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Arab League body wants to suspend Syria, Yemen membership

Source : Reuters | Cairo / 20 Sept 2011

A Arab parliamentary body called on Tuesday for suspending the membership of Syria and Yemen in the Arab League to put pressure on the two countries to heed popular demands for reforms.

An Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sept. 13 had called for "immediate change" in Syria and an end to a crackdown on protesters demanding that President Bashar al-Assad step down.

 

Killing of Afghan leader endangers peace process

By Rahim Faiez | AP / Kabul / 21 Sept 2011

The suicide bomber who killed the head of an Afghan peace council struggling to start meaningful negotiations with the Taliban delivered a potentially fatal blow to the efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan.

 

Toll of Arab Spring on Mideast economies grows

By David Rosenberg | The Media Line | Dubai / 20 Sept 2011

The cost of Arab Spring turmoil to the economies of the Middle East and North Africa continues to rise while the gains from higher oil prices are diminishing, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday as it lowered its forecast for gross domestic product growth in 2011 and 2012.

 

Takfir conference held in Madinah

By Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News | Madinah / 20 Sept 2011

Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif opened an international conference on "The Phenomenon of Takfir (branding opponents as infidels)...Reasons, Impact and Treatment" here on Tuesday.

Earlier on arrival at the conference venue, Prince Naif was greeted by Prince Saud bin Naif, adviser to Prince Naif and assistant interior minister for general affairs, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed, governor of Madinah, and other senior officials.

 

France slams UN silence over Syria

By News Agencies | New York / 20 Sept 2011

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe accused the Syrian regime Monday of “crimes against humanity” and slammed the UN Security Council for failing to take a strong stand on the unrest.

“Crimes against humanity are committed in Syria. The silence of the Security Council is unacceptable,” Juppe told the Council on Foreign Relations, at a talk held on the sidelines of a week of UN summits.

 

Carter against US veto on Palestine statehood

By Barbara Ferguson | Arab News / Washington / 20 Sept 2011

Former US President Jimmy Carter has called on Washington not to veto a Palestinian application for the UN recognition of their state in the Security Council.

Carter, the first American president to call for the creation of a Palestinian “homeland” in 1977, brokered the landmark Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1988.

 

GCC railway project to go ahead

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News | Riyadh / 20 Sept 2011

The Council of Ministers on Monday gave the go-ahead to implement the $25 billion Gulf Cooperation Council railway project, which aims to link the six GCC countries through a 2,117-km railway network.

“The Cabinet approved a request from the Transport Ministry to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said.

 

Nuclear US threat to world: Iran

By Reuters | Vienna / 20 Sept 2011

The United States and Iran traded accusations at a meeting of the UN atomic agency on Monday, underlining the deep deadlock between the two adversaries in a long-running dispute over the Islamic state’s nuclear program.

In speeches to the annual member state gathering of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian nuclear energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and US Energy Secretary Steven Chu took aim at the policies of their respective countries.

 

Turkey to freeze EU ties if Cyprus gets EU presidency

By Jonathon Burch | Reuters | Ankara / 18 Sept 2011

EU-candidate Turkey will freeze relations with the European Union if Cyprus is given the EU presidency in 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Anatolian late on Saturday.

The comments could signal a new low point in ties between the European Union and Turkey which began accession talks to the bloc in 2005.

 

Blood flows in the streets of Sanaa

By News Agencies | Sanaa / 18 Sept 2011

Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding 342, witnesses said.

 
 

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