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Lebanon arrests four leaders in Hariri assassination investigation
The Lebanese authorities arrested three former senior security officers and the chairman of the republican guard, while a memorandum of arrest was issued for the arrest of a member of the Lebanese parliament.
Lebanon, Politics, 8/30/2005
Iraqi Islamic party rejects constitution
The Iraqi Islamic party announced rejection for the draft constitution because of what it called its violation of compatibility.
Iraq, Politics, 8/30/2005
US president optimism over Iraq's future
The US President George W. Bush expressed optimism over the future of Iraq, underlining the importance of differences on the Iraqi arena on the draft Iraqi constitution due to be debated for referendum on the mid of October.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 8/30/2005
Transparency and the Egyptian elections
Saada added that the fears of the power given to the government according to the emergency law resulted in that owners of companies refuse to rent equipment needed for the campaigning of candidates who are a rival to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the elections.
Egypt, Politics, 8/30/2005
Turkmani: Syria pan-Arab stances not effected by those aiming to damage her Arab ties
He noted that these news were against "Syria's firm and principled pan-Arab positions and the national and pan-Arab stance of the Arab nation in a bid to clearly damage ties linking Syria with the Arab countries." The Defense Minister rebuffed "policies implemented by the U.S. and Israel to fulfill colonial aims in the region and steal its resources."
Syria-Regional, Politics, 8/30/2005
Imprisonment for two leaders of failed coupe in Mauritania eased
The military council in Mauritania ordered ending solitary confinment imprisonment which was imposed on Saleh Wedl Hanan and Rev. Abdul Rahman Weld Mini who are sentenced for life imprisonment.
Mauritania, Politics, 8/30/2005
Washington for UN monitoring of Egyptian elections
He added that one judge in Alexandria went to the headquarters of the committee he was chosen to monitor, and when he raised his objections on certain conditions, he was replaced by another judge.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 8/30/2005
Business Week: Egyptian investment attracts international companies
The US magazine Business Week praised the investment climate in Egypt pointing out that despite the recent bombings in the resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh, executives in Egypt say they are seeing a degree of confidence on the part of consumers and investors that has been absent for several years.
Egypt, Economics, 8/30/2005
US Congress to address draft of Egyptian-US free trade agreement
The US Administration will put forward the draft to the Egyptian-US free trade agreement to the Congress by the end of the current year, Egypt's Foreign Trade and Industry Minister Rashid Mohamed Rashid said.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 8/30/2005
Moslem and Christian clergy call for meeting current challengers
Hassoun and Laham called for spiritual, civilizational and intellectual communication between Islam and Christianity all over the world.
Syria, Religion, 8/30/2005
Egypt to implement 6 tourist projects in Yemen
Yemen and Egypt signed six agreements on preparing engineering studies and designs to implement six tourist projects in Yemen.
Egypt-Yemen, Economics, 8/30/2005
15 Iraqis, one US soldier killed
The American army said that one soldier was killed and another injured when a military copter was obliged to land after it was hit while flying in Tel-Afer area north of Iraq. Witnesses said that one American helicopter fell on Monday evening in southwest of the city.
Iraq, Military, 8/30/2005
Palestinians hail Egypt's role in supporting the Palestinian people
Palestinian National Security Adviser Jibril Rajoub said the visit by Minister Omar Solaiman to the Palestinian territories was meant to help resolve pending issues between the Palestinians and Israel.
Palestine-Egypt, Politics, 8/30/2005
Israeli government approves deployment of 750 Egyptian soldiers on frontiers
The Israeli government with a majority of 18 ministers and the objection of two approved the agreement under which 750 Egyptian soldiers would be deployed on frontiers between Gaza and Egypt (at Philadelphi passage).
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 8/30/2005
Mrs. Mubarak opens medical center for children in Deweqa
Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak opens Wednesday a medical center that cares for child laborers in Menshiat Nasser in the Cairo suburb of Deweqa.
Egypt, Culture, 8/30/2005
Saudi security detains armed Iraqi gang, clashes in al-Jubeil
A spokesman for the Saudi Arabian ministry of interior said that the police arrested four Iraqis following an armed clash in the industrial city of Jubeil, east of the kingdom, in the first incident of its kind.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Local, 8/30/2005
Houti supporters accused of US ambassador assassination plans
Attorney representatives in a session held by the criminal elementary court in Yemen accused on Monday several gunmen from the supporters of the Yemeni Scholar, Bader Eddine al-Houthi, of attempting to blow up the American embassy and the American ambassador in Sanaa.
Yemen-USA, Local, 8/30/2005
Syria-Croatia sign gas agreement
The Syrian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sunday evening signed an agreement to sell the produced gas by the Croatian Company INA and the two Syrian companies for oil and gas.
Syria-Croatia, Economics, 8/30/2005
Two agreements to prospect for oil and natural gas signed
Egypt's Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmi signed two agreements between Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and four foreign companies to prospect for oil and natural gas in Western Desert and the Suez Gulf.
Egypt, Economics, 8/30/2005
Israel, New Zealand resume diplomatic relations
Israel and New Zealand on Monday restarted severed diplomatic relations 18 months following a scandal that resulted in arresting two Israeli spies in New Zealand.
Israel-New Zealand, Politics, 8/30/2005
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Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said the upcoming presidential elections represent a historic step towards democracy.
A convoy of humanitarian aid left Syria on Monday heading to Palestine as a present from the Syrian people to the Palestinian people to support the Palestinian people's steadfastness. The convoy, consisting of 400 tons of wheat, foodstuff in addition to clothes and underwear for students on the occasion of beginning of the new school year.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday a letter from Libya's leader Muammar al-Qathafi.
The Libyan leader Muammar al-Qathafi "stressed that the postponement of any decision on what is tabled for the forthcoming 60th session of the UN General Assembly is inevitable," JANA reported yesterday.
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said parts of the Iraqi draft constitution are a "recipe for chaos." "I share the concerns of many Iraqis about the lack of consensus on the constitution," Moussa told the BBC's World Today program.
The Lebanese authorities on Monday received news from officials of the European Union in Brussels that Javier Solana, the higher coordinator for the higher foreign policy and joint security, will not be able to visit Lebanon today as scheduled because of urgent preoccupations in Brussels.
The Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on Monday considered that Syria is a "dangerous country," adding that time is not proper to start peace negotiations with it because this will lessen the pace of international pressures on it.
Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rashid Mohamed Rashid said that the government is currently studying offering new facilities for solving problems facing marble and granite industry to help increase its investments and competitiveness.