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Hamas forms new government without other groups
The Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, said that it will end seeking participation of other groups in the formation of the Palestinian government when it receives the last answer (supposed to have been Friday evening) from the groups concerning participation in the government.
Palestine, Politics, 3/18/2006
NY Times: Syrian opposition groups unite against regime
A New York Times (www.NYTimes.com) report said yesterday that "Exiled Syrian opposition leaders announced the creation of a united front on Friday to form a transitional government to bring about 'regime change' from President Bashar al-Assad to democracy."
Syria, Politics, 3/18/2006
Sudan optimistic on Darfur peace agreement by April
The Sudanese government said it is optimistic over the possibility of reaching a peace agreement in April with the two main rebel movements in Darfur area west of the country.
Sudan, Politics, 3/18/2006
Lebanese minister receives an invitation to visit Syria
Lebanese foreign minister Fawzi Salloukh received an invitation from his Syrian peer Walid al-Muaallim to study issued debated on the Arab summit agenda due to be held in Sudan by the end of March.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 3/18/2006
Haaretz: Jimmy Carter: Colonization of Palestine precludes peace
US former President Jimmy Carter wrote, as published by Haaretz (www.Haaretz.com) that "For more than a quarter century, Israeli policy has been in conflict with that of the United States and the international community. Israel's occupation of Palestine has obstructed a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land, regardless of whether Palestinians had no formalized government, one headed by Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, or with Abbas as president and Hamas controlling the parliament and cabinet."
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 3/18/2006
Imad Moustapha: Syria doesn't aid terrorists
Moustapha said "I mean, with due respect, we do not support your war in Iraq. We think that this war created more problems than it has resolved. But just to focus on this, in the past two or three months, if you have noticed, the US administration has stopped mentioning the border issue at all. For a very clear reason: because we have proved to all of the world, not only to the United States, that Syria was not causing the infiltration"
Syria-Iraq-USA, Politics, 3/18/2006
US prepares for talks with Iran on Iraq
The American ambassador in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced that negotiations are currently underway to spedicy the date of his meeting with Iranian officials to discuss Iraq. He asked to have Baghdad as a venue to convene such a meeting.
Iraq-Iran-USA, Politics, 3/18/2006
Iranian views of the talks with US over Iraq
Iran should speak with the US from the standpoint of power, said an Iranian lawmaker today.
Iraq-Iran-USA, Politics, 3/18/2006
Bush urges Iraqi leaders to unite
US President George W. Bush today in his weekly radio address to the American peopl said the violence "has created a new sense of urgency among these leaders to form a national unity government as quickly as possible," and he called upon them to continue working to overcome their differences and to "reach out across political, religious, and sectarian lines."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 3/18/2006
Six Iraqis killed in new attacks
Two Iraqis were killed and other 4 injured when one suicide bomber detonated himself by an explosive belt in a small bus near a fuel station in al-Fadelieh area east of Baghdad.
Iraq, Military, 3/18/2006
Samara military operation continues in Iraq
Joint Iraqi and American forces continued the military operations in Samara and its suburbs for the second running day amid expectations that this operation continued for other several days.
Iraq-USA, Military, 3/18/2006
Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
Palestinian sources said that the Palestinian female child Akaber Zeidam (8 years old) was killed by the bullets of the Israeli occupation soldiers during an incursion in al-Yamoun town west of Jenin.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/18/2006
Amr Moussa on regional trouble spots
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Thursday Syria has cooperated with the international investigating into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
Regional, Politics, 3/18/2006
Senior UN envoy on Lebanon issues starts talks with key Arab leaders
Beginning a round of meetings with key Arab leaders in the Middle East, a senior United Nations envoy dealing with Lebanon today held what he called "constructive" talks with senior officials in Saudi Arabia.
Lebanon-UN, Politics, 3/18/2006
Aleppo to Inaugurate as Capital of Islamic Culture
More than five hundred Arab and foreign dignitaries are taking part on Saturday and Sunday in cultural manifestations of Aleppo that has been chosen by the Islamic, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ISESCO to be capital of the Islamic culture in 2006.
Syria-Regional, Local, 3/18/2006
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The L. A. Times reported that "The top US military commander for the Middle East offered rare words of praise Thursday for Syria, saying Damascus has taken steps to stop the movement of foreign fighters over its border into Iraq."