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Gulf & Middle East
  Last Updated: May 19, 2007 - 1:28:39 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Britain will continue to support Iraq: Blair
Baghdad, May 19 - Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to Iraq Saturday and said he had 'no doubt' that Britain would continue its support for Iraq after his departure.
May 19, 2007 - 9:30:02 PM

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No intention to wipe Israel 'off the map': Larijani
South Shuneh -, May 19 - Iran's national security chief Mohammad Larijani has said that his country had no intentions to wipe Israel 'off the map'.
May 19, 2007 - 10:05:10 AM

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Arab League chief blames Israel for Gaza infighting
Dead Sea -, May 19 - Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa has called for fighting between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah to stop, but blamed the battles on Israel and its continuation of an economic siege on the Palestinian areas.
May 19, 2007 - 8:33:56 AM

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Economic meet on Middle East opens in Jordan
South Shuneh -, May 18 - The World Economic Forum on the Middle East opened its meeting at Jordan's Dead Sea resort of South Shuneh Friday.
May 18, 2007 - 7:53:14 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Car bomb kills three Iraqi policemen
Baghdad, May 18 - Three Iraqi policemen were killed and two others wounded Friday in an attack south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source said.
May 18, 2007 - 4:11:58 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Israeli double air strike kills five in Gaza
Gaza City, May 18 - After days of intense rocket fire on its southern territory, Israel pushed ahead with an aerial campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip Friday killing five Palestinians.
May 18, 2007 - 4:06:50 PM

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Indian crew deported after serving term for killing sailor
Dubai, May 18 - Five Indian members of the crew of a Norwegian vessel convicted by a UAE court for murdering a fellow Indian sailor last year were deported to India after they served out one year in jail.
May 18, 2007 - 1:36:34 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Tailor made insurance for Indians in UAE
Dubai, May 18 - Two specially designed insurance schemes for Indians working in the United Arab Emirates - have been launched taking into consideration some of the problems faced by them.
May 18, 2007 - 11:05:45 AM

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Smart card - Ahmadinejad's answer to petrol consumption
Tehran, May 18 - Although Iran has a daily oil production of 4.2 million barrels, it still spends five to eight billion dollars for petrol imports.
May 18, 2007 - 8:55:08 AM

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Seven Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes
Gaza City, May 18 - Three children were among seven Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, while four more four died in internal factional fighting.
May 18, 2007 - 8:50:17 AM

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16 dead in heavy Gaza city clashes
Gaza city, May 16 - Gun battles between supporters of the rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements escalated throughout Gaza City Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and raising the total death toll in four days of fighting to at least 44.
May 16, 2007 - 7:18:06 PM

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Talks with US only for Iraq's sake: Iran
Tehran, May 16 - Iran's scheduled talks with the US are just for the sake of Iraq and not for improving ties with Washington, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
May 16, 2007 - 6:31:14 PM

Gulf & Middle East
32 killed in Baghdad car bomb explosion
Baghdad, May 16 - The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack last night in a crowded market in a Shia enclave in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, rose to at least 32, police said Wednesday.
May 16, 2007 - 5:24:06 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Six dead in Gaza City clash
Gaza City, May 16 - Dozens of Hamas gunmen stormed the house of a senior security chief loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas early Wednesday, killing at least six of his bodyguards, Fatah spokesman Abdel Kahim Awad said.
May 16, 2007 - 11:39:07 AM

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Militants admit plan to draw US to Saudi Arabia: reports
Riyadh, May 15 - Suspected militants being held in Saudi Arabia on charges of plotting terror attacks have told prosecutors their main aim had been to draw the US into Saudi territory, Saudi media reports said Tuesday.
May 15, 2007 - 10:32:24 PM

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11 killed as Hamas-Fatah violence escalates
Gaza City, May 15 - Hamas militants opened fire on a jeep carrying officers of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah-dominated National Security service in Gaza City Tuesday, killing at least eight members of the force, witnesses said.
May 15, 2007 - 7:03:03 PM

Gulf & Middle East
10 killed as Gaza violence escalates
Gaza City, May 15 - Hamas militants opened fire on a jeep with officers of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' National Security force in Gaza City Tuesday, killing at least eight members of the force.
May 15, 2007 - 4:31:49 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Jersey to host ICC World League next year
Dubai, May 15 - The International Cricket Council - Tuesday confirmed that the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey will host the World Cricket League Division V next year.
May 15, 2007 - 4:26:29 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Six US soldiers killed in Iraq
Baghdad, May 15 - Six American soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in Iraq, the US military said Tuesday.
May 15, 2007 - 2:06:40 PM

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Jerusalem Day: Israelis celebrate, Palestinians mourn
Jerusalem, May 15 - Forty years on, Ziyad, 74, remembers with remarkable clarity the day the Israelis took the walled, historic centre of perhaps the most disputed city in the world, on day three of the 1967 Six-Day War.
May 15, 2007 - 10:38:09 AM

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22 dead in Iraqi violence
Baghdad, May 15 - At least 22 people were killed and another 25 wounded in ongoing violence hitting the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Baquba, sources said Tuesday.
May 15, 2007 - 9:22:06 AM

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Palestinian minister resigns as two more killed in Gaza
Gaza, May 14 - Palestinian Interior Minister Hani al-Qawasmi stepped down Monday as two more people were killed and at least six injured in renewed Hamas - Fatah clashes.
May 14, 2007 - 4:02:58 PM

Gulf & Middle East
One killed in Gaza despite new Hamas-Fatah truce
Gaza, May 14 - One Palestinian was killed and at least six injured Monday in renewed clashes between Hamas and Fatah, despite a new ceasefire between the two leading Palestinian movements reached overnight.
May 14, 2007 - 3:31:12 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Bin Laden is alive, says Afghan warlord
Abu Dhabi, May 14 - Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is still alive but maintaining a low profile, Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a latest video release.
May 14, 2007 - 9:38:34 AM

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Five killed in renewed Hamas-Fatah clashes
Gaza City, May 14 - Five Palestinians were killed in renewed clashes between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in three separate incidents in the Gaza Strip.
May 14, 2007 - 8:41:08 AM

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Australian government's decision unfortunate, says Speed
Dubai, May 13 - International Cricket Council - chief executive Malcolm Speed Sunday said that the decision by the Australian government to ban its players from touring Zimbabwe in September as 'unfortunate for Zimbabwe's cricketers and supporters'.
May 13, 2007 - 7:30:25 PM

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54 killed in Iraq violence
Baghdad, May 13 - At least 54 people, including 15 insurgents, were killed and over 70 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq Sunday.
May 13, 2007 - 5:40:27 PM

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30 killed in Iraq suicide bomb attack
Baghdad, May 13 - At least 30 people were killed and 60 wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack on a Kurdish party office in the northern Iraqi town of Makhmour Sunday, local police said.
May 13, 2007 - 4:31:24 PM

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Gunmen kill five people north of Baghdad
Tikrit - May 12 - Unidentified gunmen killed five people, including four women, and wounded three in separate attacks in Salahudin province north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said Saturday.
May 12, 2007 - 3:46:24 PM

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Millions of barrels of oil missing in Iraq
Washington, May 12 - Up to 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq's declared oil production has gone missing in Iraq over four years and is not accounted for, according to a draft report quoted Saturday by the New York Times Saturday.
May 12, 2007 - 12:49:41 PM

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North Korea's debt to Iran obstacle for cooperation: Mottaki
Tehran, May 11 - Tehran considers North Korean debt to Iran as an obstacle to the comprehensive development of relations between the two countries, the Iranian foreign minister said Friday.
May 11, 2007 - 6:00:19 PM

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Vayalar Ravi stresses on UAE Indian workers' welfare
Dubai, May 11 - Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, who is on an official visit to the UAE, emphasised the need to improve the living conditions of Indian workers there and also expedite the return of illegal immigrants to the country.
May 11, 2007 - 10:01:09 AM

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India, UAE discuss ways to improve condition of Indian workers
Dubai, May 10 - India and the United Arab Emirates - Thursday decided to set up a task force to study the visa regime in the UAE and simplify the mechanism for attestation of work permits and work contracts through information technology.
May 10, 2007 - 10:36:49 PM

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Pyongyang, Tehran vow to stand up to arrogant global powers
Tehran, May 10 - Iran will assist North Korea economically and help it otherwise to 'stand up to arrogant global powers,' an Iranian top official said Thursday.
May 10, 2007 - 10:34:21 PM

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India look to improve ODI rankings with win in Bangladesh
Dubai, May 10 - India look to get back to winning ways and start climb up the one-day championship table with a five-wicket victory against Bangladesh Thursday.
May 10, 2007 - 7:53:01 PM

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Dhoni ranked eighth in one-day rankings
Dubai, May 10 - Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked eighth while England's Kevin Pietersen is still the top batsman in the latest one-day international - rankings released by the International Cricket Council - here Thursday.
May 10, 2007 - 7:10:04 PM

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Israel 'not ready' to make peace with Syria: Assad
Damascus, May 10 - Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that the Israeli government was not ready to make peace with Syria, stressing that negotiations must resume from the point they had last reached in 2000.
May 10, 2007 - 5:30:48 PM

Gulf & Middle East
US air strike kills three insurgents in Baghdad
Baghdad, May 10 - US troops backed by an aerial support Thursday raided Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City and killed three insurgents besides injuring three civilians, the US military said.
May 10, 2007 - 2:56:39 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraq parliament recess bad idea: US officials
Baghdad/Washington, May 10 - US officials have severely criticised plans by the Iraqi parliament to take a two-month summer recess while US troops were trying to secure the country enabling the government to seek political reconciliation among warring parties.
May 10, 2007 - 9:33:28 AM

Gulf & Middle East
US vice president visits Iraq, meets al-Maliki
Baghdad, May 9 - US Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Baghdad Wednesday for an unannounced visit and meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the latter called 'positive and serious'.
May 9, 2007 - 11:42:15 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Mozart to come alive in Arabic
Abu Dhabi, May 9 - Music lovers here will get a chance to watch Arabic version of Mozart's operas at musical event on Sunday.
May 9, 2007 - 5:57:18 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraqi court convicts 33 for attacking US-led forces
Baghdad, May 9 - The Central Criminal Court of Iraq - convicted 33 individuals between April 30 and May 5 for attacking the US-led coalition forces, the US military said in a statement Wednesday.
May 9, 2007 - 4:11:30 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Palestinian group claims holding BBC reporter in Gaza
Gaza, May 9 - A Palestinian militant group claimed responsibility Wednesday for kidnapping BBC reporter Alan Johnston in Gaza and urged London to release a Palestinian held in Britain.
May 9, 2007 - 1:50:07 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Car bomb in Iraqi city kills 45
Baghdad, May 8 - A car bomb blast in the Iraqi city of Kufa, around 170 km south of Baghdad, Tuesday killed 45 and wounded over 80, police said.
May 8, 2007 - 7:53:22 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Israeli scientists discover tomb of Herod
Jerusalem, May 8 - Israeli scientists said Tuesday that they had discovered the tomb of Herod the Great - the notorious, Rome-appointed 'King of the Jews', who ruled over the Biblical kingdom of Judaea at the time of the birth of Jesus.
May 8, 2007 - 5:02:29 PM

Gulf & Middle East
'12 years more, Gulf will have nuclear energy'
Abu Dhabi, May 8 - It will take Gulf nations 12-15 years to start developing civilian nuclear energy, the foreign minister of Kuwait said Tuesday.
May 8, 2007 - 4:47:13 PM

Gulf & Middle East
16 killed, 70 wounded in Baghdad car bomb attack
Baghdad, May 8 - At least 16 people were killed and up to 70 others injured Tuesday when a suicide car bomb struck a busy market in the town of Kufa, 160 km south of Baghdad, local police said.
May 8, 2007 - 4:11:12 PM

Gulf & Middle East
World's first zero-carbon city coming up in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, May 8 - Abu Dhabi will soon have the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste and multifaceted city powered by renewable energy resources.
May 8, 2007 - 2:48:39 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Fresh violence leaves 25 dead in Baghdad
Baghdad, May 7 - At least 25 people were killed and over 40 injured in separate violent incidents in Baghdad Monday while six unidentified bodies were also recovered, official sources said.
May 7, 2007 - 4:41:54 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iranian parliament bans al-Jazeera over Sistani 'insult'
Tehran, May 7 - The Iranian parliament has banned the Tehran correspondents of the Qatar-based news network al-Jazeera after the channel allegedly insulted Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Tehran press reported Monday.
May 7, 2007 - 4:13:57 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran to consider talks with US
Tehran, May 6 - Iran Sunday said talks with the US would be considered if it officially asks for it.
May 6, 2007 - 6:22:54 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Nine killed in Egypt plane crash
Cairo, May 6 - A plane of multi-national peacekeeping force crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Sunday, killing nine people on board, an official of Multinational Force and Observers - said.
May 6, 2007 - 4:28:14 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Seven killed in Baghdad car bomb attack
Baghdad, May 6 - A car bomb went off in a commercial area in southern Baghdad neighbourhood Sunday, killing seven people and wounding 15, an interior ministry source said.
May 6, 2007 - 3:21:26 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran, China to ink agreement on 10 dam projects
Tehran, May 6 - A $2 billion agreement on establishment of a maximum of 10 dams will be signed by Iran and China in two weeks, Deputy Energy Minister Rasoul Zargar said.
May 6, 2007 - 1:39:20 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran-US contacts in Egypt 'not even worth mentioning': Tehran
Tehran, May 6 - Contacts between Iran and the US on the sidelines of the Iraq conference in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt were 'not even worth mentioning,' said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi.
May 6, 2007 - 10:03:18 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Presidential polls heat up Lebanon's summer
Beirut, May 6 - Discussion on a presidential election posted for September to replace pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud is getting increasingly heated in Lebanon.
May 6, 2007 - 8:39:15 AM

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Hamas rejects US benchmark proposal
Ramallah/Gaza City, May 5 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday presented to the Palestinian Liberation Organization - the latest US proposal setting deadlines for confidence-building measures between Israel and the Palestinians but was rejected by Hamas
May 5, 2007 - 8:36:33 PM

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UAE aware of threats facing the region: Khalifa
Abu Dhabi, May 5 - United Arab Emirates - President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said the country is aware of the threats facing the region but has been able to counter it by constructive engagement and a judicious foreign policy, WAM news agency reported Saturday.
May 5, 2007 - 6:53:42 PM

Gulf & Middle East
US, Iran talk on Iraq
Sharm el-Sheikh -, May 5 - Iran and the US held expert level talks on the sidelines of an international meeting on Iraqi security here despite Tehran's harsh words against Washington.
May 5, 2007 - 11:45:16 AM

Gulf & Middle East
15 killed in latest Iraq violence
Baghdad, May 4 - At least 15 people died in latest Iraq violence including eight people, one a five-month-old baby, killed by two bombs targeting a police officer and the chairman of the city council in the northern city of Kirkuk, local media reports said Friday.
May 4, 2007 - 9:25:31 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Olmert fears coalition break-up
Jerusalem, May 4 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was bracing for a possible break-up of his coalition as soon as early next month over a harsh report criticising his management of last summer's Lebanon war.
May 4, 2007 - 7:15:26 PM

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Too early to withdraw foreign troops from Iraq: Russia
Sharm el-Sheikh -, May 4 - It is too early to withdraw foreign troops from Iraq, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said at an international conference on Iraq here Friday.
May 4, 2007 - 6:40:06 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Dubai tourism projects to reach $ 122 billion Dirhams by 2018
Dubai, May 4 - Tourism-related projects in Dubai would touch 450 billion dirhams - by 2018, or more than 50 percent of the 858 billion dirhams - being projected for the whole of United Arab Emirate -, WAM news agency reported Friday.
May 4, 2007 - 6:24:42 PM

Gulf & Middle East
'UAE stands in support of Iraq'
Sharm El Sheikh -, May 4 - The UAE has reiterated its unequivocal stance in support of the Iraqi government and people in their effort to build 'stable, unified, fully independent and prosperous Iraq,' Emirates news agency WAM reported.
May 4, 2007 - 4:47:43 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraq economic plan approved, Rice meets Syrian minister
Sharm el-Sheikh -, May 4 - More than 50 countries have endorsed an international proposal to help the Iraqi economy during the first day of a two-day conference in Egypt, aimed at stabilising the beleaguered nation.
May 4, 2007 - 10:39:02 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Gulf Traffic Exhibition 2007 in Dubai in December
Dubai, May 3, - The Middle East's premier traffic and transport infrastructure show 2007 will be held in December at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
May 3, 2007 - 7:18:44 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraqi PM calls on donor countries to write off debt
Cairo, May 3 - Iraq's prime minister called on donor states to write off the Iraqi government's debts accumulated during Saddam Hussein's rule.
May 3, 2007 - 5:36:14 PM

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Ahmadinejad: US can choose between friendship and hostility
Tehran, May 3 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that the US could choose between friendship and continued hostility with Iran.
May 3, 2007 - 3:42:51 PM

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UAE mulls legalizing therapeutic abortion
Abu Dhabi, May 3 - A senior official of the United Arab Emirates - said the government is working to draft a law allowing therapeutic abortions, as part of the country's prevention programme of genetic disorders.
May 3, 2007 - 1:36:02 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Tourist inflow touches record high in Sharjah
Sharjah, May 3 - With hotel occupancy achieving record highs, Sharjah has become one of the leading destinations in the region - successfully attracting a worldwide influx of both tourists and investors.
May 3, 2007 - 9:12:12 AM

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BBC scribe's kidnappers have presented demands: Haniya
Gaza City, May 2 - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya revealed Wednesday that the kidnappers of Alan Johnston, the BBC correspondent abducted in Gaza City on March 12, presented seven demands that 'are not related to the Palestinian cause'.
May 2, 2007 - 11:37:14 PM

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Palestine ready for two-state solution talks
Ramallah, May 2 - Palestinian leadership is capable and ready to engage in peace talks with Israel based on two-state solution, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization - said Wednesday.
May 2, 2007 - 7:16:30 PM

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Ahmadinejad criticized for embracing his female schoolteacher
Tehran, May 2 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, widely known for his strict Islamic approach, was criticized Wednesday in Islamic circles for having embraced his female teacher from primary school and for having kissed her hand.
May 2, 2007 - 6:37:41 PM

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US talking secretly to terrorists in Iraq: Larijani
Najaf, May 2 - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council - Ali Larijani says the US is engaged in secret talks with terrorists in Iraq and the US ambassador to the country held negotiations with terrorist groups a couple of months ago.
May 2, 2007 - 1:51:20 PM

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A wedding and two conferences at Sharm el-Sheikh
Cairo, May 2 - While many of the delegates at a two-day Iraq conference in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh this week will prepare to leave after it ends Friday, a chosen few might stay over for a majestic reception the same day.
May 2, 2007 - 8:23:50 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Israeli minister resigns over harsh report on Lebanon war
Tel Aviv, May 1 - A minister of the Israeli Labour Party coalition partner announced his resignation Tuesday, becoming the first member of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's cabinet to quit over a report harshly criticizing his handling of last summer's war with Hezbollah.
May 1, 2007 - 4:00:21 PM

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Israeli inquiry panel blasts Olmert over Lebanon war
Jerusalem, May 1 - An Israeli commission of inquiry has slammed Ehud Olmert's 'severe failure' in the opening days of last summer's indecisive offensive against the Hezbollah, casting a shadow over his future as prime minister and prompting opposition leaders to call for early elections.
May 1, 2007 - 10:49:04 AM

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Bush in talks to prevent collapse of Iraqi coalition
Baghdad, April 30 - US President George W. Bush has spoken to Iraqi Vice President Tarek al-Hashimi on the latter's possible move to bring his party out of the Iraqi government, the news agency Aswat al-Iraq reported Monday as violence, including a suicide attack that killed 25 people, continued.
Apr 30, 2007 - 11:21:41 PM

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Six killed, 35 injured in Iraq violence
Baghdad, April 30 - At least six people were killed and 35 injured in separate violent incident in Iraq Monday, source said.
Apr 30, 2007 - 8:30:38 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraqi politicians say Harry would be 'prize target'
London, April 30 - Senior Iraqi politicians have urged that plans for Britain's Prince Harry to serve in southern Iraq be abandoned because he would become a 'target prize' for insurgents, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Monday.
Apr 30, 2007 - 5:48:22 PM

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Booby trap kills two in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 30 - At least two people were killed and over 10 wounded when a booby trapped mini van detonated in a tunnel here Monday, leading to its collapse, officials said.
Apr 30, 2007 - 1:59:54 PM

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Indian matrimonial portal eyes Middle East expansion
Dubai, April 30 - Popular Indian matrimonial portal is all set to enter the Gulf Cooperation Council - states due to a surge in demand for their services in the United Arab Emirates -.
Apr 30, 2007 - 11:32:07 AM

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Karbala blast death toll rises to 60
Baghdad, April 29 - A group of angry Iraqis attempted an attack on the residence of Karbala's governor Sunday in the aftermath of a bomb blast that killed at least 60 and wounded 170 in the Shia holy city.
Apr 29, 2007 - 9:22:07 PM

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Six killed in Iraq violence
Baghdad, April 29 - At least six people were killed in separate incidents in Baghdad Sunday, source said.
Apr 29, 2007 - 3:23:52 PM

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Japan Saudi Arabia to develop economic ties
Riyadh, April 29 - Japan and Saudi Arabia have agreed to make joint efforts to develop mutual economic ties.
Apr 29, 2007 - 12:06:47 PM

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Kublai Khan's pearl to be auctioned in Abu Dhabi
Dubai, April 27 - A saltwater pearl insured for $5 million is due to be auctioned in May in Abu Dhabi.
Apr 27, 2007 - 9:04:30 AM

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12 killed in Iraq violence
Baghdad/Mosul, April 26 - At least 12 people, including nine soldiers, were killed and 28 injured Thursday in separate suicide attacks in Iraq, police sources said.
Apr 26, 2007 - 3:12:17 PM

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Saudi working women find it hard to be 'free'
Mecca, April 26 - Covered from head-to-toe in black robes, Asmaa usually experiences the world around her through the two slits in her black face-veil. Sometimes, she says, frowns from men even compel her to let down a see-through netting to cover her kohl-lined eyes.
Apr 26, 2007 - 8:14:53 AM

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11 killed, 24 injured in Baghdad Bombings
Baghdad, April 25 - At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 24 others wounded Wednesday, including policemen, in attacks in Baghdad and Baquba as Iraqi-US joint forces stormed two Sunni mosques in western Baghdad and detained two imams provoking outrage among Sunni leaders, sources said.
Apr 25, 2007 - 7:50:14 PM

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US forces kill Al Qaeda leader in Iraq
Baghdad, April 25 - The US forces have killed one of the Al Qaeda senior leader during a search operation in an area northwest of the capital, the military said Wednesday.
Apr 25, 2007 - 5:51:18 PM

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Demonstration in Gaza for freeing BBC correspondent
Gaza, April 25 - Palestinian journalists blamed the Palestinian Authority Wednesday for failing to secure the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston six weeks after he was captured at gunpoint in Gaza City by unknown militants.
Apr 25, 2007 - 5:08:41 PM

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Four Iraq bomb attacks claim 29 lives
Baghdad, April 23 - At least 29 Iraqis were killed and scores wounded in four separate bombings Monday, local police sources said.
Apr 23, 2007 - 8:10:49 PM

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As Tehran warns against 'deceptive' plans EU toughens stand
Luxembourg/Tehran, April 23 - In a two-track bid to defuse the nuclear standoff with Iran, European Union foreign ministers Monday agreed on tougher sanctions against Tehran but also backed talks this week between the bloc's chief diplomat Javier Solana and Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani.
Apr 23, 2007 - 7:20:18 PM

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Tehran warns against EU 'deceptive plan' in nuclear talks
Tehran, April 23 - Tehran Monday warned against a 'new deceptive plan' by the European Union in the new round of nuclear talks between EU chief diplomat Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.
Apr 23, 2007 - 5:25:32 PM

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22 killed in Iraq violence
Baghdad, April 23 - At least 22 people were killed and over 40 injured in separate suicide bombings in Iraq Monday, police sources said.
Apr 23, 2007 - 4:39:25 PM

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Beauty is essential for Lebanese, despite crisis
Beirut, April 23 - Although Lebanon has been reeling under the worst political and economic crisis since the end of the Lebanese civil war, beauty, body shape and cosmetic surgery remain a priority for Lebanese women.
Apr 23, 2007 - 8:01:44 AM

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18 killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 22 - Six people were killed and ten wounded when a car bomb followed by a roadside bomb detonated near a school in southern Baghdad Sunday, an interior ministry source said.
Apr 22, 2007 - 7:57:40 PM

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Israel escalates military actions in Palestinian areas
Gaza/Ramallah, April 22 - The Israeli army has escalated its military actions against the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since Saturday, killing at least nine Palestinians.
Apr 22, 2007 - 7:23:10 PM

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12 killed, 95 injured in Baghdad twin bombings
Baghdad, April 22 - Twin suicide car bombings struck a police station in southern Baghdad Sunday, killing up to 12 people and wounding 95, including dozens of policemen, an interior ministry source said.
Apr 22, 2007 - 6:26:56 PM

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Olmert turns down Musharraf's mediation offer
Jerusalem, April 22 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Sunday rejected an offer by Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Apr 22, 2007 - 6:15:35 PM

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Iran demands enrichment suspension struck off the talks agenda
Tehran, April 22 - The Western precondition of Iran suspending its uranium enrichment programme before resuming nuclear talks should be taken off the agenda, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Sunday.
Apr 22, 2007 - 4:08:44 PM

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Two Palestinians killed in fresh raids
Tel Aviv, April 22 - Israeli soldiers Sunday killed two Palestinians in the city of Nablus in the West Bank, Israeli media reported.
Apr 22, 2007 - 2:36:05 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Six killed in fresh wave of Mideast violence
Gaza, April 22 - Six Palestinians were killed and six Israelis wounded as a new wave of violence erupted in the West Bank and Gaza, medics and security sources said.
Apr 22, 2007 - 8:28:20 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Three killed in Baghdad bomb attack
Baghdad, April 21 - One US soldier was killed and two wounded by a roadside bomb southwest of Baghdad Saturday, the US military said.
Apr 21, 2007 - 8:47:53 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Palestine Explosions rock American School in Gaza
Gaza, April 21 - Unidentified gunmen in a predawn swoop stormed the American International School in northern Gaza Strip Saturday and bombed parts of the school, Palestinian security sources said.
Apr 21, 2007 - 4:33:09 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Gates 'moderately optimistic' about war in Iraq
Baghdad, April 21 - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said he is 'moderately optimistic' about the war in Iraq, but stressed significant challenges lie ahead in trying to secure the country, Iraqi media reported.
Apr 21, 2007 - 10:19:06 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Three soldiers killed in Iraq
Baghdad, April 20 - Two British soldiers were killed and three wounded when an explosive device went off Thursday near their patrol in Amara, the British Ministry of Defence said Friday.
Apr 20, 2007 - 7:16:14 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Virginia Tech victim Professor brought to rest in Israel
Jerusalem, April 20 - Professor Liviu Librescu, an Israeli citizen shot dead while trying to protect students in a classroom in this week's Virginia Tech shooting in the United States, was buried Friday morning at a cemetery in the Israeli city of Ra'anana.
Apr 20, 2007 - 5:30:45 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Israel to ask US for world's most advanced jets
Jerusalem, April 20 - Israel is interested in receiving the most advanced fighter jets in the world from the US, in order to maintain its militant deterrent in Middle East, Israeli daily the Jerusalem Post reported Friday.
Apr 20, 2007 - 4:22:31 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Rocket attack kills US soldier in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 20 - An American soldier was killed and two others wounded on Thursday when a rocket hit a US military base in the town of Mahmoudiyah, some 30 km south of the Iraqi capital, said a US military statement Friday.
Apr 20, 2007 - 3:48:26 PM

Gulf & Middle East
16 killed, 26 wounded in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 19 - At least 16 Iraqis were killed and over 26 wounded Thursday in two separate attacks in Baghdad, a day after a series of deadly bombings left some 195 persons killed around Iraq.
Apr 19, 2007 - 7:20:45 PM

Gulf & Middle East
US will preserve Israel's military deterrent: Gates
Jerusalem, April 19 - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that US remains committed to preserving Israel's military edge over its neighbours, Israeli daily Ha'aretz's website reported.
Apr 19, 2007 - 7:14:37 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Gunmen kill two sons of Iraqi minister
Tikrit -, April 19 - Gunmen killed eight people, including two sons of deputy Iraqi interior ministry, in several attacks in Salahudin province, a provincial police source said Thursday.
Apr 19, 2007 - 6:29:16 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran offers West 'constructive talks' in nuclear dispute
Tehran, April 19 - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki once again offered the West constructive talks in the nuclear dispute but reiterated the country's nuclear programmes would not be stopped, state news agency IRNA reported Thursday.
Apr 19, 2007 - 4:11:50 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Olmert hopeful of peace with Arab states
Jerusalem, April 19 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is hopeful of striking peace with Arab neighbours, saying some of them were showing 'first signs of understanding' towards the Jewish state.
Apr 19, 2007 - 11:53:38 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Grandparents of Lebanese victim mourn grandchild
Beirut, April 19 - The sound of crying could be heard outside the door of Georgette and Suheil Semaha in Beirut as they heard that one of the victims in the Virginia Polytechnic Institute shooting was their grandchild Reema.
Apr 19, 2007 - 11:08:48 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Death toll in Baghdad bombings mounts to 195
Baghdad, April 19 - The death toll from Wednesday's violent blasts across Iraq climbed to 195 a day later.
Apr 19, 2007 - 10:16:35 AM

Gulf & Middle East
120 killed in Iraq violence
Baghdad, April 18 - At least 120 people were killed Wednesday in a string of violent incidents across Iraq, sources said.
Apr 18, 2007 - 8:27:44 PM

Gulf & Middle East
10 killed in Baghdad car bomb blast
Baghdad, April 18 - Ten people were killed and twelve others wounded in a car bomb explosion near a private hospital in central Baghdad Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.
Apr 18, 2007 - 6:34:24 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Despite ban Iran developed advanced weaponry: Ahmadinejad
Tehran, April 18 - Despite Western embargoes banning arm imports Iran has mastered advanced armaments and technology, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.
Apr 18, 2007 - 4:54:28 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Pollution, traffic could have cost Delhi the Asian Games
Kuwait City, April 18 - The Indian capital's pollution and traffic congestion - cause of 'concern' for the bids evaluation committee - could have led to New Delhi's 19-26 defeat to South Korea's Incheon city in the race to host the 2014 Asian Games.
Apr 18, 2007 - 11:57:35 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Delhi loses bid, Incheon to host 2014 Asian Games
Kuwait City, April 17 - Money power is believed to have played the crucial difference as South Korean's Incheon city, which offered $20 million to the voting countries, beat New Delhi's bid Tuesday to win the right to host the 2014 Asian Games.
Apr 17, 2007 - 9:06:32 PM

Gulf & Middle East
'Iran needs four years to complete fuel cycle'
Tehran, April 17 - Chief of Iran's atomic agency Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said Tuesday that Iran would still need four years to complete its own nuclear fuel cycle.
Apr 17, 2007 - 8:33:23 PM

Gulf & Middle East
25 gunmen among 30 killed in Iraq
Baghdad, April 17 - At least 30 people, including 25 gunmen, were killed in separate violent incidents in Iraq Tuesday.
Apr 17, 2007 - 8:32:56 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Incheon pips New Delhi to host Asiad 2014
Kuwait City, April 17 - New Delhi has lost the bid to host the 2014 Asian Games to Incheon, the third largest city of South Korea.
Apr 17, 2007 - 7:19:00 PM

Gulf & Middle East
25 gunmen killed in Iraq
Wasit -, April 17 - At least 25 gunmen were killed in an offensive by joint Iraqi-US troops in a town in the north of Wasit province while suspected insurgents shot dead two Iraqis in Baquba Tuesday.
Apr 17, 2007 - 6:34:24 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Gaza guards threaten reporters protesting Johnston kidnap
Gaza, April 17 - Hamas militiamen guarding the Palestinian parliament building in Gaza Tuesday allegedly pushed, hit and threatened at gunpoint four local Palestinian journalists who were protesting the kidnapping of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, witnesses said.
Apr 17, 2007 - 4:13:48 PM

Gulf & Middle East
2014 Asian Games bid: initial joy in Indian camp
Kuwait City, April 17 - There was initial joy in the Indian camp Tuesday as New Delhi won the right to make its presentation after South Korea's Incheon city as the two locked horns for the right to hold the 2014 Asian Games. The winner will be picked in a secret ballot in the afternoon.
Apr 17, 2007 - 3:01:27 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Five US soldiers killed in Iraq
Baghdad, April 17 - Five US soldiers were killed and six injured in insurgent attacks in Baghdad and western Iraq, the US military said Tuesday.
Apr 17, 2007 - 1:52:39 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Pakistan's full support to Delhi's Asian Games bid
Kuwait City, April 16 - The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation - countries, particularly Pakistan, threw their weight behind Delhi's bid to host the 2014 Asian Games Monday, a day ahead of crucial voting here.
Apr 16, 2007 - 11:16:57 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Money could decide 2014 Asian Games bid
Kuwait City, April 16 - Money could play a major role in choosing the winner of the 2014 Asian Games bid here Tuesday, especially after Delhi's rival, Incheon of South Korea, Monday offered at least $20 million to the 45 voting countries, besides other incentives.
Apr 16, 2007 - 10:27:55 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Money power could decide 2014 Asian Games bid
Kuwait City, April 16 - Money power could well play a significant role in choosing the winner of the 2014 Asian Games bid here Tuesday, especially after Delhi's rival, South Korean city Incheon, offered $20 million to the voting countries.
Apr 16, 2007 - 5:33:47 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran insists on right to develop nuclear technology
Tehran, April 16 - The Iranian president reiterated Monday that his country will never give up its legitimate right to develop nuclear technologies.
Apr 16, 2007 - 5:08:31 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Sirens wail across Israel as country remembers Holocaust
Tel Aviv, April 16 - Sirens wailed across Israel for two minutes Monday morning and citizens stood in solemn silence to remember the victims of the Nazi World War II genocide.
Apr 16, 2007 - 4:04:25 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Al-Sadr's political movement to leave Iraqi government
Baghdad, April 16 - The political movement of US critic, Shia cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr Monday said its six ministers would leave the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Apr 16, 2007 - 12:18:09 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Holocaust a stain on humanity: Israel's acting president
Jerusalem, April 16 - The Holocaust was a stain on humanity and proved evil can be organised, said Israeli acting President Dalia Itzkik as the country ushered in its solemn annual commemorations of the victims of World War II Nazi genocide.
Apr 16, 2007 - 9:27:34 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Abbas forms national Security Council
Ramallah, April 15 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday created a national security council including Hamas officials for the first time, sources from Abbas' office said.
Apr 15, 2007 - 7:33:46 PM

Gulf & Middle East
25 killed in Baghdad, two British copters crash
Baghdad, April 15 - At least 23 people were killed in separate bombings in Baghdad Sunday while two British servicemen died when their choppers crashed midair north of the Iraqi capital.
Apr 15, 2007 - 7:32:47 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Bombers target Christian library, Internet cafe in Gaza
Gaza City, April 15 - Unknown assailants bombed a Christian library and an internet cafe in Gaza City Sunday, hours after the Palestinian government approved a new security plan to end violence and anarchy in the Palestinian areas.
Apr 15, 2007 - 6:42:27 PM

Gulf & Middle East
20 killed in Baghdad violence, two US copters crash
Baghdad, April 15 - At least 20 people including two US soldiers were killed in Baghdad Sunday.
Apr 15, 2007 - 6:41:34 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Israel should surrender Golan Heights before talks: Syria
Damascus, April 15 - Syria stressed Sunday that if Israel was ready to make peace, it should clearly announce its commitment to give back the full Golan Heights.
Apr 15, 2007 - 3:31:14 PM

Gulf & Middle East
'Go for New Delhi' slogan as India bids for 2014 Asiad
Kuwait, April 15 - 'Go for New Delhi' is the catch slogan with which the Indian Olympic Association - is highlighting the Indian capital as the venue for the 2014 Asian Games for which voting takes place Tuesday at the Olympic Council of Asia - meet.
Apr 15, 2007 - 1:57:10 PM

Gulf & Middle East
2014 Asian Games: Indian, South Korean officials in Kuwait
Kuwait, April 14 - Delegations from India and South Korea, vying to host the 2014 Asian Games, arrived here almost at the same time Saturday morning. Both sides said that it would be a close fight between them.
Apr 14, 2007 - 10:47:45 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Over 75 killed in Iraq violence
Baghdad, April 14 - Violence raged across Iraq Saturday with more than 75 people killed in two separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad and Karbala.
Apr 14, 2007 - 4:59:30 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Bahraini police, protesters clash on eve of F1 contest
Manama, April 14 - Bahraini police and protesters clashed here as the Gulf Island prepared to play host to this year's third leg of the F1 World Championship.
Apr 14, 2007 - 4:52:37 PM

Gulf & Middle East
2014 Asian Games: Indian, South Korean officials reach Kuwait
Kuwait, April 14 - Delegations from India and South Korea, vying to host the 2014 Asian Games, arrived here Saturday morning almost at the same time. Both sides admitted that it would be a close fight between them.
Apr 14, 2007 - 4:09:48 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Indian workers in Qatar assured help by Ravi
Dubai, April 14 - Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has assured Indian workers in Qatar that he would take up their grievances with the concerned departments and help in easing their problems.
Apr 14, 2007 - 1:44:13 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Car bomb kills 40 in Karbala
Baghdad, April 14 - At least 40 people were killed and dozens wounded as a car bomb went off Saturday in the holy Shia city of Karbala, some 100 km south of Baghdad, al-Jazeera television reported.
Apr 14, 2007 - 1:40:50 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Four journalists detained in West Bank protest
Jerusalem, April 14 - Four journalists including one from al-Jazeera and one from Reuters, were detained by the Israeli military during a Palestinian protest against the Israeli-built separation barrier in the West Bank village Biliin.
Apr 14, 2007 - 9:13:06 AM

Gulf & Middle East
58 migrants feared dead in Yemen boat capsize
Sana'a April 14, - At least 58 African migrants, mostly Somalis, were feared dead after a smuggler's boat capsized off the coast of Yemen, Yemeni coastguard sources said.
Apr 14, 2007 - 8:31:57 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraqi parliament holds special session a day after attack
Baghdad, April 13 - The Iraqi parliament Friday held a special session a day after at least eight people, including two lawmakers, were killed by a suicide bomber in the parliament building.
Apr 13, 2007 - 4:14:35 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Five killed, 13 injured in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 13 - At least five people, including an Iraqi soldier, were killed and up to 13 wounded Friday in separate violent incidents in different areas south of the Baghdad, a police source said.
Apr 13, 2007 - 1:48:29 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Eight killed in Iraqi parliament blast
Baghdad, April 12 - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant inside the Iraqi parliament building in the high-security Green Zone in central Baghdad Thursday, killing seven, besides himself, including three lawmakers, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:22:28 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Blast in Iraq's parliament building, two lawmakers killed
Baghdad, April 12 - A powerful blast rocked Iraq's parliament building in the heavily-fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad Thursday, leaving two lawmakers dead and over 10 injured, an Interior Ministry source said.
Apr 12, 2007 - 7:50:45 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Red Cross warns of Iraq insecurity
Geneva, April 12 - The International Red Cross Committee - has denounced the increase of insecurity and suffering of civilians in Iraq, where thousands of families, chiefly women and children, have left their homes to escape violence.
Apr 12, 2007 - 2:35:11 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Ravi for better protection to overseas unskilled workers
Dubai, April 12 - India will make greater efforts to protect the interests of the increasing number of unskilled workers serving in Gulf countries, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said while on a visit to Qatar.
Apr 12, 2007 - 2:03:40 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attacks in Algeria
Cairo, April 11 - The Al Qaeda group in North Africa claimed in an internet statement responsibility for launching bomb attacks in Algerian capital Wednesday.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:33:56 PM

Gulf & Middle East
24 dead, 143 injured in Algiers bombings
Algiers, April 11 - At least 24 people died and 110 were injured as at least two explosions rocked the Algerian capital Algiers and one of its suburbs Wednesday, Algerian Solidarity Minister Jamal Wild Abbas said.
Apr 11, 2007 - 9:54:05 PM

Gulf & Middle East
17 dead in Algiers bombings
Algiers, April 11 - At least 17 people died and 82 were injured as two explosions rocked the Algerian capital and one of its suburbs Wednesday, the Algerian Civil Defence Protection said.
Apr 11, 2007 - 6:42:43 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Violence kills 42 across Iraq as raids continue
Baghdad, April 10 - At least 42 Iraqis were killed and scores wounded in violence across Baghdad Tuesday, police sources said as joint US-Iraqi army raids continued across the capital.
Apr 10, 2007 - 9:12:07 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Violence kills 32 across Iraq as raids continue
Baghdad, April 10 - At least 32 Iraqis were killed and scores wounded in violence in and around the capital Tuesday, police sources said as joint US-Iraqi army raids continued unabated across Baghdad.
Apr 10, 2007 - 6:28:39 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Talks with Israel on prisoners reach 'good stage': Hamas
Damascus, April 10 - A senior Hamas official has confirmed that negotiations over a prisoner swap betweeen Israel and the Palestinian have reached a 'good stage,' but cast doubts over the seriousness of the Israeli leadership in meeting the Palestinian demands.
Apr 10, 2007 - 4:32:21 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Islamic insurance industry to grow 15 percent annually
Abu Dhabi, April 10 - The Islamic insurance - industry in the Gulf region is expected to grow 15 percent a year, Gulf News reported Tuesday.
Apr 10, 2007 - 2:08:26 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran to withdraw from NPT if further pressured: Larijani
Natanz -, April 9 - Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani Monday warned that Tehran could withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty - if the international community imposes further pressure over its nuclear programme and confirmed that his country had started injecting gas into 3,000 centrifuges.
Apr 9, 2007 - 11:21:53 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran, Russia resume talks at Bushehr nuclear plant
Tehran, April 9 - Officials of the Iranian Atomic Organization and Russian contractor Atomstroiexport resumed talks Monday at the Bushehr power plant in southern Iran, the news network Khabar reported.
Apr 9, 2007 - 6:50:47 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraqis rally in Shia cities for anti-US march
Baghdad, April 9 - Thousands of Shia Muslims Monday held demonstrations against the US in the southern cities of Kufa and Najaf on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Apr 9, 2007 - 3:46:20 PM

Gulf & Middle East
India and Kuwait give final touches to labour welfare pact
Dubai, April 9 - A Memorandum of Understanding - between Kuwait and India on labour, employment and manpower development have reached the final stage, Minister for Overseas Indian Affair Vayalar Ravi said.
Apr 9, 2007 - 1:43:38 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iraq's security woes four years after Saddam statue fell
Baghdad, April 9 - Four years after a statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad's Firdous Square, Iraqis bear with daily bombings and sectarian violence as well as decapitated or tortured bodies.
Apr 9, 2007 - 1:42:42 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Minimum highway speed set at 60 km in Dubai
Dubai, April 9 - A minimum speed limit of 60 km per hour is being introduced on a string of major highways in Dubai. The minimum speed limit will apply on highways where the existing speed limit is 100 km per hour or more, the WAM news agency said.
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:01:51 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Hezbollah warns against attack on Iran
Beirut, April 9 - The secretary general of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has warned against any attack on Iran.
Apr 9, 2007 - 8:30:19 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Burj Dubai now has more floors than any building in the world
Dubai, April 8 - Dubai's Burj Dubai, already the tallest structure in the Middle East and Europe, now has more floors than any building in the world.
Apr 8, 2007 - 5:44:28 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Israel confirms progress in talks about release of Shalit
Tel Aviv, April 8 - Israel confirmed reports Sunday about progress in its attempts to secure the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, a soldier snatched by Palestinian militants almost nine months ago during a cross border raid from the Gaza Strip.
Apr 8, 2007 - 4:57:31 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Abbas calls for end to rocket attacks into Israel
Gaza City, April 8 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on security forces in the Gaza Strip to stop homemade rocket attacks by militants against Israel.
Apr 8, 2007 - 5:16:01 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Iranian diplomat claims CIA agents in Iraq tortured him
Tehran, April 7 - The Iranian diplomat released this week after being abducted in Iraq said that he had been tortured by CIA agents, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
Apr 7, 2007 - 10:04:42 PM

Gulf & Middle East
US helicopter shot down in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 5 - Gunfire shot down a US helicopter in a Sunni stronghold south of Baghdad Thursday, witnesses said.
Apr 5, 2007 - 4:48:58 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Four British Soldiers killed in Iraq bomb attack
Baghdad, April 5 - A roadside bomb killed four British soldiers and a civilian interpreter in Iraq's southern city of Basra Thursday, the British military said.
Apr 5, 2007 - 4:48:22 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Civilian killed in bomb attack in Baghdad
Baghdad, April 5 - A civilian was killed and four others were wounded in two roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said.
Apr 5, 2007 - 4:11:58 PM

Gulf & Middle East
24 illegal Indian migrants on way home
Dubai, April 5 - Twenty-four Indian immigrants are being escorted back home after their European voyage ended in disaster, leaving them stranded in a dismal warehouse in Mauritania in northwest Africa.
Apr 5, 2007 - 3:04:59 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Freed British marines fly home
Tehran, April 5 - The 15 British seamen released by Iran after the two-week long detention flew home Thursday morning. The released sailors and marines, including a woman, boarded the morning flight of British Airways from Tehran to London, the official IRNA news agency said.
Apr 5, 2007 - 12:46:34 PM

Gulf & Middle East
World Bank bids for Red Sea-Dead Sea canal study
Amman, April 5 - The World Bank has invited global companies to bid for a feasibility study to examine environmental and social impacts of the $5-billion Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance project on surrounding countries, officials said Thursday.
Apr 5, 2007 - 12:38:17 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Ban Ki-moon thanks Ahmadinejad for marines' release
Tehran, April 5 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon thanked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for releasing 15 detained British naval seamen.
Apr 5, 2007 - 11:08:15 AM

Gulf & Middle East
War in Iran, a gold mine in the making
When I was a little kid growing up in the US I used to go into my grandfather's office where he told me more than once that war was good for business. I despised the concept as a teenager during the US war on Vietnam.
Apr 5, 2007 - 8:53:13 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran frees 15 British sailors after 13-day standoff
Tehran, April 4 - Iran made a surprising move Wednesday by releasing the 15 British sailors 13 days after it detained them for 'illegal entry' into Iranian waters which had strained relations between Tehran and London.
Apr 4, 2007 - 11:40:56 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Woolmer utterly incorruptible, says friend
Johannesburg, April 4 - Slain Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was totally and utterly incorruptible, his friend and sports scientist Tim Noakes told Woolmer's memorial service in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday.
Apr 4, 2007 - 11:35:05 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iranian envoy to meet detained Iranians in Iraq
Tehran, April 4 - An Iranian envoy will go to Iraq to meet the five Iranians detained by US forces in Iraq's northern city of Arbil in January, Iran's state television reported on Wednesday.
Apr 4, 2007 - 4:02:38 PM

Gulf & Middle East
US to attack Iran by end of April: report
Kuwait City, April 4 - The US is planning to attack Iran's nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities by the end of this month, the Kuwait-based Arab Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
Apr 4, 2007 - 2:30:06 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran warns Britain not to raise 'hue and cry'
Tehran, April 4 - A top Iranian official warned that the sailors' detention issue would not be resolved if the British government continues raising 'hue and cry'.
Apr 4, 2007 - 9:42:07 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Jordan Islamists blast Olmert's Arab-Israeli summit proposal
Amman, April 4 - Jordan's largest political party, the Islamic Action Front -, condemned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's proposal for holding an Arab-Israeli summit as a 'new trick' aimed at a 'free of charge' normalization with Arab states.
Apr 4, 2007 - 8:45:00 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Sailors crisis: Iran for talks, Britain to consider
Tehran/London, April 3 - A senior Iranian official suggested Tuesday that the crisis over the capture of 15 British naval personnel can be solved through negotiations.
Apr 3, 2007 - 5:09:34 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Three US soldiers killed in Iraq
Baghdad, April 3 - Three US soldiers were killed and two more wounded in insurgent attacks in Iraq, the US military said Tuesday.
Apr 3, 2007 - 1:24:42 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Indian maid jumps off building in desperation
Dubai, April 3 - An Indian housemaid in Bahrain was critically injured after she jumped from the third floor of an apartment building, allegedly to escape an abusive employer.
Apr 3, 2007 - 10:58:11 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Journalists protest abduction of BBC scribe in Palestine
Ramallah/Gaza, April 2 - Scores of journalists demonstrated in Gaza and Ramallah Monday to protest the abduction of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston by Palestinian militants.
Apr 2, 2007 - 8:23:07 PM

Gulf & Middle East
ElBaradei to visit Jordan for nuclear talks
Amman, April 2 - Mohamed ElBaradei, the International Atomic Energy Agency - director general, is to visit Jordan this month for talks on the country's plans to obtain nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, Energy Minister Khalid Sheraydeh was quoted Monday as saying.
Apr 2, 2007 - 1:27:28 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Stay out of seamen seizure issue: Iran to US
Tehran, April 2 - Iran has urged US President George W. Bush to stay out of the issue of the British crew detention, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Apr 2, 2007 - 12:40:52 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Olmert invites Arab leaders to meeting
Jerusalem, April 2 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has invited leaders of all Arab states' to a meeting for 'sharing of views'.
Apr 2, 2007 - 11:14:41 AM

Gulf & Middle East
International sanctions on Palestine to remain: Merkel
Ramallah, April 2 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has hinted on the continuation of sanctions against Palestine in wake of unity government's refusal to accept conditions raised by the Middle East Quartet for the peace process.
Apr 2, 2007 - 10:06:37 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran shows 'confessions' of two more British captives
Tehran, April 2 - Iranian television IRIB late Sunday televised purported confessions of two more British sailors admitting that they were detained after entering Iranian waters.
Apr 2, 2007 - 9:13:39 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Israeli president faces another rape count
Jerusalem, April 1 - Israeli attorney general's office announced Sunday that President Moshe Katsav would be indicted on a second rape count after a former employee filed a new complaint of sexual harassment against him with the police.
Apr 1, 2007 - 7:38:24 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Merkel sees 'movement' in Mideast peace process
Jerusalem, April 1 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed some guarded optimism here Sunday about prospects for reviving the Mideast peace process, saying she saw some 'movement' in recent developments.
Apr 1, 2007 - 5:46:48 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Merkel meets Israeli Foreign Minister Livni
Jerusalem, April 1 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Sunday morning with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni as part of an international diplomatic push to get the Israeli-Palestinian peace process out of its quagmire.
Apr 1, 2007 - 2:43:41 PM

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