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Iraqi FM to visit Cairo


Baghdad : Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari is to lead a high powered delegation for a visit to Cairo early Jan 2008 to revitalize the Egyptian-Iraqi cooperation and bolster relations between the two countries.

In a statement to reporters Dec 29 2007, the Iraqi Foreign Undersecretary Labid Abbawi said, Zebari will hold talks with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dealing with a plan of action for joint cooperation within the context of a long- range strategic planning.

Syrian PM sees no peace before Israel quits Golan Heights

Amman, December 30, SPA -- Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Al-Otari warned Saturday that peace would not materialize in the Middle East before Israel withdrew from the Golan Heights and the other Arab territories it occupied in the 1967 six-day war.

"The region and its peoples will not enjoy peace unless it provides for the return of the entirety of the Golan Heights until the June 4, 1967 borders," Al-Otari said during the opening meeting of the Joint Higher Jordanian-Syrian Commission.

Iraqi forces recieve US training planes


Baghdad : US military has announced that the Iraqi air force has received an aircraft of high technical standards, on purpose to train some Iraqi pilots.

A US military statement said the plane, a Beechcraft King Air 350, was among other planes included in a purchase deal struck between some foreign military companies and the Iraqi government.

Yemen's parliament speaker passes away


Sanaa : The Yemeni Parliament speaker Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein al-Ahmer, 74, has died at the Specialized Faisal Hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Al-Ahmar who was born in 1933 was arrested in 1950s in Hodeidah province by the ruler of Yemen Imam Ahmed and was jailed for three years until the revolution in 1962.

Sheikh al-Ahmar held several positions during his career. In May 1964 he was nominated a Minister of Interior and held that position under three sequent governments.

Pakistan rejects outside Bhutto probe

ISLAMABAD, December 30, SPA -- Pakistan rejected an outside investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on Saturday. Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema defended the government's ability to carry out its investigation.
He said an independent judicial probe should be completed within seven days of the appointment of its presiding judge.

"This is not an ordinary criminal matter in which we require assistance of the international community. I think we are capable of handling it," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Pakistani President, PM direct firm action against miscreants


Rawalpindi : Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro held a meeting to review law and order in the country.

The president condemned the ongoing spiral of violence in the guise of protests and directed the Interior minister and the Chief Ministers Dec 29 2008 to deal with miscreants firmly and take action under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Israeli settler runs over Palestinian near Nablus

RAMALLAH, Dec 30 (KUNA) -- A Palestinian citizen was deliberately killed on Sunday when an Israeli settler ran him over in Qabiya, near Ramallah.

Ramallah Hospital sources said the victim was identified as Wasfi Al-Khateeb, 25, who succumbed to serious injuries.
An Israeli settler was driving his car towards Al-Khateeb and "deliberately" hit him, stressed eyewitnesses.

Bypasses constructed by the Israelis back in 1994 after the Oslo Agreement to secure settlers' movements at certain points intersect with roads leading to Palestinian towns. Settlers often block these roads.

Israeli committee on Palestinian prisoners meets Sunday

GAZA, Dec 30 (KUNA) -- The Israeli Action Committee on the Palestinian Prisoners will meet today in Jerusalem, Israel Radio said Sunday.

Israeli First Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon will preside over the meeting which will discuss the possibility of releasing Palestinian prisoners who were accused of killing Israelis.
Radio Israel claimed that the move would aim at pushing ahead the contacts toward a deal for releasing Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped by three Palestinian factions in Gaza in June, 2006.

Iraqi tribals ask Osama to stop attacking civilians


Baghdad : An Iraqi US-backed tribal council Sunday called on the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network Osama bin Laden to order a halt to attacks on Iraqi civilians, media reports said.

Bin Laden issued a new audio message Saturday apparently aimed at stemming the tide of Sunnis joining Iraq's political process, a US-based monitoring group said.

Israeli incursion in eastern parts of Rafah -- eyewitnesses

GAZA, Dec 30 (KUNA) -- Israeli Army forces carried out an incursion early Sunday on the eastern outskirts of Rafah, South Gaza Strip, said Palestinian eyewitnesses.
Israeli tanks and military machinery were seen advancing early this morning to eastern Rafah through Karm Abu Salem Crossing, where such operations are frequent, the sources added.

Eyewitnesses said there was also heavy gunfire on Palestinian houses as Israeli planes and helicopters hovered over the city.