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Danish paper apologizes to Muslims over insulting them, companies sales come to a halt
Another Arla official, Jens Refslund, the food products division manager, said in a statement that "all Arla's customers in the region have canceled their orders, and sales have come to a standstill in almost all markets."
Regional-Denmark, Politics, 1/31/2006
Egypt urges more Danish steps on anti-Prophet cartoons
Egypt considers statements the Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in which he condemned any attempt to depict any ethnic group of people as evil as a first step, said Assistant Foreign Minister Mohamed Shaaban.
Egypt-Denmark, Politics, 1/31/2006
Iran: referral of nuclear issue to Security Council means end of diplomacy
Larijani said "Iran's right for access to peaceful nuclear technology should be officially recognized. No one should resist the Iranian nation's will. "Iran will accept nothing beyond the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."
Iran-UN, Politics, 1/31/2006
Thabateoru visits occupied Malila today ignoring Morocco's sentiments
The Spanish prime minister Jose Louis Thabatero will be visiting today, the Moroccan Malila city which is occupied by Spain and to visit Sebta city tomorrow in a step which is the first of its kind since 1981, taking the risk of angering Morocco.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 1/31/2006
Syria approves 4 insurance companies
Syria's Minister of Finance Mohammad al-Hussein said the Cabinet discussed in its meeting on Monday the insurance industry as one of the main pillars of the national economy particularly after the issuance of the Legislative Decree No. 43 of 2005 which paved the way for the foundation of private and joint insurance companies in Syria.
Syria, Economics, 1/31/2006
Nazif: Improving salaries, expanding social insurance, top priorities
Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said the "social dimension, improving people's income, low-income brackets and expanding the umbrella of social insurance top the government's priorities in the coming period."
Egypt, Politics, 1/31/2006
Saudi King in Malaysia
Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah arrived in Malaysia on Monday in a visit which is the first of its kind in 36 years with objectives concentrating on trade and oil as well as means of reform of the Islamic world.
Saudi Arabia-Malaysia, Politics, 1/31/2006
Zawahiri tape intent to show failed US attack
The US State Department announced it is analyzing the video tape broadcast by al-Jazeera satellite TV on Monday for the second ranking man in al-Qaida organization Ayman al-Zawahri to make sure it is authentic.
Regional-USA, Politics, 1/31/2006
Al-Jazeera: Al-Zawahiri accusations for the Pakistani President
Zawahari described the Pakistani army as being converted to "hunting dogs for the sake of what he called the crusaders."
Regional-Pakistan, Politics, 1/31/2006
Daily Star: Brammertz concentrates on interviewing Syrians
The new head of the UN investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, Serge Brammertz, will be primarily focusing on interviewing Syrian officials, sources from the UN team said Monday, the Lebanese Daily Star reported.
Syria-Lebanon-UN, Politics, 1/31/2006
Lebanese president welcomes any Arab initiative
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud supported Monday any Arab initiative that aims at getting Lebanon out of the current crisis and returning the Syrian-Lebanese relations back to their normal status.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 1/31/2006
Kidnapped US female journalist calls on Americans to free Iraqi women
Kidnapped American female journalist in Iraq, Jill Carol, appealed yo her family and colleagues at the Christian Science Monitor and the Americans in all parts of the world to demand the American army and the Iraqi ministry of the interior to release all detained Iraqi women in the American and Iraqi jails.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/31/2006
NGO woman kidnapped in Iraq
Also concerning the file of hostages in Iraq, several members of Hamas, which won the Palestinian legislative elections, called on the kidnappers to release the four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq.
Iraq, Local, 1/31/2006
Seven Iraqis killed, tight security on Ashoura anniversary
Explosions and attacks continued in Iraq in recent hours, with the last of which resulted in the killing of one Iraqi policeman in a bomb explosions that targeted a police vehicle on the main road to the west of Baghdad.
Iraq, Military, 1/31/2006
US, EU hold Palestinian aid hostage; Hamas rejects it as blackmail
The Islamic resistance movement Hamas rejected the statement by the so-called Quartet group, led by the US, which sponsors the Roadmap and considered it as showing "the extent of blackmail and real ignorance" for the rights of the Palestinian people.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 1/31/2006
Conference for the ME economic future enriching opened in Doha
Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jabber al-Thani said in a speech he delivered at the inaugural session that energy storage in the Gulf region is very tremendous and is estimated at 70% of the world reserves and that oil reserves in it is estimated at half of the world's reserves.
Regional-Qatar, Economics, 1/31/2006
Ben Ali: Arab and Moslems' image abused after 9/11
Arabs and Moslems' image was affected a lot by misunderstanding their civilization and culture, resulting in behavior and stances that hurt their feelings, Tunisian President Zine al-Abidin Ben Ali underscored Monday.
Tunisia-Regional, Politics, 1/31/2006
Four Seasons Hotel opens in Damascus
The 18-storey, 297-bedroom Four Seasons Hotel Damascus opened in Syria earlier this month and is set to unveil the city's first full-service spa later this year.
Syria, Business, 1/31/2006
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Bloomberg TV reported today that Libya said the price of oil will be $100 per barrel if sanctions are imposed on Iran.
Secretary General and Spokesman for the Syrian Cabinet, Mohammad Maher al-Mujtahed, said in a statement after the Cabinet session that raising the salaries and wages is under direct instruction from President Bashar al-Assad to the government.
The British defense office announced the killing of one British soldier on Monday in an attack targeting a vehicle in Meisan governorate south of Iraq. Thereby, number of persons killed among the British forces in Iraq reached about 100 since the invasion of Iraq.