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Al-Anbar governorate rejects Iraqi constitution
An official in the independent "higher commission for the elections" in Iraq said that the governorate of al-Anbar, of Sunni majority, rejected the draft constitution, to be the second governorate after Salah Eddine governorate to vote down the constitution draft, while other 12 governorates voted in favor according to declared results.
Iraq, Politics, 10/25/2005
Demonstration in Damascus, Aleppo against US threats, Mehlis report
"Your national unity is the rock on which all the conspiracies that Syria has witnessed were broken. This unity is the guarantee to foil the new series of these schemes that target the national unity and to destabilize your self-confidence and capabilities to surmount these pressures directed against your will and national dignity and to sow dissension and division and as well to destabilize the region," the statement said.
Syria-Lebanon-UN, Politics, 10/25/2005
Shiite coalition in Lebanon oppose sanctions on Syria, Christian concern for presidency
In Beirut, the Shiite coalition taking part in the Lebanese government announced opposition to imposing sanctions on Syria because of the UN investigation report which pertains to the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 10/25/2005
Reactions criticizing the Mehlis report
"Pressure on Syria unveil Washington's hostile intentions against Damascus as well as the US strategic project to create a greater Middle Eastern region to be under its direct control," the newspaper said in an article published Monday.
Regional-Syria, Politics, 10/25/2005
US actions against Syria on UN assassination investigation report
On the type of measures the UN may take against Syria, Rice said "there are many options on the table."
Syria-Lebanon-USA, Politics, 10/25/2005
France seeks a Security Council resolution for Syrian cooperation
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Monday said his country "hopes the UN Security Council will issue a resolution that calls on Syria to fully cooperate with the international investigation into the assassination of Lebanese former Premier Rafiq Hariri."
Syria-Lebanon-France, Politics, 10/25/2005
Blair does not rule out sanctions on Syria
The British prime minister Tony Blair has not ruled out the imposition of sanctions in Syria because of the UN report on the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, stressing the graveness of what is stated in the report.
Syria-Lebanon-UK, Politics, 10/25/2005
Arab League chief satisfied with visit to Iraq
In line with the preliminary results of the vote on the constitution, the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, who concluded a visit to Iraq, said that he is satisfied following the talks he held with various Iraqi forces, but he stressed that he had realized the difficulties impeding the Arab initiative aiming at convening an Iraqi national reconciliation conference.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 10/25/2005
Moussa urges Iraqi Kurds to attend the reconciliation conference
Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa Sunday said Iraq's Kurds are an important part not only of Iraq but also of the Arab states and the Middle East.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 10/25/2005
17 Iraqis killed in explosions
political science teacher Saad al-Hadithi noted the great connection between the political and security issue in Iraq. He said that unless the question of security presence is solve in Iraq and political balance is established, such acts will continue.
Iraq, Military, 10/25/2005
scores of Iraqis, American soldier killed in Baghdad
a source at the Iraqi North Oil Company announced that several mortars shelling fell on a complex for oil and gas lines west of Karkouk, and this resulted in setting fire ablaze in 16 pipelines and the suspension of exports to Turkey.
Iraq, Military, 10/25/2005
Egypt: Lack of movement on the peace road sends wrong message to Palestinians
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak met Monday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and asserted that Egypt would support the Palestinian Authority in its attempt to settle all the Gaza-related outstanding issues particularly the cross points, the safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 10/25/2005
Palestine Media Center: Palestinian Authority security to incorporate Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades
"Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei on Sunday announced a new plan aimed at disarming the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, training the anti-Israeli occupation group's activists, and incorporating them into the official security services of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)."
Palestine, Politics, 10/25/2005
The Battle of alMerghib Commemoration in Libya
"The masses of the Basic People's Congresses at alMerghib Shabia commemorated Sunday the 94th anniversary of the famous Battle of al-Merghib fought by the fathers and forefathers against the Italian invaders in defense of the pure soil of the homeland (Libya) that took place on the 23rd of October 1911."
Libya-Italy, Politics, 10/25/2005
Central bank of Syria assists in imports of private and public sectors
Syria is allowing businessmen to import commodities via financing imported materials via the central bank of Syria facilitation.
Syria, Economics, 10/25/2005
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The Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani said in an interview with the Egyptian TV on Monday that he is "a friend of Syria: and "Iraq will not be used (as a base) if a military strike is directed to it."
Director of the Middle East Program in 'GeorgeTown' University in Washington Mourhaf Joejati on Monday said that report of the UN into the assassination of Former Lebanese Premier Rafiq al-Hariri has political dimensions and the US uses it as a means to put a pressure on Syria and impose sanctions on her.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair phoned Sunday the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qathafi in which he renewed his country's keen interest and desire to further promote its relations with Libya commending the positive and tangible development of these relations in different fields, JANA reported yesterday.
"Gen Michel Awn, head of the Reform and Change Group in Lebanon, phoned Sunday night the Libyan Leader" praising the leader for his "consistent stances supporting the cause of freedom of man every" and the importance of strengthening and supporting Lebanese Libyan peoples relations, the Libyan news agency JANA reported yesterday.