold a meeting today to complete dialogue in order to contain the tension that recently erupted between the Palestinian authority and the Islamic resistance movement (Hamas).
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 7/19/2005
UN's Sudan envoy to brief International Criminal Court on Darfur
The top United Nations envoy for Sudan is headed to The Hague, to meet with the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is investigating 51 people suspected of committing war crimes in the war-torn Darfur region.
Sudan-UN, Politics, 7/19/2005
Third Sinai-Aqaba shipping line launched
A third shipping line has been launched connecting the Sinai Peninsula with Jordan. The line will run from Taba to Aqaba.
Egypt-Jordan, Economics, 7/19/2005
Mariam Makeiba sings for freedom, tolerance in Tunisia
The renowned South African female singer Mariam Makeiba had a singing evening at the Greek Theatre in the archeological city of Carthage in the course of what is known the 41st session of the annual Cultural Carthage festival, in which she chanted for the values of freedom and tolerance.
Tunisia-Regional, Culture, 7/19/2005
One person killed in clash between Amal, Jaajaa supporters in Beirut
At least one person was killed and other 12 injured in armed clashes between members of the dissolved Lebanese forces led by Samir Jajaa and others from the Shiite Amal movement in al-Shayyah area. The clashes took place through what used to be known during the Lebanese civil war as the front line between the two parts of west and east of Beirut.
Lebanon, Politics, 7/19/2005
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Secretary General of the Democratic Nasserite Movement in Lebanon, Khaled Rawas, said Monday Syria, as always, has stood by Lebanon during its ordeal and protected its civil peace throughout several decades.
Syrian minister of the Interior Ghazi Kanaan and his Turkish counterpart Abdul Kadir Aksu on Monday discussed means of enhancing cooperation and coordination. Both sides expressed "keenness on Iraq's unity in achieving stability in the region."
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi stressed Iran's determination to continue the march of developing Arab-Iranian relations with the new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadineja term.
General Director of the UN Relief and Working Agency for the Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Syria Ali Musstafa said peace won't be brought about in the Middle East without Israeli full withdrawal from all the occupied lands to June 4th 1967 borders.
Meeting of high representatives of Interior Ministries of Iraqi neighboring countries began Monday with the participation of Syria's delegation represented by the interior ministry. Delegations from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq, Egypt, Iran and Turkey attended the meeting today, in addition to the UN special envoy in Iraq.
Europe Caravan for Peace underlined that its tour of the region aims at supporting the Palestinian people and conveying their view points regarding their rights, particularly the right to return home.