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Islamist detainees relatives protest in Mauritania
spokeswoman for the relatives Leila Bint al-Ghouth said that continued detention of their children and relatives without trial constitutes "a disgrace to the independence of judiciary and to the credibility of slogans of justice and good governance advocated by the interim authorities."
Mauritania, Politics, 1/13/2006
Siniora meets Mubarak, calls Syria to support Lebanon's stability
Siniora called on Damascus to "stop its support for the Palestinian men outside the camps, as a strong message that Syria supports stability in Lebanon."
Lebanon-Egypt, Politics, 1/13/2006
Saad al-Hariri meets Chirac; urges Syria to cooperate
Saad al-Hariri, the son of the murdered former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, urged Syria to cooperate with the UN investigation committee warning that Syria's rejections to collaborate will bring the region to chaos.
Lebanon-Syria-France, Politics, 1/13/2006
Tareq Aziz lawyer: My client is dying in room allocated for dogs
The lawyer of Tareq Aziz, former Iraqi vice president under the government of Saddam Hussein, said that his client "is dying" and will not live more than one month because he suffered a brain stroke and heart disease.
Iraq, Politics, 1/13/2006
The Guardian: response to UN investigation meeting al-Assad misunderstood
The Syrian government signaled yesterday that it would allow United Nations investigators to talk to president Bashar al-Assad about the assassination of the Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq al-Hariri.
Syria-Lebanon-UN, Politics, 1/13/2006
Talibani looks for unity Iraqi government within a month
The current Iraqi Interim President Jalal al-Talibani expects the formation of a national unity government to see light within one month, stressing that all parties will be taking part in this government.
Iraq, Politics, 1/13/2006
US wants Iran punished for asserting its rights
He added, "When fossil energy is used up in the world, they will start to sell their own nuclear energy at enormous prices to other nations and also impose pressure to maintain their own dominance on the world."
Iran-USA, Politics, 1/13/2006
Refugees accord for returns to south Sudan
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has signed the first in a series of expected tripartite agreements that will clear the way for up to 70,000 refugees to return to South Sudan in the first half of this year.
Sudan-UN, Politics, 1/13/2006
Annan urges Damascus to collaborate with UN committee
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Syria to cooperate fully with the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese leader Rafiq al-Hariri.
Syria-Lebanon-UN, Politics, 1/13/2006
Americans expect increased violence in Iraq
The American army expected the pace of the acts of violence to increase in Iraq during the coming weeks while the country is being torn by a political vacuum with attempts made by politicians and religious groups to form a new government.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/13/2006
Violence continues in various parts of Iraq
The Slovak government announced it will dispatch for the first time military men to Iraq, and in this regard, four army officers will be sent in the context of a training mission by the NATO for the Iraqi security forces.
Iraq, Military, 1/13/2006
Rumsfeld says unconventional enemies seek powerful weapons
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed that military and civilian leaders share "a great sense of urgency" as they confront enemies who seek increasingly powerful weapons as part of their arsenal of terrorism.
Regional-USA, Politics, 1/13/2006
345 Hajj pilgrims killed in Saudi Arabia stampede
Some 345 pilgrims were killed and other 289 injured at least in a catastrophe at al-Jamarat bridge in Mona, Saudi Arabia, participating in the annual Hajj ritual, and only justified by the Saudi government of the falling out of luggage of the pilgrims and that some of them did not abide by the order.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Local, 1/13/2006
al-Rai Al-Aam: Petroleum in Syria will not run out, minister says
Syrian oil output will not run out and petroleum wells are continuing production till year 2025 with a capacity of 300,000 bpd in case no new wells are found, Syrian Petroleum Minister Ibrahim Haddad said.
Syria, Economics, 1/13/2006
Resignation of the Israeli Likud ministers
Three out of four ministers Israeli ministers from the Likud party resigned from the Israeli government, in a step that might have direct impact on the performance of the government which will run the country until the legislative elections on March 28th.
Israel, Politics, 1/13/2006
King of Bahrain's son dies in traffic accident
One of the sons of the King of Bahrain died in a traffic accident on Thursday, according to the Bahraini royal court in an official eulogy.
Bahrain, Local, 1/13/2006
Sharon still unconscious
The Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon will undergo a new surgery at Hadassa hospital in Jerusalem with the aim to remove an interim tube implanted in the brain to dispose of blood.
Israel, Local, 1/13/2006
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Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul denied reports of cooperation between his country, the US and Israel against Syria, saying that visits of some US and Israeli officials to Turkey have no relation to ties between Turkey and each of Syria and Iran.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak will visit southern governorate of Minia and other governorates for hands-on experience regarding the implementation of projects promised in his electoral platform.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that Syria had positively cooperated with the international investigation committee into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafqk al-Hariri.
Thousands of Syrian citizens form Aleppo and Qamishly cities on Thursday crossed borders into Turkey to spend the days of Eid al-Adha (Greater Bairam holiday) with their families and relatives there.
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rashid Mohamed Rashid said the ministry is working on a strategy to push Egyptian exports into African markets that has a population over 800 million with different needs.