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1001 Inventions declared in UK best touring exhibition

Source | Arab News
JEDDAH | 23 May 2011

The internationally renowned “1001 Inventions” exhibition, which is touring the world in partnership with ALJ Community Initiatives (ALJCI), was crowned Best Touring Exhibition of the year at the annual Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in London on May 11.


EU imposes sanctions on Syrian ruler

Source : Justyna Pawlak | Reuters
BRUSSELS | 24 May 2011

The European Union imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and other senior officials on Monday, raising pressure on his government to end weeks of violence against protesters.

EU foreign ministers agreed at a meeting in Brussels to expand restrictions against Syria by adding Assad and nine other senior members of the government to a list of those banned from traveling to the EU and subject to asset freezes.


Turkey meets Libyan rebels, tells Qaddafi to quit

Source : Reuters
ANKARA | 23 May 2011

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi should quit in order to allow a peaceful transition of power, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday, standing alongside the head of Libya’s revolutionary movement.

A major Muslim partner in NATO, Turkey earlier this month proposed a timetable for a cease-fire that could allow a political transition to take place.


Palestinians to proceed with UN recognition bid

Source : Karin Laub | AP
RAMALLAH : West Bank | 21 May 2011

Senior Palestinian officials say that negotiations with Israel have become pointless after Israel’s prime minister rejected President Barack Obama’s call to base Mideast border talks on the pre-1967 war lines.


Foreign Umrah pilgrims expected to cross 4 million mark

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 21 May 2011

The number of foreign pilgrims coming to the Kingdom for Umrah is increasing year after year and is expected to reach four million next year, said Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy on Saturday while meeting with Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.

Al-Farsy said Prince Khaled, who is chairman of the Central Haj Committee, urged Haj-related institutions and top officials of Tawafa organizations who attended the meeting to provide the best possible services to pilgrims.


$4 billion Saudi aid for Egypt

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 21 May 2011

Saudi Arabia has pledged $4 billion in aid to Egypt, the chief of Egypt's ruling military council said Saturday. The aid will be in the form of soft loans, deposits and grants, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the council, was quoted by Egypt's MENA news agency as saying. The agency did not provide a time frame or other details.


GCC suspends mediation in Yemen after Saleh refuses to sign deal

Source : Saeed Al-Batati | Arab News
SANAA | 22 May 2011

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a GCC-brokered power transition deal for the third time Sunday, prompting the Gulf political bloc to suspend mediation in Yemen.


18 killed in series of blasts across Iraq

Source : Rebecca Santana | AP
BAGHDAD | 23 May 2011

A rapid-fire series of explosions in and around Baghdad killed 18 people Sunday, including 12 people who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police officers, officials said.

In total, at least 12 bombs exploded as Iraqis were headed to work in a reminder of the dangers Iraq still faces despite a drop in violence since the height of the war.


Bulgarian racists attack praying Muslims in Sofia

Source : Agencies
Sofia | 20 May 2011

Racist Ataka Party sympathizers attacked Muslims during prayers when they reciting their ordinary Friday sermon in Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Attack came when Muslim prayers reciting Friday sermon in the Khatip Mosque in Bulgarian capital.


NATO ‘confident Qaddafi rule will collapse’

Source : Joseph Logan | Reuters
TRIPOLI | 19 May 2011

The head of the NATO military alliance said on Thursday that military and political pressure were weakening Muammar Qaddafi’s hold on power in Libya and would eventually topple him.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivered his message as Libya’s government denied persistent rumors that Qaddafi’s wife, daughter and top oil official had left the country.


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