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Muslim World News

Russia-Iran trade doubles to $2.2 bln in 9M07 - official

MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) - Trade between Russia and Iran more than doubled in January-September 2007 to $2.2 billion, the Russian co-chairman of the bilateral inter-governmental commission said on Thursday.

Sergei Kiriyenko, who was yesterday appointed by the Russian president to head state-controlled nuclear power corporation Rosatom, and Iran's Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki chaired on Thursday a session of the inter-governmental commission.

Saudi, Chinese sides review prospects of assembling Buses


Jeddah : Saudi and Chinese trade missions discussed the possibility of establishing a factory for assembling "King-Long" buses, which could operate on highways in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

The discussion on this topic was prompted in the framework of opening investment prospects between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China.

The Chinese Trade Delegation, which concluded its visit to the Kingdom was led by Chairman of "King-Long" Company Chang Chi Hang.

Triple Car Bombing kills 40 in Iraq

By Prensa Latina

Baghdad : At least 40 persons died and 100 others were wounded on Wednesday in three car bomb explosions in the Iraqi city of Amara, capital of the southern province of Maysan, said police.

The vehicles were about 50 yards from one another and detonated consecutively.

Local police said an explosive-laden car parked in a garage blew up.

Slovakia Pulling out of Iraq

By Prensa Latina

Bratislava : The Slovakian Parliament has approved the pullout of its troops from Iraq late this month, but agreed on the increase of its military presence in Afghanistan, legislative sources announced on Wednesday.

The withdrawal of the forces was proposed by the government after Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico announced the return home of the troops by February 2008.

The Parliament also decided to deploy another 50 soldiers in the Afghan territory.

Police kill 12 suspected of terrorist activities in Iran


Tehran : Iranian police on Thursday killed 12 persons suspected of terrorist activities and detained five others in a shootout in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, the state television reported.

The TV report said police were pursuing a group of counterrevolutionaries who planned sabotage, ethnical disputes and bombings across the country,» clashed with them and killed their leader and 11 others near the town of Iranshahr, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) southeast of the capital, Tehran.

'Istesqa' Prayer performed in Saudi Arabia


Riyadh : 'Istesqa' (Rain-Seeking) Prayer was performed by a large number of Muslims in all parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this morning in pursuit of traditions of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) whenever rain is delayed, praying that Allah Al-mighty will bring rains to all parts of the country.

The prayer was performed in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, Najran, Qassim, Baha, Assir, Jouf, Hail, Jazan, Tabuk, Dammam and Al-Ahsa.

New Hajj Terminals to operate according to BOT system


Jeddah : The Transitional phase of the new Hajj terminals project to operate on BOT (build-operate-transfer) basis was launched Tuesday, reported Arabic newspaper "Al-Watan."

The new terminals will be expanded to 90,000 square meters with 135 passport counters and 14 departure gates, to open next Hajj season.

14 Hospitals to take care of pilgrims in Makkah and holy sites


Makkah : Fourteen hospitals -- totaling up to 2,579 beds - in Makkah and holy sites have been geared up to offer medical services to pilgrims, Director of Health Affairs in Makkah Dr Khalid Qassim Al-Sumairi told the Saudi Gazette.

Of these 14 hospitals, Seven are in Makkah, Four in Mina and Three in Arafat.

Outlining the other health care facilities available to pilgrims, Al-Sumairi said five special centers have been opened to treat acute kidney cases, perform dental surgery, and to treat cases of chemical poisoning.

Iraqi bombers of al-Amara arrested


Baghdad : Iraqi police in Maysan arrested two men, who confessed of being responsible for the bombings that occurred Wednesday in al-Amara town and left 25 dead and 169 others injured. Police said the two charged men were arrested near the blast area, they have confessed of their responsibility for the three explosions, but gave no details about whether they belonged to a specific group.

Security bodies in the province imposed a curfew until further notice.

High-ranking Egyptian official visits Iran

By RIA Novasti

Tehran : A high-ranking Egyptian official made an official visit to Iran on Wednesday, the first since diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in 1979.

During his stay in Tehran, Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Derar exchanged views on bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues, with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki

He also passed on a written message from Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.