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Preliminary results of Iraqi election indicate role of sectarianism
The Higher Independent Commission For Elections in Iraq admitted the occurrence of several violations in the parliamentary elections which started Thursday with the participation of all political and religious forces in the country.
Iraq, Politics, 12/17/2005
Hamas big gain in Palestinian elections
The Hamas movement confirmed what was stated earlier by officials in the Palestinian Central Elections Committee to that it scored great success in the municipal councils in all the four Palestinian cities were the fourth round of the municipal elections took place. The areas are Nablus, al-Beera, Jenin, and Ramullah.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 12/17/2005
Kurds see strong role after Iraqi elections
Observers consider that the vast participation of all political and religious trends in Iraq will lead to strong competition among the main political forces before the formation of a new coalition government for a four-year term of office.
Iraq, Politics, 12/17/2005
Attempts to bridge division in Fatah movement
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has tried to end the split inside the Fatah movement in light of the legislative council elections which will be held on January 25th, that some are calling for their delay in coincidence with the strong success of Hamas against Fatah in the municipal elections.
Palestine, Politics, 12/17/2005
Golan annexation anniversary: Our identity is a Syrian Arab
A statement from the Syrian people in the occupied Golan Heights on the occasion of the 24th annexation anniversary of the occupied Syrian lands on Friday reaffirmed their allegiance and cling to their "homeland Syria."
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/17/2005
Lebanese dissatisfaction with UN decision on Hariri probe
Reactions in Lebanon varied over the decision of the UN Security Council which extended the mission of the investigation committee into the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri for more six months and called on Syria to fully collaborate.
Lebanon-Syria-UN, Politics, 12/17/2005
UN investigation resolution is moderate, Syria's UN says
Syria's Permanent representative to the UN depicted on Friday UN Security Council resolution 1644 as very moderate where the US was not capable of achieving a lot of what she was seeking.
Syria-Lebanon-UN, Politics, 12/17/2005
Zakaria Abdul Aziz wins Egypt judges presidency
Al-Jazeera satellite TV in Cairo said that the candidate of the judges independent trend, advisor Zakaraia Abdul Aziz, won the presidency of the Egyptian Judges Club, which groups Egypt's judges, wile the other candidate who was close from the government advisor Adel al-Shourbaji, did not.
Egypt, Politics, 12/17/2005
Ruling people's congress renews leadership of Saleh
Saleh who ruled the country since the unity of the two parts of Yemen in 1990, said in July that he will not seek reelection as a president in 2006, paving the way for introducing political changes in Yemen.
Yemen, Politics, 12/17/2005
US anti-war advocate rejects pressures on Syria
Member of the US anti-war movement Richard Baker said on Thursday that imposing economic sanctions on any country is a crime against humanity because its victims would be the children and people.
Syria-Regional-USA, Politics, 12/17/2005
Sudan's special court on Darfur crimes not satisfactory, UN expert says
A United Nations genocide expert yesterday voiced disappointment in the efforts of Sudan's Government to address the crimes committed in the country's western Darfur region, where conflict has been marked by massive displacement, rights abuses and widespread killings.
Sudan-UN, Politics, 12/17/2005
US on Muslim Brothers' review of peace treaty with Israel
McCormack was asked yesterday about the Muslim Brotherhood's success during the elections and desire to reconsider the peace treaty with Israel
Egypt-Israel-USA, Politics, 12/17/2005
Israeli settler killed
One Israeli settler was killed near Hebron, south of the West Bank, after Palestinian gunmen opened fire at him from a speedy car.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/17/2005
Israeli police to investigate Arab Knesset member visit to Syria
Israeli Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, on Thursday ordered the police to launch an investigation against Arab Knesset Member Talab el-Sana on account of his trip to Syria last month.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/17/2005
Modernizing vocational education and training in Syria
It is frequently noted that a countries most important resource is its people. To grow the economy, to create jobs and to improve opportunities for individual people, the country must improve its skills and the ways in which people are trained and assisted to find employment.
Syria-European Union, Education, 12/17/2005
US loans to Qatargas 3 Liquid Natural Gas Complex for export to US
Export-Import Bank of the United States on Thursday approved providing loan guarantees estimated at $ 403.5 million in support of the American equipments and services which will be exported to help in the construction of a station for natural gas liquification and related installations in Qatar.
Qatar-USA, Economics, 12/17/2005
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Iraq has witnessed relative calm since the day of the elections. Several mortars shelling fell on Friday in the surrounding of the Iraqi ministry of interior, but no casualties were reported.
Asked that the Palestinian-Israeli agreement on the Rafah crossing accord timetable missed a deadline this week, the US State Department spokesman said yesterday that the US is disappointed in that and that the US expects that they would meet the deadline of next week. "That is their intention. That is what they've informed us, that they intend to meet that deadline next week."
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak will hold a meeting with US Vice President Dick Cheney next Wednesday, a government report noted.