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Protesters storm government offices to mount pressure on Saleh

Source : Saeed Al-Batati | Arab News
SANAA | 11 May 2011

Pro-democracy protesters in Yemen have decided to escalate pressure on President Abdullah Ali Saleh by storming government headquarters ahead of a mass march to the presidential palace on Friday.

In Sanaa, a protester was killed and dozens of others were injured Wednesday when police intercepted thousands of protesters who were proceeding to the headquarters of the prime minister.


Israel revokes residency of 140,000 Palestinians living in West Bank

Source : Mohammed Mar`i | Arab News
RAMALLAH | 11 May 2011

Israel has revoked the residency of 140,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank when they left to travel abroad in the years after the 1967 War, a report said on Wednesday.

The revelation sparked a furious response from the Palestinian Authority, with government spokesman Ghassan Khatib describing the policy as “illegal and inhumane.”


Yemen jets bomb anti-Saleh tribal areas — tribesmen

Source : Reuters
SANAA | 11 May 2011

Yemeni air force planes on Tuesday bombed rural areas where tribesmen demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh live, the tribesmen said, a sign that violence gripping the fractious state may be escalating.

The planes bombed an area north of the capital Sanaa where tens of thousands of protesters have been rallying daily to demand an end to Saleh’s nearly 33-year rule. At least four tribesmen were wounded in the raid, a resident said.


Uzbek president accuses the West of funding Arab revolts

Source : Richard Orange | The Telegraph
Almaty | 10 May 2011

Uzbekistan's autocratic President has accused the West of funding this year's Arab uprisings to gain access to oil, gas and mineral reserves.


US closer to calling for Assad to go

Source : Associated Press
WASHINGTON | 11 May 2011

The US is edging closer to calling for an end to the long rule of the Assad family in Syria. Obama administration officials say the first step would be to declare for the first time that President Bashar Assad has forfeited his legitimacy to rule.

That would be a shift from US statements demanding that Assad stop a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Those stopped short of saying he had to go.


Semantics-based Arabic grammar developed

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 10 May 2011

An Indian academic has developed a new Arabic grammar based on word meanings with the support of a research scholar. He believes it would make Arabic learning much easier, especially for non-Arabs.


Encyclopedia of Islam launched in Dammam

Source : Faisal Aboobacker Ponnani | Saudi Gazette
Dammam | 10 May 2011

A two-volume compendium on Islam entitles “An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam”, edited by Syed Iqbal Zaheer, was launched in the Eastern Province in a gathering at the Marhaba hotel, Thursday. Syed Iqbal Zaheer is an Islamic scholar hailing from Bangaluru, India and working as an Engineer in Dhahran.


Fake Zamzam water sale thriving along highways

Source : Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News
MAKKAH | 09 May 2011

A large number of illegal foreigners and some Saudi citizens have made selling fake Zamzam water a lucrative profession. They mix the holy water with ordinary water and sell the mixture as pure Zamzam water.


Iran doing final pre-start tests at nuclear plant

Source : Reuters
TEHRAN | 09 May 2011

Iran is conducting final tests at its first nuclear power plant and it is expected to start generating electricity in the next two months, Iranian media said on Monday.

Meant to be the first of a network of nuclear power stations Iran says it is planning, the Russian-built Bushehr complex has missed deadline after deadline to come on stream, most recently fuel had to be removed and checked for technical problems.


Israeli forces continue arrest campaign in Palestinian territories

Source : Mohammed Mar`i | Arab News
RAMALLAH | 10 May 2011

Israeli forces continued their arrest campaigns in the Palestinian territories on Monday.

Palestinian security sources said that Israeli forces operating in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, to the east of Bethlehem, arrested three members of a Palestinian family. They also arrested a Palestinian teenager Abdulhamid Ja’afreh in the town of Tarqoumya, to the west of Hebron.


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