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Mubarak faces two rivals in elections
The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 77 years old, seeks to assume a fifth term of office of 6 years period in the elections to be held today, following a constitutional amendment to permit multiple candidates instead of the referendum over one candidate chosen by the parliament as used to happen in the past.
Egypt, Politics, 9/7/2005
Supervising elections conflict in Egypt
Hours before the launching of the first multi candidate presidential elections in Egypt, the administrative judiciary court said that judges, alienated by the presidential elections committee from supervising the voting operations, had the right to supervise.
Egypt, Politics, 9/7/2005
Iraqi Sunni killed while helping Shiite stampede victims
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad has praised the heroism of Othman al-Obeidi, a young Sunni man who lost his life while attempting to rescue Shiite pilgrims who fell into the Tigris River August 31 as the result of a panicked stampede over the Adhamyia bridge in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 9/7/2005
Syrian agent provides Mehlis new information on Hariri assassination
The "intelligence on line" internet news site specialized in intelligence affairs reported that the investigation of the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri achieved progress following a high ranking Syrian military official defection
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 9/7/2005
al-Jazeera: Moussa Arafat assassinated
Al-Jazeera satellite TV said that unidentified gunmen assassinated today at dawn Lt. Gen. Mousa Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian military intelligence and the advisor for the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. They also kidnapped his son.
Palestine, Politics, 9/7/2005
Gowelli calls for Arab marshal plan
Secretary-General of the Arab Economic Unity Council Ahmed Goweili said that time is ripe to implement an Arab Marshall Plan for re-construct and development in the Arab area especially in Palestine, Iraq and Sudan.
Regional, Politics, 9/7/2005
Sudan's Liberation Movement boycotts Abuja talks next week
The African Union officially extended the invitation to the Sudanese government and the two main rebel movements in Darfur to resume negotiations in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, in the mid of this month.
Sudan, Politics, 9/7/2005
Private participation in telecommunication and energy sectors: Syrian minister
Syria's Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs Abdullah al-Dardari stressed that the third server of mobile phones in Syria will begin in 2007.
Syria, Economics, 9/7/2005
Nine killed, Saudi security break into house for gunmen
The Saudi security forces broke into the house where wanted gunmen were hiding following violent clashes and a siege that lasted for three days in al-Hamra quarters in Mubaraka area in Dammam city,in the east of the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, Local, 9/7/2005
Mismanagement and corruption in Iraq oil-for-food program
The Security Council today formally received the final report of the Independent Inquiry Commission (IIC) into charges of mismanagement of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program under which the sanctions-bound regime of Saddam Hussein was allowed to sell oil to buy food and medicines.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 9/7/2005
Zarqawi criticizes Saudi Arabia rulers abuse of country
The leader of al-Jihad al-Qaida organization in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, criticized the rulers of Saudi Arabia and described them as tyrants who permitted the west of take the resources of the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 9/7/2005
Al-Assad's participation at UN summit uncertain
Syrian senior official to the UN announced on Tuesday that there was no official confirmation that President Bashar al-Assad would head the Syrian delegation to UN summit in New York.
Syria-UN, Politics, 9/7/2005
Arab League office in Iraq, Arab summit delay
The secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa said on Tuesday that the Arab foreign ministers will discuss in their meeting tomorrow and on Friday in Cairo the convening of an urgent Arab summit Egypt had called for.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 9/7/2005
7 gunmen killed in attack on mosque in Iraq
Confrontations in the city resulted, according to American military statements, in killing 13 gunmen, seven of them killed in shelling dropped by a helicopter at a mosque there, but medical sources talked about the killing of 8 civilians including five children in these confrontations
Iraq, Military, 9/7/2005
Saudi Arabia calls for international center to fight terrorism
Saudi Arabia has called the UN General Assembly which convenes its meeting this month to to adopt a proposal by Saudi Arabia for founding an international center to what is called the fighting of terrorism.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 9/7/2005
Irrigation Minister: Egypt can obtain additional quota of Nile water
Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mahmoud Abu- Zeid said Monday that Egypt could obtain an additional quota of the Nile River water for its development projects.
Egypt-Ethiopia, Economics, 9/7/2005
WHO-Spacetoon agreement on health awarness for Children
In the presence of Syri'a First Lady, Asmaa al-Assad, a cooperation agreement between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Damascus-based Spacetoon TV Satellite Channel was signed on Tuesday at the WHO office on broadcasting TV massages and health programs for children and youth in the Middle East.
Syria, Education, 9/7/2005
Fahmi: Egyptian-Chinese Company to prospect for oil
Egypt's Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmi said that the establishment of the Egyptian-Chinese company to operate inside and outside Egypt copes with the new Petroleum agreements signed by the Petroleum Sector with Foreign companies, 38 in number.
Egypt-China, Economics, 9/7/2005
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"The Flying Hospital of the International NGO for fighting blindness and ophthalmologic disease arrived Tuesday morning in Tripoli hosted by Watasimo Association for Charity to carry out an educational treatment program aimed at conducting several surgical operations that need special techniques and equipment in addition to training a group of Libyan Doctors on this kind of operations," JANA reported today.
The Egyptian official Middle East News Agency MENA quoted an Egyptian Presidential spokesman denial of the news on the determination of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to visit Israel later this year.
Islamic scholars' Assembly in Lebanon on Tuesday called for maintaining best relations with sisterly Syria. The scholars said in a statement following a meeting in the Lebanese northern region of Akkar that "the Lebanese are going ahead in the national reconciliation process, civil peace and coexistence."
Secretary General of the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council stressed that an American campaign against the region targets Syria and Lebanon in particular, due to the joint cooperation and coordination between the two states which confronts American projects that aimed to re-demarcate the map of the region in a way that suits its concepts in the framework of the so-called the Greater Middle East.
Women parliamentary delegations arrived in Libya Tuesday evening "from South Africa Burundi Uganda and SierraLeone to take part in the reunion of the African Women members of the PanAfrican Parliament which is to be held in the city of Sert between the 7th and 9th of the current month of