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Al-Assad: any Syrian involved in Hariri assassination is traitor
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that Syria has any relations to the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, but he said that if the international investigation proves the involvement of Syrians in the operation, then such Syrians will be considered traitors and will be punished strongly.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 10/13/2005
Kanaan's statements before death to Lebanese radio
The announcement of the suicide of Ghazi Kanaan, the minister of interior in Syria, came only hours after he had made a statement to the Voice Of Lebanon radio in which he commented on a news broadcast by the Lebanese "New TV" on a testimony he made before the international investigation committee regarding the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 10/13/2005
Late Syrian interior minister refuted Lebanese accusations against him
Syria's Minister of Interior General Ghazi Kanaan denied in a radio interview on Wednesday what was reported over the minute of testimony to the UN committee investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Hariri saying they "are just lies we have to refute."
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 10/13/2005
Agreement over the Iraqi constitution
In an important political development, the Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani on Wednesday announced that the main Iraqi sides have reached an agreement which he described as historic, that allows for making constitutional changes that meet the demands of the Arab Sunnis, following the legislative elections due in mid December.
Iraq, Politics, 10/13/2005
President Bashar al-Assad's interview with CNN
Al-Assad: I wouldn't say this is true. It's completely wrong. You have many aspects of the problem. The first aspect is that no country can control its borders completely. An example is the border between the United States and Mexico; and many American officials told me that they cannot control the borders with Mexico but they end up saying you should control your borders with Iraq
Syria-Regional-USA, Politics, 10/13/2005
Expected governmental reshuffle in Algeria
An Algerian parliamentary source disclosed on Wednesday that a nearby government's reshuffle will be made in Algeria during which the current prime minister Ahmad O Yahya will be removed, and the minister of state Abdul Aziz Balkhadem will succeed him.
Algeria, Politics, 10/13/2005
Ali Habib warns against zionist attack on the region
Syria's Chief of Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces warned on Wednesday "against the Zionist imperialist attack on the region."
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 10/13/2005
New crown prince expected for Kuwait
Analysists on Wednesday expected that the current crisis the ruling family in Kuwait is passing would pressure the sick ruler of Kuwait to change his crown prince, who is also sick.
Kuwait, Politics, 10/13/2005
Coolness in the Libyan- Italian relations
The Italian foreign minister Jian Franco Fini on Wednesday announced that Libya's Leader Muammar al-Qathafi renewing the resumption to the celebration of historic day the Italians were ejected out of Libya on October 7th is not an "acceptable matter."
Libya-Italy, Politics, 10/13/2005
US voiced support to Lebanese premier, ignoring the President
The USA has expressed its strong support to the Lebanese government led by the Prime minister Foaud Sinioura who recently faced Syrian criticism and had a political confrontations with the Lebanese President, Emil Lahoud.
Lebanon-Syria-USA, Politics, 10/13/2005
Signs of improved Syrian-French relations
Ambassador Girault said that "France isn't willing to destabilize Syria with which it is linked by good relations. I hear and read in newspapers that France wants to impose sanctions on Syria...and I say it's not true because during all the periods passed by the Syrian-French relations, we saw difficulties, but friendship always surmounted these difficulties
Syria-France, Politics, 10/13/2005
Syria's mufti underlines dialogue and understanding significance
Syria's Grand Mufti underlined on Wednesday the "importance of dialogue and understanding as well the spread of peace and amity culture instead of fanaticism .. and the conflict of civilization."
Syria, Religion, 10/13/2005
US says Iraqi constitutional compromise is very positive
The Bush administration says it views a last-minute compromise among Iraqi legislators on the country's draft constitution as "something that is very positive," and "part of what democracy and freedom are all about."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/13/2005
30 Iraqis killed in Tel-Afer
Some 30 persons were killed and other 25 injured when a suicide bomber blew up himself amid a gathering outside the recruitment headquarters in the lines of the army and the police north of Tel-Afer city.
Iraq, Military, 10/13/2005
Rasheed: Open markets and free trade a must
Egypt's Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Eng. Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed said that the developing countries will adopt a trend that reflects their developmental requirements.
Egypt-Regional, Economics, 10/13/2005
Syria continued care for population issues
The report calls to mount investments in women's education, provide job opportunities, protect human rights and provide reproductive health services. It also urges to prevent millions of peoples from poverty
Syria, Local, 10/13/2005
Syria predicts further tourism cooperation with Turkey
Syria's Minister of Tourism said on Wednesday the development of ties of tourism cooperation between Syria and Turkey are moving rapidly.
Syria-Turkey, Economics, 10/13/2005
European parliament acknowledges Iran's nuclear program
The European Parliament adopted a joint resolution on Thursday saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran "has the right to develop a nuclear program according to Article IV of the NPT and supports the proposals of the EU for cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field for peaceful use." The resolution was adopted by 499 votes in favour, 43 against and 89 abstentions during the plenary session in Brussels.
Iran-European Union, Politics, 10/13/2005
Two foreign journalists briefly abducted in Gaza
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the abduction of a US journalist and a British colleague who were held for several hours and released unharmed on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip. The abductions are part of an alarming spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Gaza, CPJ research shows.
Palestine, Local, 10/13/2005
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Lebanese Deputy Speaker Eli Ferzli said on Wednesday the suicide of Syria's Minister of Interior General Ghazi Kanaan was due to his mental anguish for the loss of his great efforts he put in Lebanon, stressing that it has noting to do with the UN report over the Hariri assassination.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh underlined Wednesday his country's support to Syria's causes regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, adding that this support is a consensus among all Lebanese.
American sources told Lebanese newspaper of Assafir that Detlev Mehlis, head of the UN international investigation team into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq al-Hariri, did not find any evidences that Syria had relation to the crime.
Turkish Ambassador to Beirut, Arfan Ajar, stressed that his country will work to oppose the idea of "clash of civilizations" and will contribute to achieving peace in the world.
The Egyptian universities currently implement 33 education projects in cooperation with the European Union (EU) to support the higher education at a cost of 12,44 million Euro, and 9 supplementary structural projects at a cost of 1.1 million Euros.
Pakistani Red Crescent on Wednesday received the Syrian first shipment of human aid including 40 tons of medicine, blankets, tents and children nutrition offered by Syrian people to the afflicted in Pakistan by the earthquake which hit some Pakistani regions.
Syria's Minister of Agriculture Adel Safar underlined on Wednesday the government's commitment to take all necessary procedures and precautions to prevent the bird flu disease infection from spreading across Syria, calling for the importance of warning those who breed the birds against the dangers of this disease.