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Israel attack on Gaza raises death toll to 12
Israeli forces have now moved deep into northern Gaza on the ninth day of the offensive, which has seen food, fuel and electricity supplies cut off from the occupied territories.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/6/2006
Israeli military actions criticized at first UN Human Rights Council
Dozens of speakers yesterday denounced Israel's military operations in the occupied Palestinian territory, calling them violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, at the first-ever special session of the new United Nations Human Rights Council, while the country's representative countered that the meeting was politically motivated.
Palestine-Israel-UN, Politics, 7/6/2006
Israeli bulldozers devastate Palestinian Arable lands
Israeli Bulldozers devastated Thursday vast areas of arable lands in Beit Lahya and Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, witnesses said.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 7/6/2006
13 Iranian pilgrims killed in Iraq explosion
Some 13 people were killed and 36 others wounded in a car bomb explosion in the Iraqi holy city of Kufa, according to initial reports.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 7/6/2006
US: New al-Qaida leader may boost mobile bombs
The new al Qaeda in Iraq leader is an explosives expert who could opt to increase insurgent attacks using car and truck bombs, a senior US military officer said in Baghdad yesterday.
Iraq-USA, Military, 7/6/2006
On prosecution of US soldiers by Iraqi authorities
US Department Of State spokesman Sean McCormack said yesterday about US General Caldwell earlier comments that the US would not allow its troops to be tried in Iraqi courts "That's a matter for the Department of Defense and the Iraqi Government to talk about."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 7/6/2006
Larijani visit canceled to European security reason
"Following reports on formation of terrorist squads in Brussels by Israel and certain European states for assassination attempts on members of the Iranian delegation scheduled to visit Brussels on Wednesday, the Iranian delegation canceled the visit," a security official said.
Iran-European Union, Politics, 7/6/2006
UK terror laws equivalent to Muslim witch-hunt: IHRC
Britain's 1.8 million Muslim community has been under siege since before the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001, according to a new report on the UK's anti-terrorism laws published yesterday.
Regional-UK, Politics, 7/6/2006
Illegal renditions in Europe, warrants for CIA officers
The European Parliament approved Thursday an interim report of its Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners by 389 to 137 with 55 abstentions.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 7/6/2006
Arab League secretary-general expected in Tehran Friday
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa is expected in Iran tomorrow to attend the 9th meeting of foreign ministers of Iraqi neighboring states plus Egypt scheduled for July 8-9, it was announced here on Wednesday.
Regional-Iran, Politics, 7/6/2006
Refugees returning to Sudan reach 10,000 mark
The number of refugees repatriated to southern Sudan under United Nations auspices passed 10,000 this week, a modest landmark in the efforts to bring home some 350,000 people who fled two decades of civil war that formally ended in early 2005 with a peace agreement between the Government and rebels.
Sudan-UN, Politics, 7/6/2006
Islam cultural event in London reaches out to build bridges
The biggest Islamic cultural event ever witnessed in Europe opened at Alexandra Palace in north London Thursday to provide a platform to reach out and "build bridges."
Regional-European Union, Culture, 7/6/2006
Iran says no spoiled chicken, food exported to Iraq
Iran yesterday refuted Iraqi press claims that it had exported spoiled chicken and food to Iraq.
Iraq-Iran, Local, 7/6/2006
Tourist to Egypt up 13 percent
Egypt, Economics, 7/6/2006
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An Israeli report said Israeli Police have taken into custody five senior Hamas officials in eastern Jerusalem.
Libya's Secretary of General People's Committee confirmed that the executive procedures for the first phase of distributing the public wealth to deprived families will be completed and announced before the beginning of the upcoming month in compliance with the Leader's guidance and his keen desire that all Libyans get their fair share of the public wealth.
Egypt's Minister of Electricity HiassanYounes said yesterday that "Egypt succeeded to increase its total generated power by eightfold in 20 years, and there is no other developing country managed to provide electricity to 99 percent of its people."
Iran's Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel yesterday said that the territorial integrity, independence and unity of Iraq is a principal issue for Iran.
Some 60,888 Iranian tourists visited Lebanon in the first half of 2006, said Lebanese Tourism Ministry's Research Center yesterday.