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                                                                                                           Consumers will be required to produce identification

US lawmakers crack down on prepaid cells
NEW YORK, June 8, (AP): Alarmed by the use               Prepaid phones can be a lifeline for people       linked to suspected terror activity — including         “If law enforcement has a legitimate need to          Tien also noted that many people, especially          “We are living in a time when unfortunately
of hard-to-track prepaid cell phones by terror        with limited incomes or poor credit, allowing        that by Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American       surveil, let them surveil,” Schumer told The          younger ones, regularly swap phones and SIM           our public safety rquires small gives by every-
suspects, two US senators have introduced leg-        them to purchase a device and a limited amount       accused of plotting to bomb Times Square. Law        Associated Press, adding, “you can make sure          cards and buy used cell phones, further blurring      one,” Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said.
islation requiring consumers to produce identifi-     of calling time without commiting to a costly        enforcement officials said Shahzad had used a        privacy is protected.”                                the identity of the phones’ users and owners.            Still, Jack Cloonan, a former FBI special
cation before buying such phones.                     contract. Phone companies sold $16 billion           prepaid cell phone to purchase a car in which to        That’s not a view necessarily shared by civil         “For a variety of reasons, this doesn’t sound      agent and counterterrorism specialist, said the
   The bill has been praised by law enforcement       worth of prepaid cell phones last year, and the      hide the bomb and to communicate with co-            liberties groups and other advocates of digital       like a `get off the ground’ kind of idea,” he said.   legislation would not prevent terror plotters
and has bipartisan support, even as civil liberties   devices are hugely popular in both the US and        conspirators in Pakistan.                            privacy, who say they have both legal and prac-          Schumer disagreed, saying the identity of          from getting access to the communication tools
groups have raised privacy concerns and some          countries around the world.                             A handful of states and several countries         tical objections.                                     prepaid cell purchasers would be kept private by      they need.
terror experts say it won’t deter bad behavior.          But since the phones can be purchased             require registration to purchase a prepaid cell         “The Supreme Court has always upheld the           phone companies in the same way the identities           “The bottom line is the terrorists, whether
   Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, and John                anonymously and are thrown away after use,           phone. In an interview, Schumer said the             principle that you have the right to speak anony-     of regular cell and landline phone owners are         they’re the Pakistani Taliban or whether they’re
Cornyn, a Republican, are hoping to schedule          they’ve long been a favored tool of drug dealers,    Shahzad case, combined with the growing use          mously — that the decision to identify yourself       protected.                                            closely aligned with al-Qaida, use technology to
hearings on the bill through the Judiciary            gang members and even white-collar criminals         of prepaid cell phones in criminal cases, had        as a speaker is an aspect of speech itself,” said        So far, no major phone company has object-         their advantage,” Cloonan said. “They try to
Committee. Schumer has urged Attorney                 looking to cover their tracks.                       persuaded him that federal regulation was need-      Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the            ed to the legislation and some say they fully         stay ahead of us and we’re always playing catch
General Eric Holder to back the measure.                 In recent years, such phones also have been       ed.                                                  Electronic Frontier Foundation.                       embrace it.                                           up.”

                                                      interpellation requests against the premier                                                                                                                                                                           which US Defence Secretary Robert Gates
With Saudis in                                        and ministers in the future as the bloc will                                                                                                                                                                          said would happen “very soon”.
                                                      never tolerate the government’s misdeeds.                                                                                                                                                                                “I’m optimistic a resolution will be passed
                   Continued from Page 1                 On the other hand, Al-Barrak lamented it is                                                                                                                                                                        very soon,” Gates told a press conference in
                                                      disheartening to see everything being dis-                                                                                                                                                                            London.
misdeeds. Although his achievements remain            cussed behind closed doors, particularly                                                                                                                                                                                 The UN Security Council was to hold
a source of pride for the Kingdom, as well as         issues on expenditures, cheques, weapons,                                                                                                                                                                             new closed-door consultations Tuesday on
the Muslim and Arab worlds, he still regards          aircraft and national security. He stressed the                                                                                                                                                                       the new sanctions after its 15 members
it as part of his responsibilities. He is a firm      need to hold the grilling in an open session                                                                                                                                                                          failed to reach a consensus on a meeting on
believer in the Holy Quran, which states that         for the Umm Al-Haiman residents to hear the                                                                                                                                                                           Monday.
human beings should work for God, the Holy            steps taken by the government to address                                                                                                                                                                                 The council’s five permanent members —
Prophet (PBUH) and worshippers must bear              their problem. He stressed the bloc will not                                                                                                                                                                          Britain, France, China, Russia and the United
witness to the power of the Almighty. This is         stop presenting grilling requests until their                                                                                                                                                                         States — are co-sponsoring the sanctions
why it is extremely difficult to talk about a         demands are met.                                                                                                                                                                                                      draft and believe they have the votes to secure
man like King Abdullah as he does not want               Al-Tahous added he was hoping for an                                                                                                                                                                               its passage.
publicity.                                            open session as he wants the public to see the
   The directives of the Custodian of the Two         evidence he intended to present, but since a
Holy Mosques to state officials are concise
and meaningful, leaving no room for forget-
                                                      majority in the Parliament agreed on a closed                                                                                                                                                                         Twelve Americans
                                                      door discussion he opted to walk out. He
fulness or delay. The effect of close monitor-
ing is reflected in changes made to the Saudi
                                                      denounced the government for its negligence,                                                                                                                                                                                             Continued from Page 1
                                                      which poses a grave threat to the health of the                                                                                                                                                                       a 24-year-old French man who travelled to
administration over the last few years. The
fifth anniversary of the pledge of allegiance         residents in Umm Al-Haiman.                                                                                                                                                                                           Yemen in October from Egypt to study
to King Abdullah has placed us — the media               Al-Barrak told reporters that the deputies                                                                                                                                                                         Arabic, even though he was fluent in the lan-
outlets which monitor every activity in Saudi         withdrew from the session because of the                                                                                                                                                                              guage.
Arabia — in front of a virtuous man. The              decision to hide important information from                                                                                                                                                                              In Washington, State Department
Gulf and Arab nationals regard him as a king          the Kuwaiti people.                                                                                                                                                                                                   spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters
with laudable initiatives.                               “Our demand is to have an open discussion                                                                                                                                                                          Yemeni authorities had 12 US citizens in cus-
   We all witnessed how he held himself               in the parliament chamber” to allow the                                                                                                                                                                               tody but declined to provide further informa-
accountable during the Economic Summit in             Kuwaiti people to hear the truth, Barrak said.                                                                                                                                                                        tion about them.
Kuwait last year when he publicly said, “We           “All we want is for the residents in that area                                                                                                                                                                           Asked if the United States had provided
are all wrongdoers”. His initiative has               to breathe clean air.”                                                                                                                                                                                                information that led to the detention of the 12
become the foundation of a new era for                   He announced that the Popular Action Bloc                                                                                                                                                                          US citizens, Crowley replied: “We have ...
Arabs, so the region has been reaping the             group headed by Al-Saadoun will demand to                                                                                                                                                                             great cooperation with the government of
fruits of his labor as manifested in its stabili-     grill the premier once again over the same                                                                                                                                                                            Yemen.”
ty. We all remember his distinguished state-          issue, but he did not give a date.                                                                                                                                                                                       “Together, we are doing our best to help
ment to the GCC leaders. This statement led              Tahoos had repeatedly warned that he                                                                                                                                                                               Yemen ... reduce the threat posed by al-Qaeda
to the normalization of ties between Bahrain          would grill the prime minister if the govern-                                                                                                                                                                         in the Arabian Peninsula. That’s a threat to
                                                      ment did not shut several polluting industrial       This imaginary image, illustrated by Akihiro Ikeshita and released from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows Japan’s                                  Yemen. It’s a threat to the United States. But
and Qatar. Above all, he has doused tensions                                                               space probe ‘Hayabusa’ (Falcon) and an asteroid, called Itokawa in space. The Hayabusa, the first spacecraft to bring home raw
— too numerous to mention here.                       facilities.                                                                                                                                                                                                           beyond that, I’m not going to talk about
                                                         He later told a news conference that the          material from an asteroid, is to release a canister expected to contain asteroid dust near the Earth. The capsule is to make a para-
   This great man has successfully construct-                                                                                                    chute landing on June 13 in the Australian outback. (AFP)                                                                  specifics,” he said.
ed a bridge of love between Saudi Arabia and          government asked for a secret debate because
other nations in the Gulf and the entire Arab         “it wants to protect highly influential people”
world. Arab, Gulf and Saudi nationals cannot          who own the plants that cause the pollution.                                                                                                                                                                          UK English test
ignore this achievement as we commemorate                Residents of the Ali Sabah Al-Salem area,
                                                      55 kilometers (35 miles) south of Kuwait
                                                                                                                                        Japan’s canister due to land before midnight on Sunday
this remarkable occasion. He has initiated                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Continued from Page 1
several relief operations for the Arab, Gulf          City, have often complained that excessive
and Saudi nationals, including the separation
of Siamese twins and many other charity
activities in the region.
                                                      pollution from oil and chemical facilities in
                                                      the area pose a serious health hazard.
                                                         According to Tahoos, a 1994 government
                                                                                                               Scientists hope probe will return space dust                                                                                                                    New Prime Minister David Cameron made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tightening up Britain’s immigration rules a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            key campaign pledge ahead of the May 6
   We join the Saudis in celebrating the fifth        report called on the government not construct            SYDNEY, June 8, (AFP): Scientists hope            and Earth again aligned.                            rights to it for the first year, he said anyone        elections, after which his Conservative Party
anniversary of the pledge of allegiance to            the town because of high pollution, but the              that a battered Japanese probe which                 But NASA scientist Michael Zolensky              the world over would be entitled to study it           forged a coalition with the centrist Liberal
King Abdullah. We will always remember his            government ignored the report and began                  touched down on an asteroid will bring back       said he was confident that the car-sized            after that.                                            Democrats.
determination to leave an indelible mark in           construction work in 1998.                               a big enough sample to provide valuable           probe would send back enough of a sam-                 Any dust that was recovered from the                   The new requirement will apply to spous-
the history of governance. Everybody attests             The lawmaker claimed that out of 156                  insights into outer space, NASA said              ple to provide researchers with valuable            potato-shaped Itokawa, which is 2.9 billion            es, civil partnerships, unmarried couples,
to his remarkable achievements through                chemical and industrial plants around the                Tuesday.                                          clues on how the solar system has devel-            kilometres from Earth, could also furnish              same sex partners and fiances, and will be
expressions of support and commendations,             area, 17 of them are operating without a                    A canister containing asteroid dust eject-     oped.                                               valuable information about potential aster-            compulsory for people applying from within
especially among Saudis, Arabs and Muslims.           licence and many of the others have been                 ed from the Hayabusa, or Falcon, is due to           “It probably is going to return less than a      oid impacts with Earth.                                Britain, as well as visa applicants from
The fifth anniversary of the pledge of alle-          asked to comply by the law.                              land in Australia’s remote desert outback         gram of sample, at the most a couple of                “If you want to mitigate that hazard you            abroad.
giance to the Custodian of the Two Holy                  The government said it has repeatedly cau-            just before midnight on Sunday, ending a          grams, possibly much less than that,”               have to know about the physical properties
Mosques ushers in a new era for Saudis,               tioned factories with high toxic emissions and           seven-year, 5 billion kms (3 billion miles)       Zolensky told reporters in Australia.               of asteroids, what they are made of, so they
Arabs and Muslims.                                    sometimes shut them temporarily, but the pol-            odyssey to a distant space rock.                     “Even if the sampler did not work ... as it      are important for that reason as well,” he
                Email:           lution has persisted.
                                                         Almost all the oil facilities and the chemi-
                                                                                                                  Australian authorities have been tracking
                                                                                                               the Hayabusa since its launch in May 2003
                                                                                                                                                                 was planned to do, there is good reason to
                                                                                                                                                                 expect that just the process of landing on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hayabusa’s engines are broken, its posi-
                                                      cal and industrial plants, which emit highly             and will help Japan’s space agency, JAXA,         asteroid would have coated the inside of the        tional adjusters are wonky and its batteries
Day by Day                                            toxic gases, lie to the north of the residential
                                                      area, in a country where wind blows south-
                                                                                                               recover the canister from its touchdown site
                                                                                                               in an off-limits military rocket-testing
                                                                                                                                                                 spacecraft with dust,” he added.
                                                                                                                                                                    “When we open it up, I think it is not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     are faulty. After launching the dust-bearing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     canister, it will be incinerated as it smashes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PARIS: A teenage boy damaged his eyes while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            playing with a handheld laser pointer that he had
                                                      ward for most of the year.                               range.                                            going to be empty.”                                 into the atmosphere.                                   bought over the Internet, according to a case
                    Continued from Page 1                Following is the breakdown of votes on the               Hayabusa’s mission was beset with tech-           Even a “microscopic grain” of an aster-             The spacecraft has attracted a cult fol-            reported on Wednesday by the British Medical
wanted a closed-door grilling to conceal the          request of the government to hold a closed               nical troubles. It lost communication with        oid could be divided with a diamond knife           lowing in Japan, where a computer-graphics             Journal (BMJ).
facts.                                                door session:                                            Earth for seven weeks, delaying its return        into 100 samples or more, Zolenky said.             movie about it has drawn some 150,000 vis-                The lad suffered dark spots, known as central
   The lawmaker’s argument was absurd                                    In favor                              for three years until the asteroid, Itokawa,         Though Japan would have exclusive                itors to planetariums across the nation.               scotomas, and loss of image sharpness after
because everybody knows there is no secret                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shining the green diode laser beam into his eyes,
in Kuwait. With the advent of the Internet,             Saadoun Hammad, Mohammed Huwailah,                                                                                                                                                                                  a trio of specialists from the Royal Liverpool
details of any closed door discussion are pub-        Khalid Al-Adwah, Hussein Al-Qallaf,                                                                                                                                                                                   University Hospital and Manchester Royal Eye
lished on various websites even before the            Hussein Mezyed, Hussein Al-Huraiti, Dulaihi                                                                                                                                                                           Hospital concluded. (AFP)
                                                      Al-Hajri, Rola Dashti, Saad Zunaifir, Saad                             Blockade                           chief Ban Ki-moon insisted on Tuesday.                   Security sources said this week Egypt
end of the session. Therefore, Al-Tahous’ jus-                                                                                                                     Ban’s view is that “credible international         would keep its Rafah border open indefinite-                           ❑      ❑     ❑
tification was illogical as he himself would          Khanfour, Salwa Al-Jassar, Shuaib Al-                   The UN humanitarian chief on Tuesday
                                                      Muwaizri, Saleh Ashour, Ali Al-Rashed,               said Israel needs to be persuaded to ease its        involvement is crucial to a prompt, credible,         ly, barring security threats, a move seen as an       WASHINGTON: For those who don’t have mil-
have disclosed details of the closed-door ses-                                                                                                                  impartial and transparent investigation” of the       attempt to deflect criticism of its role in the       lions to pay to become a space tourist, Nasa has
sion through his mobile phone.                        Ghanem Al-Mai’e, Faisal Duwaisan ,                   blockade of the Gaza Strip, calling it “inflam-
                                                      Mubarak Khurainej, Khalid Al- Azmi,                  matory” in the wake of last week’s deadly            deadly May 31 raid on an aid flotilla, UN             blockade imposed by Israel in 2007.                   rolled out a quirky souvenir that lets you to send
   Some MPs often make such lame excuses                                                                                                                        spokesman Farhan Haq told journalists.                   Five pro-Palestinian activists arrested by         your face (your picture and name, that is) blast-
to project a positive image in front of the vot-      Maasouma Al-Mubarak, Naji Al-Abdulhadi,              commando raid on an aid flotilla.                                                                                                                                ing into space.
                                                      Yousuf Al-Zalzalah, Jassem Al-Khorafi and               “We cannot make Israel do that ... we have           Asked about reports that Israel has rejected       Israeli forces after attempting to break the
ers. Apparently, they are oblivious to the fact                                                                                                                 an international inquiry into the incident that       blockade of Gaza said Monday on their return             To catch a ride (almost) on a rocket, all you
that most citizens are now fed up with the            Adnan Al-Mutawwa.                                    to persuade Israel that it’s in her interest,”                                                                                                                   have to do is head to,
                                                                                                           John Holmes told the Australian Associated           left nine Turkish pro-Palestinian militants           to Dublin they were determined to try again.
frivolous acts of their elected representatives.                          Against                                                                               dead, Haq said: “We have not yet heard an                                                                   upload your photo and choose which of the last
   Kuwaitis have outrightly rejected the dete-          Aseel Al-Awadhi, Saifi Mubarak Al-Saifi,           Press during a visit to the capital, Canberra,                                                                                  Hamas                            two shuttle missions will carry around what is
                                                                                                           for a meeting of donors.                             official response.”                                      The Palestinian Hamas movement said
riorating political situation in the country.         Khalid Al-Sultan, Salem Namlan Jamaan Al-                                                                                                                                                                             sure to become a memorable little memento
                                                                                                              He said the 3-year-old blockade “is an               Earlier Tuesday, Israel outlined plans to          Tuesday it was “not opposed” to European              once it is back on Earth. (AFP)
They have also started inquiring into the             Harbash, Faisal Al-Muslim, Waleed Al-                                                                     hold its own limited probes into the raid
causes of this recurrent problem. Forgive us!         Tabtabaei, Falah Al-Sawagh, Marzouq Al-              extra inflammatory aspect of the Middle East                                                               monitoring of Gaza’s Rafah border crossing                              ❑    ❑      ❑
                                                                                                           crisis. The effects it’s having on the popula-       launched to enforce the Jewish state’s block-         with Egypt or Gaza-bound ships.
                              By Zahed Matar          Ghanem, Saleh Al-Mullah, Hassan Jowhar,                                                                   ade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.                                                                          GENEVA: The head of the World Health
                                                      Abdul Rahman Al-Anjari, Abdullah Al                  tion of Gaza ... is devastating. There is a bit of                                                            “We are not opposed to the presence of a
                Email:                                                                a tinderbox there.”                                     The probes will look exclusively into the          European monitoring body at the Rafah                 Organization on Tuesday defended the agency’s
                                                      Roumi, Adnan AbdulSamad, Mubarak Al-                                                                      legality of Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza                                                                 handling of the swine flu pandemic, rejecting a
                                                      Waalan, Ali Al-Omair, Daifallah Buramiya,               Gaza has been under an Israeli and                                                                      crossing on the condition that there is no
                                                                                                                                                                and the raid on the aid flotilla, Israeli minister                                                          top medical journal claims that it was marred by
Walkout aborts                                        Mohammed Hayef and Adel al- Sarawi                   Egyptian blockade since Hamas militants
                                                                                                           seized power in a violent takeover of the sea-       without portfolio Benny Begin told public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Israeli interference in this matter,” spokesman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sami Abu Zuhri said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            commercial interests.
                                                                        Abstained                                                                               radio.                                                                                                         “At no time, not for one second, did commer-
                                                                                                           side strip in 2007. Egypt said Monday that it                                                                                EU Checks                           cial interests enter my decision-making,” said
                   Continued from Page 1                Ahmad Al-Saadoun, Musallam Al-Barrak,              will leave its border with the Palestinian terri-       Israel on Tuesday outlined plans to hold its
                                                                                                                                                                own limited probes into its deadly raid on a             Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on        Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, in a
   Speaking to reporters after adjourning the         Ali Al- Deqbasi and Khaled Al-Tahoos                 tory open indefinitely for humanitarian aid                                                                                                                      letter sent to the British Medical Journal, fol-
                                                                                                                                                                Gaza-bound flotilla, defying world pressure           Tuesday gave a cool response to a French call
session, Al-Khorafi admitted that if given a                                                               and restricted travel.                                                                                     for the European Union to take charge of the          lowing the publication’s article. (AFP)
                                                                                                              Arab League Secretary General Amr                 for an international inquiry into the widely
choice he would have preferred holding the
grilling and no-confidence sessions behind
                                                      Kuwait joins 21                                      Moussa affirmed in Cairo Tuesday that the            condemned operation.                                  Rafah border crossing from Egypt into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gaza Strip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ❑     ❑     ❑
closed doors, pointing out that Abdullah Al-                                                               Arab League is serious in its efforts to break          The probes will look exclusively into the                                                                JERUSALEM: Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, consid-
                                                                                                                                                                legality of Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza              Frattini, speaking in Berlin after talks with      ered by many as the world’s foremost authority
Salem Hall is not a football stadium.                                    Continued from Page 1             Israeli blockade on Gaza Strip and that his                                                                his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle,
                                                                                                           planned visit within a few days to Gaza              and the May 31 raid on an aid flotilla that                                                                 on the biblical book of Leviticus, has died. He
   Meanwhile, Minister of Communications              would have condemned it, forcing Turkey to                                                                sought to break it, minister without portfolio        noted that the Palastinian movement Hamas,            was 87.
and State Minister for National Assembly              issue a separate statement.                          comes within these efforts.                                                                                which controls Gaza, had in the past ended
                                                                                                              Moussa said in press statements that the          Benny Begin told public radio on Tuesday.                                                                      Milgrom wrote a three-volume series on
Affairs Dr Mohammad Al-Busairi contended                 Israel says its soldiers acted in self-defense                                                                                                               EU checks carried out at the border.                  Leviticus, interpreting Jewish dietary and purifi-
the premier’s willingness to stand on the             in May 31 and began shooting only after a            inter-Palestinian reconciliation file will be                             Killed
                                                                                                           disscussed during his visit to Gaza. Moussa             The bodies of two Palestinians killed by                           Also:                                 cation rituals as well as the Bible’s position on
grilling podium twice in the current legisla-         mob of activists attacked them after the com-                                                                                                                   BEIRUT: Lebanese activists called Tuesday             homosexuality. He concluded the ban on homo-
tive round only proves his commitment to              mandos boarded the ship.                             said that the Arab League contemplated send-         Israeli fire in the seas off Gaza washed ashore                                                             sexuality applies only to Jewish men. (AP)
                                                                                                           ing aid to Gaza Strip, and that Arab convoys         on Tuesday, bringing to six the total number          for a boycott of British rock band Placebo on
democracy. He affirmed the government’s                                     Raid                                                                                                                                      the eve of its Lebanon gig for performing in                            ❑     ❑     ❑
request for a closed door session is not new as                                                            of relief existed and were ready for that pur-       of alleged militants killed by the navy in a
                                                         Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin             pose. On the timing of his visit, he said it fell    raid off the coast.                                   Israel in the wake of the deadly raid on a            CAIRO: Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox pope on
it had previously taken a similar step. He            said Tuesday his country would raise the con-                                                                                                                   Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
                                                                                                           within the framework of solidarity with the             The bodies of two men in their 20s who                                                                   Tuesday urged a high court to review its deci-
went on to say the grilling of Sheikh Nasser is       troversial issue of who should investigate                                                                                                                         “You are not welcome in Lebanon,”                  sion to allow Coptic Christians to remarry fol-
not a solution to the problem in Umm Al-                                                                   besieged Palestinians in Gaza.                       had each been shot in the head washed ashore
                                                      Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla at                           Goods                            and were collected by local medics, the head          Lebanese writer and editor Samah Idriss said          lowing divorce, which is forbidden by the
Haiman, confirming the government has                 the United Nations.                                                                                                                                             at a news conference jointly held by five non-        church.
taken the required measures to address the                                                                    An Israeli rights group on Tuesday said the       of Gaza emergency services, Muawiya
                                                         “Unfortunately, this act happened in inter-                                                            Hassanein, said.                                      governmental organisations on the eve of the             “The decision must be reviewed, otherwise it
issue.                                                national waters, which is another source for         military is still preventing basic goods like                                                              concert in Beirut.                                    would mean that Copts have been suffering and
   Al-Busari hopes the opposition MPs will                                                                 vinegar, coriander and toys from entering               On Monday, Israel attacked a boat carrying                                                               we are putting pressure on them through reli-
                                                      concern,” Putin said during a press confer-                                                               what it said was “a squad of terrorists wearing
respect the democratic process in accordance          ence on the sidelines of an Istanbul summit          Gaza as part of a crippling embargo on the                                                                                                                       gion,” Pope Shenuda III said. (AFP)
with the Constitution and standing order of           on security in Asia.                                 Hamas-run territory.                                 diving suits on their way to execute a terror
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Iran sanctions                                                        ❑    ❑     ❑
the Parliament.                                          Nine Turks were killed in last week’s                The report by the Gisha Legal Centre for
   In the meantime, the Popular Labor Bloc                                                                 Freedom of Movement marking three years                                    Trial                                                                                 HOUSTON: Court documents say a Texas man
                                                      Israeli raid on a six-vessel international flotil-                                                                                                                                 Continued from Page 1              accused of trying to help al-Qaeda referred to
organized a press conference immediately              la shipping relief supplies to the Gaza Strip        since closures were tightened said Israel per-          Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
                                                                                                           mits just 97 different items to enter, as com-       called Monday on the Israelis who carried out         then sit down to talk with us, such a thing will      members of the terrorist group as his “brothers”
after its members stormed out of the session          which is under an Israeli embargo.                                                                                                                                                                                    and wanted to die fighting alongside them.
hall.                                                    Putin stressed the need for calm and for a        pared to more than 4,000 that entered before         last week’s deadly attack on the Gaza aid             not happen,” Ahmadinejad told a news con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ference here.                                            Barry Walter Bujol was set to be in court
   Al-Saadoun clarified that even prior to the        thorough and comprehensive investigation at          June 2007.                                           flotilla to be brought to justice.                                                                          Tuesday for arraignment on charges he tried to
session, the bloc agreed on walking out of the        the press conference also attended by Turkish           A large Israeli supermarket, by compari-             “The attackers of the humanitarian convoy             “We will talk to everyone if there is respect      help al-Qaeda by trying to supply the terrorist
session in case the Parliament decides to hold        counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.                    son, would be stocked with 10,000 to 15,000          must be judged” for carrying out the “abject          and fairness but if someone wants to talk to us       organization with personnel, currency and other
the session behind closed doors. He affirmed             “We can’t allow a new flame to flare up in        different items, the group said.                     and inhuman act,” he said in an interview             rudely and in a domineering manner the                items. (AP)
Al-Tahous and the bloc have documents to              the Middle East.” Putin added: “This is why             Israel has said the closures imposed in June      with French television TF1.                           response is known already,” added the Iranian                          ❑     ❑     ❑
prove that the government is responsible for          (the incident) must be specifically investigat-      2006 and tightened after Hamas violently                Israel sparked international outrage when          leader, who is in Turkey for the summit of an
the deteriorating environmental situation in          ed.”                                                 seized power a year later are needed to con-         its commandos attacked the fleet of aid ships         Asian security grouping.                              WASHINGTON: One American and five
                                                                                                           tain the Islamist group and that the humani-         bound for Gaza and killed nine people.                   A Turkish diplomat told AFP on condition           Iranians have been charged with helping Iran
Umm Al-Haiman as it has failed to imple-                 “We will raise the issue at the United                                                                                                                                                                             acquire satellite technology that allowed Tehran
ment the law but this should be discussed in          Nations, we’re working at it,” said Putin, who       tarian needs of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents                         Brotherhood                           of anonymity that Ankara was trying to per-
                                                                                                           are being met.                                                                                                                                                   to launch a camera-equipped satellite in 2005,
an open session for all the citizens to see the       discussed the raid with Erdogan “in detail”.                                                                Egypt allowed lawmakers from the Muslim             suade Iran not to abandon talks if sanctions          justice officials said Tuesday.
evidence.                                                Putin said the “tragic incident with the                               Probe                           Brotherhood and other opposition groups to            were imposed.                                            The six are accused of creating a front com-
   Al-Saadoun asserted the bloc can use other         humanitarian flotilla for the Gaza strip, the          The international community must be                enter the blockaded Gaza Strip on Tuesday,               In Moscow, a high-ranking Russian official         pany to circumvent restrictions on providing
means to reveal the truth to the people. He           loss of peaceful civilians has caused a new          given a “credible” role in Israel’s probe of its     but barred construction material contained in         said the latest sanctions had been fully agreed       “satellite hardware and technology” to Iran.
also hinted on the possibility of submitting          exacerbation of the situation.                       deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, UN             an accompanying aid convoy.                           and no problem remained for their adoption,           (AFP)

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