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4 arrested over Kabul hotel attack


Kabul, Afghanistan : Security forces have detained four people in the attack on a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital, authorities said Tuesday.

The attack on Monday killed seven people, including three Americans, said Amerullah Saleh, head of the National Directorate of Security. But a U.S. government official in Kabul said he was only aware of one American being killed.

UAE, France sign nuclear cooperation agreement

By Xinhua

Abu Dhabi : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France signed on Tuesday a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement.

According to reports by the official Emirates News Agency, the landmark agreement was signed by the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner.

It provides a framework for cooperation between the two countries in the evaluation and potential use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Sarkozy arrives in UAE to start state visit

By Xinhua

Abu Dhabi : French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived here Tuesday, starting a state visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the official Emirates News Agency reported.

Sarkozy was greeted by his UAE counterpart Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other senior UAE officials at the airport, the report said.

France and the UAE are expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement setting the framework for cooperation in the field of civilian nuclear energy during Sarkozy's stay in the Gulf country.

Hamas accuses Palestinian forces of arresting six members

By Xinhua

Gaza : Islamic Hamas movement on Tuesday accused Palestinian security forces of detaining six West Bank residents for what Hamas claimed being of its members.

In a statement sent to the press, Hamas said that the security forces, loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, "continued cracking down on Hamas members in West Bank and detained6 in Nablus, Hebron and Salfit."

Meanwhile, Hamas police forces in Gaza detained a colonel of the national security authorities loyal to Abbas, from his house in Gaza city after midnight.

Rice pays surprise visit to Baghdad, hold talks


Riyadh : US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki upon her arrival in Baghdad on a surprise trip Tuesday from the Saudi capital Riyadh, a US embassy official said.

Rice will hold intensive talks with several Iraqi leaders, the official told the Voices of Iraq news agency.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, ruled out a possible visit to Iraq by US President George W. Bush, saying the president had a different itinerary.

Israeli troops kill nine in Gaza incursion


Gaza City : Israeli troops rolled into the northern Gaza Strip Tuesday, sparking fierce gun battles with local militants and killing at least nine Palestinians, hospital officials reported.

One of the dead was the son of Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior official of the radical Islamic Hamas movement that currently rules in Gaza, and the former foreign minister in the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Malaysia: Bush terror claim against Iran unacceptable

By NNN-Bernama

Madrid : Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has described as unacceptable the remark by US President George W Bush that Iran is the leading state sponsor of world terror.

"Surely this remark will not be well received by Islamic countries and will give rise to polemics among them.

"We Malaysians too disagree with the remark," said the premier, now on a working visit to Spain Monday.

EC delimits parliamentary constituencies in Bangladesh


Dhaka : The Election Commission has realigned the constituencies for Bangladesh's 300-seat parliament, with 49 existing constituencies in 18 of the 64 districts witnessing delimitation, officials said here Tuesday.

Under the new arrangement the number of seats in Dhaka district have been increased from existing 13 to 20 seats in view of its growing population, while the southeastern Chittagong and southwestern Barisal and Khulna divisions have seen a decrease in the number of their constituencies.

Iran for Strong Ties with Arab States

By Prensa Latina

Tehran : Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadineyad ratified on Monday that his country is willing to strengthening cooperation wit the member nations of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG).

In an official report, Ahmadineyad expressed the interest of Iran to enforce the agreements of the CCASG Summit and emphasized the reception of his proposals in that meeting held in Doha.

Iranian vice Foreign Minister Mohammad Reza Bagheri gave the text to the ambassadors of the six CCASG member nations.

US Caused Lebanon Crisis, Hezbollah

By Prensa Latina

Beirut : The Party of God, Hezbollah, blamed the United States for the Lebanese political crisis and called the president of the North American country a devil.

The Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, told press today that the Lebanese political forces have not been able to reach an agreement due to Washington ó s pressures.

In his speech on Sunday night, Nasrala called US President George W. Bush a big Satan, and said he was proud of being considered by Bush an enemy.