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Hamas says it identifies kidnappers of BBC TV reporter

Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Hamas-led Palestinian government on Tuesday said it has identified the kidnappers of a BBC journalist and hopes to free him soon. Palestinian security services in Gaza were on Wednesday checking information that could lead to the whereabouts of a BBC correspondent who was abducted two days ago, officials …

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Radio Cairo, Unicef launch initiative to support street children

CAIRO: The plight of Egypt s growing numbers of street children is the subject of an initiative being launched this week by Radio Cairo and Unicef Egypt. “Sizzling Sounds – a radio program aired from 4-6 pm (Sunday through Thursday) on the European Program (FM 95.6) – is devoting part of the program to the …

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Egyptian opposition rejects constitutional amendments

Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt s largest Islamist opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other opposition lawmakers on Monday rejected controversial constitutional amendments demanded by the president. The lawmakers said they do not plan to attend an upcoming Parliament voting session and called Egyptians to boycott next month s planned referendum on the amendments, according to …

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Ending the Iraq strife

For a US representative to actually sit at the same table with the Iranian and Syrian delegates during the regional conference held in Bagdad on March 10, is in itself, an important development. The next such meeting, scheduled for early April at the foreign ministerial level, offers the Bush administration a tremendous opportunity to go …

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Balancing Israel's barrier with the Palestinians' fabric of life

The idea of a separation barrier between Israel and the Palestinians, including a “separation fence, was first broached during the premiership of Yitzhak Rabin and again under Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, but remained dormant. Increased suicide bombings during Ariel Sharon’s tenure generated public and political pressure to build a fence that would …

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Europe finds a new passion: cocaine, a 'drug for winners'

European leaders need to get serious about Europe’s cocaine problem. The “white lady is seducing a steadily growing number of Europeans, and remaining in a state of denial will only worsen the consequences. Cocaine used to be America’s problem, to the point that the United States started a major campaign against sellers and consumers of …

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There is no ignoring the new Middle East state system

With the language of multiple and inter-related crises dominating descriptions of the Middle East, it is easy to believe that the Arab state is fragmenting into fiefdoms, sectarian strife and trans-nationally inspired chaos. Yet of the 22 member states of the Arab League, only three – Sudan, Iraq and Lebanon – show signs of current …

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The Gulf states consider nuclear energy

How far away are the Gulf states from engaging in a nuclear race in the Middle East? This is a legitimate question given the decision in December 2006 by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to establish a nuclear research program. Up to that point, the GCC states had never seriously considered the use of …

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The real meaning of the Mecca agreement

In the month since the agreement reached in Mecca between Fatah and Hamas, the implications for Palestine and the region have become increasingly apparent. The “Mecca agreement may have registered in the international media mainly for its role in the formation of a Palestinian national-unity government after many torments and trials; but the significance of …

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Nationality: Unclear

The Media Line Ltd. They regard Bashar Al-Asad as their leader; they hang Syrian flags in their homes; their mother tongue is Arabic, and they see Israel as an occupying nation. They are the Druze community, and they live in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. For the past 25 years the Druze community in the Golan …

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Dire forecast for the fate of Iraqi refugees

CAIRO: The US department of public diplomacy and public affairs recently announced that the United States will accept 7,000 Iraqi refugees who will be screened and approved this year by the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The announcement comes amid growing discontent at the Bush administration’s lack of attention to …

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Egypt hits back at United States over human rights

CAIRO: Egypt said on Saturday that the United States had no right to set itself up as a global guardian of human rights and rejected Washington s criticism of Cairo s record, saying it was based on inaccurate information. The US State Department, in an annual report, cited Egypt as one of several countries where …

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Bin Laden's 50th birthday? Taliban pray for his long life

Reuters SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan: Osama bin Laden, if he s alive, celebrated his 50th birthday on Saturday, and his friends in the Taliban prayed for his long life. The Al-Qaeda leader s long silence has fuelled speculation that the world s most-wanted fugitive may have died, though many in the international intelligence community reckon Islamist …

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The European Union is ailing? If you think so, look again

As the European Union prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome later this month, the EU is widely perceived to be on its knees. European integration is felt to have somehow met its Waterloo in 2005, when referendums in France and the Netherlands unexpectedly torpedoed the draft EU constitution. Media stories …

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Use the Arab peace plan to tackle final-status issues

An Israeli-Palestinian discussion of the broad territorial, security and legal outlines of a Palestinian state is a good idea that has resurfaced for all the wrong reasons. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the current advocates of this approach of reversing the order of the Quartet’s “road map, did …

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Stocks up 1 percent, Sidi Kerir shines on results

CAIRO: Stocks closed higher on Thursday for the third session in a row, buoyed by positive financial results from Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals and bids and buyouts from listed Egyptian companies, traders said. Sidi Kerir said on Thursday its net profit for 2006 had jumped 26 percent to LE 1 billion ($176 million). Traders said the …

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Guatemalan Mayan priests to 'purify' sacred site after Bush visit

Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY: Mayan leaders announced that priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate bad spirits after US President George W. Bush visits next week. That a person like [Bush], with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in …

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Fighting breast cancer with fiber and diet

Developing breast cancer (BC) is a frightening prospect for many women as it is the most common cause of cancer death, and the most common cancer in women worldwide (one million women are diagnosed with BC annually). One in eight women and one in four women develop breast cancer in the US and the UK …

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The US must widen its dialogue with Iran

As the ink continued to dry on the aid-for-nuclear freeze deal with North Korea, the Bush administration made an important announcement regarding another member of the “axis of evil. It had decided to talk to Iran as part of a regional conference to discuss the future of Iraq. The parties will be sitting together today …

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America´s gift: a new tradition in Islamic thinking

West Sussex, England: American foreign policy sins are numerous and some are even unforgivable, like the invasion of Iraq – based on false accusations – which has resulted in much death and destruction. But to judge America by its neo-conservative foreign policy would be like judging Islam by what some radical, violence-prone Muslims have done …

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Impunity for war crimes against women

The plight of victims of sexual attacks during conflict has come to the fore once again when last week, the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor requested summons for two Sudanese connected with atrocities in Darfur. According to the Prosecutor, there is strong evidence pointing to the suspects’ responsibility for mass rape and other war crimes. Previously, …

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Cairo Model UN inaugurates its 19th session

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) kicked off its 19th CIMUN (Cairo International Model United Nations) session on Tuesday. CIMUN started as a simulation of only one council in 1989 but now encompasses seven councils led by a large secretariat team and an organizing committee of over 100 members. The organization’s graduate advisor, Yasmin …

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Egyptians support Iran, against Israel and US, according to BBC poll

CAIRO: In a BBC poll released this week documenting global opinion on the negative or positive influence of 12 countries on the world, Egyptians stood apart with their approval of Iran, and their apathy towards Asia and Latin America. Undertaken in November 2006 from a sample of 1000 people in Cairo and Alexandria, the poll …

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Some guidelines out of West Asia's enduring morass

West Asia exercises much power over the world. The region obsesses policymakers, it drives industries such as arms and energy, and it feeds the ideologies and counter-ideologies of global conflict. Yet, what sets West Asia apart from other regions is its inability and unwillingness to speak for its own people. West Asia is a concept …

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Europe can do more to ward away the terrorist threat

Three years ago this month, international terrorism struck Europe. In simultaneous bomb attacks against trains in Madrid, Islamist terrorists killed 191 people and wounded over 2,000. Last month the suspects went on trial in a Spanish court. Violent extremists claiming to act in the name of Islam have hit many countries around the world, before …

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Lebanon's price in Washington rises

Two Tuesdays ago, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt spent 35 minutes with the president of the United States. In many ways, the meeting was unusual. First, protocol dictates that President George W. Bush meet with his counterparts; he does not typically meet with foreign parliamentarians. Moreover, between 2003 and 2005 Jumblatt lost his visa …

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Syria opposes any changes to Arab-Israeli peace proposal

Associated Press DAMASCUS: Syria on Wednesday voiced opposition to making any revisions to the Arab-Israeli peace initiative endorsed by Arab leaders five years ago and cast doubts over Israel s willingness to make peace in region. Arab leaders are expected during their annual summit in Saudi Arabia later this month to focus on the possible …

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Elections in Turkey: 3 scenarios to help define future policy

With Turkey having entered election year, it is only a matter of time before speculation turns to the likely consequences for foreign policy of the possible outcomes. With the political environment in Turkey capable of sudden change, the febrile atmospherics – featuring a surge in nationalism and heightened European Union skepticism – are not necessarily …

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Gender Violence: Attitude and action against impunity

Annie’s life was good – she had studied agriculture at a university and her husband was a gold and diamond trader. Together, they lived with their children in a four-bedroom house in Bukavu, which lies on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yes, they had lived well. That is, until her …

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