Middle East

Two executed for robbery in Saudi
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 22:11:16 GMT
Two thieves have been executed after Saudi courts found them guilty of kidnapping and robbery said the interior ministry on Friday.

UN urges to hasten Hariri court
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 20:11:17 GMT
UN top legal adviser on Friday called for dialog in Lebanon to hasten the Hariri court to resolve the 2005 murder of the former premier Rafiq Hariri.

Churches condemn Christian murders
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 20:05:35 GMT
The murder of three Christian evangelists in Turkey this week was condemned by the Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches on Friday.

Mid-air collision kills two in Iraq
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 18:37:56 GMT
Two British military personnel were killed and one seriously injured on Friday when two helicopters collided in mid-air in Iraq.

Two British soldiers killed in Iraq
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 17:19:02 GMT
A roadside bomb attack killed two British soldiers in the southern Iraqi province on Friday according to British military sources.

Ivanhoe, Inpex to develop Iraq oil field
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 12:28:38 GMT
Ivanhoe Energy Inc. has announced that it has agreed with Japan's Inpex Corp. to jointly develop a heavy oil field in Iraq.

Fatah official wounded in West Bank
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 12:08:28 GMT
An intelligence officer in Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party was shot and wounded Thursday evening by unknown gunmen in the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

Italian PM to visit Saudi Arabia
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:14:43 GMT
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi will begin a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday in which he will discuss developments in the Middle East.

Hezbollah fighters in Israeli jail "steadfast"
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 09:45:25 GMT
Three Hezbollah fighters captured in the Israeli regime's war against have remained steadfastly loyal to their leader despite ill-treatment in jail.

Vulnerable in Iraq risk dehydration
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 09:34:01 GMT
Doctors are warning of a possible surge in diseases among Iraqi children and the elderly as the country's hot summer months begin and services decline.

Gates in surprise Baghdad visit
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 03:56:45 GMT
A day after 180 people were killed in Baghdad, US defense secretary has said his country's support to Iraq is not an "open-ended commitment".

Iraq group films policemens' execution
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 03:56:04 GMT
A group linked to Al-Qaeda in Iraq has issued a video which it says shows the killing of 20 kidnapped Iraqi police and soldiers.

Coroner disputes US in Iraq crash
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 03:33:52 GMT
The death of eight UK servicemen in a US helicopter crash at the start of the Iraq conflict was due to mechanical failure, a coroner has ruled.

Amnesty Int'l. opposes death penalty
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 04:04:20 GMT
Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi government to suspend the use of the death penalty with a view to abolishing it completely.

UN slams Israel detention policies
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 04:05:58 GMT
A United Nations envoy has urged Israel to ease its policy on the detention of Palestinian children, saying current practices deepen violence.

Relief for PA money problem
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 04:00:47 GMT
The Palestinian finance minister says progress is being made on easing US banking restrictions that have crippled the Palestinian Authority.

Al-Mahdi forces not trained in Iran
Thu, 19 Apr 2007 21:04:22 GMT
Iraq's Sadr block has vehemently rejected allegations by some British and US officials that Al-Mehdi forces are being trained in Iran.

Abbas reassures BBC reporter is alive
Thu, 19 Apr 2007 17:57:17 GMT
President of the Palestinian Self-rule Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has given a reassurance a missing BBC journalist is alive.

Egyptian anchorwomen struggle for hijab
Thu, 19 Apr 2007 02:07:27 GMT
During the last four years, two Egyptian anchorwomen have been waging a battle against their employers who have refused to allow them appear on TV with hijab.

Fatah says no to quadruple committee
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:52:38 GMT
The Fatah movement's spokesman says the international quadruple committee is sanctioning the Palestinian nation and so must halt its activities.

Egypt's first satellite launched
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:48:08 GMT
An Egyptian satellite, Egyptsat-1, was successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, MENA reported.

US troops arrest Mehdi Army members
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:42:10 GMT
US troops have detained twelve members of the Mehdi Army militia loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in northern Baghdad on Wednesday.

Iraq's control of fourth province
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:27:59 GMT
Good news came to Iraq today despite increasing tensions in Baghdad, as the Iraqi government took control of security in the fourth province.

Ahmadinejad envoy in Algiers
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 21:55:54 GMT
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has sent his special envoy to Algiers to convey his message of condolence to the African nation.

Egyptian expert charged with spying
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 21:33:40 GMT
Egyptian authorities said they have arrested an Egyptian engineer from the country's nuclear energy agency on charges of spying for Israel.

UN urges asylum for Iraqi refugees
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 19:37:38 GMT
The UN secretary general has urged Iraq's neighbors not to close their borders to refugees and to help tackle the humanitarian crisis.

Five rebels killed in Fallujah
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:55:44 GMT
US forces backed by a helicopter gunship conducted a raid near Fallujah on Wednesday, killing five militants and arresting 30 others, the military said.

Infernal blast kills 170 in Iraq
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:29:26 GMT
A car bomb explosion in Baghdad's central Sadriya district on Wednesday took at least 170 lives, including many women and children, Reuters reported.

Iraq to assume national control
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:17:53 GMT
Iraq intends to assume security control of all its provinces before the yearend, following pressure exerted by top Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Saudi Arabia to cancel Iraq's debt
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:11:56 GMT
Saudi Arabia has agreed to cancel 80 percent of Iraq's multi-billion-dollar debt as a major assistance to the country's government.

Bombs kill 10 Iraqis
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:04:46 GMT
A string of bombings has left at least 10 Iraqis dead in Baghdad on Wednesday, despite a massive Iraqi-US security crackdown in the capital.

Iraq vows not to abandon refugees
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 13:43:20 GMT
The war-torn Iraq pledged not to abandon its homeless refugees as a UN conference on the country's refugees entered its final day Wednesday.

US kills five in Fallujah raid
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:55:50 GMT
American troops killed five suspects and detained 30 others Wednesday in a raid in Karmah, northeast of Fallujah, US military announced.

Hezbollah: March 14 seeking new ME‎
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:10:14 GMT
Lebanon's Hezbollah has accused the pro-government March 14 Movement of seeking to normalize ties with Israel to create a US-controlled Middle East.

900,000 orphan children in Iraq‎
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:51:21 GMT
In excess of 900 thousand Iraqi children have been orphaned as a result of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, according to Voices of Iraq news agency.

‎17 corpses found in Iraqi schoolyard‎
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:41:52 GMT
Iraqi police said it has uncovered 17 decomposing corpses buried beneath two schoolyards in the central restive city of Ramadi.

Iraq truck bomb attack foiled
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:02:07 GMT
A truck thought to be laden with nitric acid and explosives overturned in an attempted attack on a joint US and Iraqi security station north of Baghdad.

Scuffles at rally for BBC man ‎
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:15:16 GMT
Palestinian police scuffled with journalists during a solidarity protest in Gaza City in support of the kidnapped BBC correspondent, Alan Johnston.

Rice meets Palestinian minister
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:22:37 GMT
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has met with Palestinian finance minister, the highest level US contact yet with the Palestinian unity government.

Israelis murder Palestinian militant
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 03:19:45 GMT
Undercover Israeli troops murdered a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades near Jenin in the northern West Bank, according to a Palestinian source.

Amr Moussa welcomes Sudan accord
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 02:58:08 GMT
Arab League Chief Amr Moussa has hailed an agreement among the United Nations, the African Union and Khartoum on the UN "heavy support package" to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS).

Israelis miffed at tuition rise
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 22:16:43 GMT
At least 2000 Israeli students have launched a demonstration in al-Quds, protesting a committee's recommendation to raise tuition fees.

First Egyptian satellite launched
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 21:01:13 GMT
Egypt's first satellite for scientific research has been successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, reported MENA.

Jordan urges US to balance Iraq tilt
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 20:45:30 GMT
Jordan has urged Washington to balance the tilt in Iraq's political equation as a prerequisite to restoring stability to the war-torn country.

Egyptian Engineer spying for Israel
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 18:55:25 GMT
Egyptian security forces have arrested an Egyptian engineer from the country's nuclear energy agency on charges of spying for the Israeli regime.

Palestinians mark prisoners' Day
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 17:05:34 GMT
Thousands of people have poured into streets in the Palestinian territories, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Iraq rejects Qaeda kidnap claim
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 17:49:03 GMT
Iraq's interior ministry has rejected claims by a purported al-Qaeda-linked group that it had kidnapped 20 Iraqi policemen, calling it "misleading".

Abbas visiting Chirac on Mideast
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:35:32 GMT
Leader of Palestinian Authority has left Jordanian capital Amman for Paris for talks with French President at the outset of a new European tour.

Russian envoy in Lebanon
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 15:06:05 GMT
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister is due to meet with Lebanese officials to confer on the country's current political situation.

Hamas vows to continue resistance
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:33:24 GMT
The Hamas movement has said it will continue on the path of resistance and Jihad until the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

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