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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
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                                                                                           Republicans concede any debate will be short-lived

Queen’s visit leaves Aussie republic a distant dream
SYDNEY, Oct 11, (RTRS): When                   spired against Australia’s republicans.         ding and we will see it during the royal            “It is completely off the public agen-        Australians met in Sydney to form the         said Day. “The Gillard government has
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth arrives in           And republicans know there is no                visit. There is great affection for the          da,” said Flint. “The republican politi-         Australian Republican Movement. On a          its back to the wall and it appears the vot-
Australia next week, protocol says she         appetite to put the issue back on the           queen,” said Professor David Flint, head         cians say they want a plebiscite. They           wet and miserable night in Sydney in          ers have stopped listening.”
should be addressed as Queen of                national agenda.                                of Australians for Constitutional                won’t get it.”                                   July, many of the same people held a 20th         Australia’s royal love affair
Australia — something that will grate             An opinion poll this week revealed           Monarchy (ACM).                                     If opinion polls are correct, then            anniversary dinner.
with republicans who want to sever ties        support for the monarchy had risen to 55           After their 1999 defeat, republicans          Gillard will be ousted at the next election         It was a “sodden night when only fools         During Queen Elizabeth’s 1963
with Britain and appoint an Australian         percent of the population, while support        thought they were given a second chance          in 2013 in favour of conservative opposi-        and fanatics would venture out, 150 rust-     Australian royal tour, then Prime
president.                                     for a republic was at its lowest level in 23    when Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd             tion leader Tony Abbott, a staunch               ed-on believers in an Australian republic     Minister Sir Robert Menzies said: “I did
   The royal tour, possibly the queen’s        years at 34 percent.                            was elected in 2007, promising another           monarchist. If that is the case, the earliest    gathered for an evening of warm reminis-      but see her passing by, and yet I love her
last to Australia given her 85 years and          “Politicians on both sides say they          plebiscite on a republic.                        republicans can expect another vote              cence”, founding member Mark Day              till I die.”
the long distance from Buckingham              believe in a republic but none of them is          But Rudd was toppled in a 2010 party          would be after the 2016 election, and            wrote of the event.                               For most, Queen Elizabeth is the only
Palace, will reignite debate on whether        confident of its electoral appeal to bring it   room coup by current Labor Prime                 only if a republican is prime minister.             “But the warmth could not hide the         monarch they have known and the emo-
the nation should become a republic.           forward,” said Mike Keating, chairman           Minister Julia Gillard, and although a                                                            bleak reality. We held a party, few came      tional connection resonates with many,
   Australia is a constitutional monarchy,     of the Australian Republic Movement.            republican, she heads a minority govern-                Republicans-in-waiting                    and fewer noticed,” said Day.                 especially older, Australians.
with the British monarch its head of state        “It makes me feel personally, and the        ment struggling to survive and has no               Australians have fought alongside                Day recalled the black humour talk of          Monarchist Jai Martinkovits, 24, says
who acts in predominately a ceremonial         republican movement generally, a bit            desire to raise the divisive republican issue.   Britain in every major war, but there has        treason and sedition when the movement        many young Australians also have a soft
manner but has the power to approve the        despondent about the state of Australian           Gillard, like many republicans, now           always been an anti-British streak run-          was formed, the optimism in the 1990s         spot for the queen, just like they would
abolition of parliament, which happened        politics.”                                      says Australia will not become a republic        ning through the country.                        that a republic would be formed, and how      their grandmother, and now a growing
in 1975 toppling the then government.             In contrast, Australia’s monarchists,        until Queen Elizabeth dies, such is the             Gold miners staged the failed Eureka          the nation’s “heart was broken” when the      affinity with the young royals, like Prince
   But republicans concede any debate          who defeated a national vote to become a        affection for the queen in Australia.            stockade rebellion against British taxa-         republic vote was lost.                       William, Kate and Harry.
will be short lived and their dream of an      republic in 1999, are giddy with excite-           Keating says “it’s essentially just put-      tion in 1854. During a royal visit in 1868,         “Twenty years on from the original             “The young royals are huge in raising
Australian republic and president will         ment about Queen Elizabeth’s 16th               ting the issue off”, while monarchists say       Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, was         push and a dozen on from the referen-         awareness about what this institution is
remain just that — for many years to           “Down Under” royal tour.                        no future government would dare raise            shot in an assassination attempt as he pic-      dum, when will the time be right to have      and why it is relevant. I think with that
come.                                             “The magic of monarchy still has a           the issue in the wake of a royal funeral or      nicked on Bondi Beach.                           another go? Certainly not now. There is a     will flow further support for the monar-
   Time, politics and apathy have all con-     place and we saw that at the royal wed-         coronation.                                         Twenty years ago, a small band of             toxic mood in public affairs at present,”     chy,” he said.

                                               a strike by a customs union shut ports and                                                                                                                                                      Nobel peace (prize) and we will not
Talks set                                      halted vessel traffic.                                                                                                                                                                          rest...we will not rest until the butcher is
                                                  Kuwait is one of the top five OPEC                                                                                                                                                           tried,” they chanted.
              Continued from Page 1            producers and accounted for about 7.7                                                                                                                                                              Calls by the Yemenis for an interven-
                                               percent of the group’s overall crude out-                                                                                                                                                       tion by the United Nations have increased
   Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister         put in 2010, Reuters data showed.                                                                                                                                                               in the lead-up to UN Yemen envoy Jamal
Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday expressed             “This will be a supportive factor for                                                                                                                                                        Benomar’s report to the Security Council
optimism over the future of relations with     oil, but I don’t think it will be serious                                                                                                                                                       planned for later Tuesday.
Kuwait.                                        because it is still easy to get crude from
   “Kuwait is a friend and both of our         other parts of the world,” Newedge’s
peoples converge. We have always had
good relations and there are opportunities
                                               Hasegawa said.                                                                                                                                                                                  Hint of
                                                  In another development, the govern-
for these relations to improve,” he told       ment of Kuwait categorically rejected
Kuwaiti state radio.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Continued from Page 1
                                               Monday strikes organized by state
   Salehi, who was visiting Kuwait to          employees and their consequent harm of                                                                                                                                                          the United States and Europe.”
attend the Tenth Asian Cooperation             interests of citizens and the country as a                                                                                                                                                         Others noted differences between Arab
Dialogue, added that keenness was              whole, asserting it would not consider                                                                                                                                                          protesters and US protesters, branded by
expressed by both His Highness the Amir        any demand while strikes or threatening                                                                                                                                                         one Republican presidential candidate as
of Kuwait and the Iranian leadership “to       to stage strikes take place.                                                                                                                                                                    “anti-American” and so jealousy-ridden
remove any obstacles that stand in the            The government, meeting under chair-                                                                                                                                                         that they wanted to “take somebody
path of improving these relations.”            manship of His Highness the Prime                                                                                                                                                               else’s ... Cadillac”.
            See Also Page 3                    Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-                                                                                                                                                                “The Arab protests started with
                                               Ahmad Al-Sabah, underscored that any                                                                                                                                                            requests for reform but quickly trans-
                                               demand by the state employees could be                                                                                                                                                          formed into demands for governments to
Oil moves,                                     discussed but through legal channels and                                                                                                                                                        leave, or at least their leaders,” said
                                               dialogue.                                                                                                                                                                                       Abdulaziz al-Uwaisheg, columnist in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Saudi daily al-Watan. “The American
              Continued from Page 1               Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               protest is against specific policies ... It did
Mina Saud, otherwise known as Mina Al-         Ali Al-Rashed, in a statement after the
                                               cabinet meeting, said demands by state                                                                                                                                                          not ask to change the government.”
Zour, according to the US Energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spanish media have devoted daily cov-
Information Administration.                    employees would be discussed through
                                               “calm dialogue” which achieved “fair-                                                                                                                                                           erage to Occupy Wall Street, dubbing
   Investors kept a close eye on the strike                                                                                                                                                                                                    participants “Indignados in Manhattan”,
and were watching for any supply disrup-       ness and justice.” The cabinet called on
                                               all government employees to translate the                                                                                                                                                       with left-leaning newspapers saying the
tion from Kuwait, but the physical market                                                                                                                                                                                                      US protesters were inspired by Spain’s
impact was largely muted.                      meaning of belonging to Kuwait and be
                                               responsible through placing higher inter-       Libyan fighters enter the battle zone against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in the city of Sirte on Oct 10, in a drive to                     own disenchanted youth-led grouping.
   Refiners in Asia have not reported any                                                                                      control Gaddafi’s hometown after a month-long siege. (AFP)                                                         “Occupy Wall Street is one more
major delays or disruptions in their ship-     est of the state above any other consider-
                                               ation, he said.                                                                                                                                                                                 branch of a global movement,” said
ments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Veronica Garcia, a 40-year-old lawyer
   Kuwait’s government was headed on a            The cabinet, said Al-Rashed, formed a
                                               team headed by deputy prime minister                                                                                                                                                            involved in the Spanish demonstrations.
collision course with labour unions
Tuesday.                                       and interior minister, and authorized it to                                             Abdulmutallab acting as own lawyer                                                                         While Spain’s “Indignados” have
                                               take all necessary measures to run the                                                                                                                                                          poured much of their anger so far on
   Tensions escalated after the govern-                                                                                                                                                                                                        politicians, Garcia said Saturday’s
                                               country to fill gaps caused by strikes.
ment formed a special team headed by
the interior minister to counter the effects
of the strike and ensure the smooth deliv-
                                                  This team, he explained, could use the
                                               service of whoever it sees suitable either
                                                                                                   Airline attack suspect sought martyrdom                                                                                                     Madrid march was likely to focus more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on bankers.
ery of public services.                        from in or outside Kuwait to carry out              DETROIT, Oct 11, (AP): A young                show jurors where things happened on           in the courtroom.
   The team has been authorised to seek
                                               duties in an appropriate manner.
                                                  The teams will have members from the
                                                                                                   Nigerian allegedly on a terrorist mis-        the plane.                                        Chambers will grill most of the gov-        Chocolate cuts
assistance from within Kuwait and                                                                  sion for al-Qaeda prayed, washed and             Opening statements began after an           ernment’s witnesses and persuaded
                                               custom department, civil service com-               put on perfume moments before trying          unexplained 70-minute recess request-          Abdulmutallab to let him give the
abroad to fulfil its mandate, according to     mission, Kuwait ports authority, Kuwait                                                                                                                                                                        Continued from Page 1
an official statement issued following a                                                           to detonate a bomb in his underwear to        ed by Abdulmutallab and his attorney,          opening defense statement later
                                               Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of                  bring down an international jetliner on       Anthony Chambers, shortly after they           Tuesday. The result is likely to be a             The results add to a growing body of
cabinet meeting.                               defense and national guards.                                                                                                                                                                    evidence linking cocoa consumption to
   In response, Kuwait Labour Unions                                                               Christmas 2009, a prosecutor told             entered the courtroom.                         more focused defense and not a wild
                                                                                                   jurors as the man’s trial opened                 Abdulmutallab, 24, came to court            justification for trying to bring down         heart health, but they aren’t a free pass to
called for an emergency meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                gorge on chocolate.
Wednesday to “form a united front to face
government repression of labour strikes,”
                                               Kuwait officially                                   Tuesday.
                                                                                                      Virtually      everyone      aboard
                                                                                                                                                 wearing a dashiki, an African gown,
                                                                                                                                                 and black skull cap and was silent as he
                                                                                                                                                                                                the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Abdulmutallab has written a few                “Given the observational design of the
                                                                                                   Northwest Airlines Flight 253 had hol-        settled at the defense table.                  court filings in his own hand, including       study, findings of this study cannot prove
according to a statement by the union.                                                                                                                                                                                                         that it’s chocolate that lowers the risk of
   Opposition MPs meanwhile lent their                       Continued from Page 1                 iday plans, but Umar Farouk                      Before the recess, Chambers asked           a request to be judged by Islamic law.
                                                                                                   Abdulmutallab believed his calling            the judge to ban the word “bomb” or            He has at times appeared agitated in           stroke,” said Susanna Larsson from
support to the striking workers and               Meanwhile Kosovo’s foreign minister                                                                                                                                                          Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, in an
warned the government against intimidat-       also says Kuwait has recognized                     was martyrdom, Assistant US Attorney          “explosive” from being used in the trial       court, declaring that Osama bin Laden
                                                                                                   Jonathan Tukel said.                          until final arguments, saying it’s up to       and a radical Muslim cleric recently           email to Reuters Health.
ing those who are demanding their rights.      Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independ-                                                                                                                                                             While she believes chocolate has
   Speaking to reporters Tuesday, opposi-      ence from Serbia.                                      In the plane’s bathroom, “he was           the jury to decide what caused the             killed by the US are alive. He also has
                                                                                                   engaging in rituals. He was preparing         smoke and fire.                                objected to trial testimony from experts       health benefits, she also warned that eat-
tion MP Musallam Al-Barrak warned the             Enver Hoxhaj told The Associated                                                                                                                                                             ing too much of it could be counterpro-
interior minister against using the army       Press by telephone from Kuwait on                   to die and enter heaven,” Tukel said.            “I’m going to deny that motion. ... It      who will talk about al-Qaeda and mar-
                                                                                                   “He purified himself. He washed. He           makes no sense whatsoever,” US                 tyrdom.                                        ductive.
or the national guard to replace the strik-    Tuesday that the decision was timed to                                                                                                                                                             “Chocolate should be consumed in
ing workers.                                   match his visit. He said it also follows a          brushed his teeth. He put on perfume.         District Judge Nancy Edmunds said.                The government’s evidence is
                                                                                                   He was praying and perfuming himself             Edmunds also told Detroit-area              stacked high.                                  moderation as it is high in calories, fat
   Another MP, Ali Al-Deqbasi, said the        visit by senior Kuwaiti officials to                                                                                                                                                            and sugar. As dark chocolate contains
strike was justified.                          Kosovo earlier this week.                           to get ready to die.”                         attorney Kurt Haskell to leave the                Abdulmutallab was badly burned in
                                                                                                      After returning to his seat,               courtroom before opening statements            a plane full of witnesses. The govern-         more cocoa and less sugar than milk
   At a press conference Tuesday, Foreign         Hoxhaj is on a tour of the region that                                                                                                                                                       chocolate, consumption of dark chocolate
Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Sabah              included a stop in the United Arab                  Abdulmutallab pushed a small plunger          began because he could be called as a          ment says he told FBI agents he was
                                                                                                   on the chemical bomb in his under-            defense witness. He was a passenger            working for al Qaeda and directed by           would be more beneficial.”
described the situation as “dangerous”         Emirates; he is also to visit Iraq.
and said the strike must be confronted            Kosovo is majority Muslim, but so far            wear, an action that produced a “pop,”        on Flight 253 and believes the US gov-         Anwar al-Alwaki, a radical, American-                      See Also Page 36
“firmly and decisively.”                       Arab countries have hesitated from rec-             the prosecutor told jurors.                   ernment conspired with Abdulmutallab           born Muslim cleric recently killed by
   “The strike is still on and we will con-    ognizing Kosovo’s independence because                 The bomb didn’t work as planned
                                                                                                   but Abdulmutallab was engulfed in
                                                                                                                                                 to outfit him with a fake bomb.
                                                                                                                                                    Abdulmutallab is acting as his own
                                                                                                                                                                                                the US in Yemen. There are photos of
                                                                                                                                                                                                his scorched shorts as well as video of
tinue until our demands are fully met,”        of Serbia’s lobbying.
Fahhad Al-Ajmi, board member of the               More than 80 countries have recog-               flames, said Tukel, who displayed the         lawyer. But he is relying on Chambers          Abdulmutallab explaining his suicide
                                               nized Kosovo as a state, but Serbia has             flight’s seating chart on a screen to         to handle the minute-by-minute work            mission before departing for the US.                          Continued from Page 1
customs trade union, told AFP.
   Ajmi said that movement at Kuwait’s         vowed to stop it from gaining interna-                                                                                                                                                          and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.
four border exit points with Saudi Arabia      tional recognition.                                                                                                                                                                             Experiments should fall into the broad cate-
and Iraq, three commercial seaports and                                                                                                                                                                                                        gories of physics or biology. (AFP)
                                                                                               erosclerosis and thereby lead to future          pation or incitement.                            on Tuesday as they moved in for the kill                    ❑      ❑      ❑
the only international airport, were                                                           death from cardiovascular diseases,” said                                                         against the strongman’s remaining
“severely affected” and only humanitari-       2 Iranians charged                              Lars Lind, professor at the Department of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 diehards.                                     WASHINGTON: Defying Chinese anger
an cases were allowed.                                                                         Medical Sciences, Uppsala University.               Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans           National Transitional Council (NTC)        and White House warnings, the US Senate
   As many as 1,000 trucks loaded with                       Continued from Page 1                Industrialized nations tend to have the       to create a new constitution, a top ruling       fighters were also gearing for a fresh        was set Tuesday to approve legislation to
fruits, vegetables and other goods                                                             most cases of cardiovascular disease, of         party official said on Tuesday, as China         onslaught on the desert town of Bani          punish China for alleged currency manipu-
“remained stranded at the border posts,”       both originally from Iran — in the crimi-                                                        joined long-time ally Russia in pressing                                                       lation widely blamed here for costing
                                               nal complaint unsealed in federal court in      which hardened arteries is a major cause.                                                         Walid, another remaining bastion of
Ajmi said, adding that only passenger                                                          Risk factors include high fat diets, smok-       for prompt reforms in a country riven by         forces loyal to the ousted dictator.          American jobs.
vehicles were inspected by customs offi-       New York City.                                                                                   a deadly crackdown on anti-regime pro-                                                            The proposal, powered by a tide of US
                                                  Arbabsiar, a naturalized US citizen,         ing, diabetes and high blood pressure.                                                               In Sirte, jubilant NTC combatants cele-
cers.                                                                                                                                           testers.                                                                                       voter frustration at a sour economy and high
                                               was arrested in late September. Shakuri is         Even though many pollutants are now                                                            brated the takeover of the strategic police   unemployment ahead of November 2012
   Kuwait pumps around 2.9 million bar-                                                        regulated or banned worldwide, they can             The death toll, already topping 2,900,        building, which they found to be deserted.
rels per day which generate an income          still at large.                                                                                  according to UN calculations, rose fur-                                                        elections, envisions retaliatory duties on
                                                  The plot was disrupted by the Federal        linger in the environment for decades,                                                               They ransacked the complex and             Chinese exports if the value of the yuan is
that makes up around 94 percent of pub-                                                        said co-author Monica Lind, associate            ther on Tuesday, with a young man shot           destroyed posters of the fugitive Gaddafi     unfairly “misaligned.” (AFP)
lic revenues.                                  Bureau of Investigation and Drug
                                                                                               professor      at   the     Institute   of       dead in the central city of Homs and             that they found inside.
   Ajmi insisted that “oil exports will be     Enforcement Administration.
                                                                                                                                                another man dying of wounds sustained                                                                         ❑       ❑      ❑
                                                  US officials said one overarching            Environmental Medicine at Karolinska                                                                 The building’s rooftop offers a
hit severely within the coming few days
                                               question is whether elements of the             Institutet.                                      there a day earlier, activists said.             panoramic view of the whole city, with        FRANKFURT: Abu Dhabi sovereign
and could lead to a halt in production” if                                                                                                         Mohammed Said Bkheitan, a senior              the seaside 300-400 metres (yards) to the     wealth fund Aabar Investments appeared to
the strike is not resolved.                    Iranian government were behind the plot.                                                                                                                                                        cut its stake in Daimler nearly in half in
                                                                                                                                                official in the ruling Baath party, said
   He claimed that about six to seven oil      Court documents identified Shakuri as a
                                               member of the Quds Force, a branch of
                                                                                               Egypt rulers                                     Assad will “decide within two days the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 north and the massive Ouagadougou con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ference centre, captured on Sunday, sever-    July, dropping just below the 5 percent
tankers have been barred from sailing out                                                                                                       creation of a committee to prepare a new                                                       threshold only to now say that the cause was
                                               the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard                                                                                                           al kms (miles) to the south.                  a legal technicality.
of Kuwait since Monday because cus-                                                                           Continued from Page 1             constitution.”                                      In contrast to Monday, when NTC
                                               Corps.                                                                                                                                                                                             According to a regulatory disclosure by
toms officers refused to give them the            Shakuri approved the plan to try to kill     then broke out between Muslims backing              The committee will complete its work          forces were pounded with rockets and
necessary clearance to leave.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the German carmaker, Aabar informed
                                               the Saudi ambassador during telephone           riot police and soldiers on one side, and        by year end, with the new document               gunfire as they battled Gaddafi loyalists     Daimler earlier on Tuesday that it owned
   Head of the Customs Department,             conversations with Arbabsiar, the com-                                                           requiring a two-thirds approval of the           street by street, they met no resistance on   barely less than 5 percent of the company’s
Ibrahim Al-Ghanem on Monday called                                                             Christians and some Muslims on the
                                               plaint said.                                    other side. Forensic reports showed many         Assad-dominated parliament and then              Tuesday as they edged into the city centre.   stock on July 8. (RTRS)
on workers to end their strike with a                                                                                                           being submitted to a referendum,                    An advance force of about 30 fighters
promise from Finance Minister Mustafa
                                                  In July and August, Arbabsiar paid           of the deaths were caused by armored                                                                                                                           ❑      ❑     ❑
                                               $100,000 to a DEA informant for the             vehicles that ran down protesters, or by         Bkheitan was quoted by the pro-govern-           checked each house as they moved for-
Al-Shamali to meet their demands but the       murder of Saudi ambassador Adel Al-                                                              ment Al-Watan newspaper as saying.               ward from the city’s east, kicking in doors   GENEVA: Actress and UN Goodwill
employees refused.                                                                             gunshots.                                                                                                                                       Ambassador Angelina Jolie was in Libya
                                               Jubeir, court documents said.                      Security officials said at least three sol-      In Beijing, China urged Syria on              and covering each other against possible
   Ajmi said that fresh appeals were made                                                                                                       Tuesday to move faster to implement                                                            on Tuesday for a visit to help agencies
                                                  Arbabsiar was arrested late last month       diers were killed, though it remains                                                              snipers hidden on rooftops.                   bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and
by the minister Monday night but the           at New York’s John F. Kennedy                                                                    reforms, a week after Beijing infuriated            Clothing abandoned by soldiers and
workers again rejected his offer.                                                              unclear how they died.                                                                                                                          Misrata, she said in a statement provided to
                                               International Airport. After his arrest,                                                         the West by blocking a proposed UN               remains of meals were found in some           Reuters.
   “We will not end our strike until the                                                          In the two days since the violence,
                                               court papers said, Arbabsiar confessed to                                                        Security Council resolution against              buildings.                                       “I have come to Libya for a variety of
government issues a clear statement                                                            Christians have grown furious with the           Assad’s deadly crackdown.
                                               authorities.                                    ruling military, hurling a string of accusa-                                                                       Yemen                        reasons, to see a country in transition at
accepting our demands in full,” Ajmi              The men are charged with one count of                                                            “We believe the Syrian government                                                           every level and to witness efforts to fully
said.                                                                                          tions in their direction. The Coptic church      should move faster to honour its reform            Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched
                                               conspiracy to murder a foreign official,        said authorities allow attacks on                                                                                                               realize the promise of the Arab Spring,”
   Meanwhile, Brent crude held near            two counts of foreign travel and use of                                                          pledges and swiftly start to push forward        on the streets of the capital Tuesday,        Jolie said. (RTRS)
$109 on Tuesday on cautious optimism                                                           Christians repeatedly with impunity.                                                              demanding for a second straight day the
                                               interstate and foreign commerce facilities
                                                                                               Muslim perpetrators of sectarian violence
                                                                                                                                                the inclusive political process with the                                                                      ❑     ❑      ❑
that European banks may avert a finan-         in the commission of murder for hire and                                                         broad participation of all parties in            UN Security Council take action against
cial crisis after leaders promised a plan to   one count each of conspiracy to use a           are rarely punished in Egypt, with the           Syria,” foreign ministry spokesman Liu           President Ali Abdullah Saleh.                 DAMASCUS: The exiled political chief of
resolve the region’s debt woes while a                                                         authorities opting instead for “reconcilia-                                                         “This is a message to the world, to the     the Islamist Hamas movement, Khaled
                                               weapon of mass destruction and conspir-                                                          Weimin said. This was the first time that                                                      Meshaal, said in Syria on Tuesday that
strike in OPEC member Kuwait threat-           acy to commit an act of terrorism.              tion” talks in which Christians are pres-        China has veered away from its long-             powerful nations, and to the Security
ened exports.                                                                                  sured to drop their accusations.                                                                  Council...take Saleh and his regime to        Israel would free 1,027 Palestinian prison-
                                                                                                                                                standing policy of non-interference in the                                                     ers, 27 of them women, in exchange for sol-
   World stocks and commodities mar-                                                              The military, on the other hand, issued       affairs of Syria, which has been rocked          court,” the protesters chanted from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               dier Gilad Shalit.
kets rebounded on Monday, buoyed by
the pledge from German and French
                                               Pollutants tied                                 a stern warning that it intended to crack
                                                                                               down hard on future protests. The
                                                                                                                                                by anti-government protests and violence         Sanaa’s Change Square.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Energised by Yemeni activist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Hamas and Israel have reached an
                                                                                                                                                since mid-March.                                                                               agreement under which 1,027 Palestinians,
leaders to come up with a plan by the end                                                      Supreme Council of the Armed Forces                                                               Tawakkul Karman’s Nobel Peace prize           of whom 27 are women, will be freed in two
of the month to tackle Greece’s debt woes                    Continued from Page 1             said it would take the “necessary precau-                           Libya                         win on Friday, protesters warned Saleh        phases,” Meshaal said at a news conference
and recapitalise European banks.                  “These findings indicate that long-          tions to stabilize security” and use the full       Fighters from Libya’s new regime              they would not give up until their            in Damascus broadcast on Arabic-language
   Oil investors were closely watching for     lived organic environmental toxicants           weight of the law to prosecute individuals       seized the police headquarters in the cen-       demands for his departure were met.           television channels, calling the prisoners
any supply disruption from Kuwait after        may be involved in the occurrence of ath-       involved in violence, whether by partici-        tre of Moamer Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte             “Understand this...we have won the          “our heroic detainees.” (AFP)

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