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Iraqi constitution approved, Sunni leaders doubt results
The Iraqi constitution has been approved according to the responsible election agency, amid statements by some that the results of the vote in some critical voting areas were falsified.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/26/2005
Referendum polarization results in Iraq effect upcoming elections
A day after warning that the polarization in Iraq shown by the results of the constitutional referendum underscored the importance of an inclusive national dialogue, the top United Nations envoy in the country discussed the upcoming December elections with President Jalal Talabani.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 10/26/2005
Syria: unveiling Hariri assassination is in our interest
Syria's permanent Envoy to the United Nations Faisal Miqdad on Tuesday said the report of the UN investigation team into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq al-Hariri "was basically influenced by the political circumstances which prevailed in Lebanon following the crime."
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 10/26/2005
Mehlis call for a Syrian initiated investigation
The chief of the UN investigation team into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister, judge Detlive Mehlis said that the committee's report is final and need more time to be completed.
Syria-Lebanon-UN, Politics, 10/26/2005
Al-Assad calls Putin on Mehlis report
Syria on Tuesday stressed that the report of the international investigation team into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri "should not be used by some UN Security Council members for purposes that wouldn't serve the target for which the international committee was formed."
Syria-Lebanon-Russia, Politics, 10/26/2005
Regional views supporting Syria on accusations of Mehlis report
Egyptian newspaper al-Akhbar denounced on Tuesday "claims and sayings," repeated by some Lebanese newspapers over Syria.
Regional-Syria, Politics, 10/26/2005
France, USA suggest sanctions against suspects in Hariri killing
Both the USA and France circulated a draft resolution at the UN asking Syria to detain any suspect Syrian in the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
Syria-Lebanon-USA, Politics, 10/26/2005
UN investigation into Hariri assassination faces threats
The UN reported that the head of the United Nations commission which found evidence pointing at both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri told the Security Council today the team had received threats and the already high risks it faced would increase further as it completes its work.
Lebanon-Syria-UN, Politics, 10/26/2005
Mauritania: national consultations on democratic transformation
The chairman of the military council for justice and democracy in Mauritania Ala Weld Muhammad Faal opened on Tuesday a national conference lasting for three days, on the democratic transformation process in the country, attended by leaders of the political parties, the civil society organizations
Mauritania, Politics, 10/26/2005
Egypt-UK talks on Middle East peace and Barcelona Process
Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul- Gheit yesterday met with British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs, Kim Howells for talks on the Middle East peace and the Barcelona Process.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 10/26/2005
Iran backs Iraqi territorial integrity, ambassador
Dowlatabadi noted that Iran, Syria and Turkey, the neighbors of Iraq are against the country's disintegration
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/26/2005
Bush views Iraq as front line in battle on terrorism
US President George W. Bush says that the United States will "not rest or tire until the War on Terror is won," and the United States will not leave Iraq until it is secure and free. The terrorists in Iraq are using it as the front for their war against humanity, Bush said, but Iraq is the US front in the battle against terrorism.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/26/2005
Bush assures Iraqi Kurdish leader of continued support
US President George W. Bush welcomed Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, to the White House, and said that Barzani's vision for Iraq is one where "people of different religions and backgrounds can live together in peace."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/26/2005
2,000 US soldiers killed, 15,000 injured so far in Iraq
Military sources in Baghdad announced the killing of 18 Iraqis including police officers and four soldiers in different attacks in Baghdad, its south and in Baqouba.
Iraq-USA, Military, 10/26/2005
Ahmadinejad: Supporters of Israel will face wrath of Islamic ummah
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned countries or leaders who have taken measures "to acknowledge the Zionist regime under pressure or due to lack of sound understanding that they will be confronted with the wrath of the Islamic ummah and will forever be disgraced,"
Iran-Regional, Politics, 10/26/2005
New negotiations between Gulf states, Europe
A new round of negotiations on the free trade agreement between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union, over which negotiations have been ongoing since 17 years, started in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Gulf-European Union, Economics, 10/26/2005
Saudi Arabia kills three Yemenis crossing the border
A Yemeni security source told the Yemeni daily al-Rai (Views) that a Saudi helicopter killed three Yemenis during their attempt to sneak into the Saudi Arabian territories, noting that the Saudi sides did not specify the reasons that pushed them to open the fire.
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Local, 10/26/2005
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he wouldn't allow "external parties" to interfere in the upcoming Palestinian elections. Speaking in Ramallah shortly after returning from Amman Tuesday evening, Abbas accused Israel of seeking to disrupt the elections, IRNA reported.
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouq al-Sharaa has canceled his visit to New York on Tuesday to take part at the UN Security Council session due to be held today and asked Syria's representative to the UN to speak on his behalf, an official source to Foreign Ministry said.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak Wednesday received Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz who arrived earlier in the day on a brief visit to Egypt. The talks fall within the context of Egyptian attempts to promote peace efforts and remove obstacles impeding the opening of the checkpoints and the Gaza airport and ports.