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2005-10-16 19:55:10

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mobilized support among major powers for diplomatic showdowns over the next few weeks with Syria and Iran on a trip that ended on Sunday. Over three days, Rice held talks with the leaders of France, Russia and Britain -- all holders of vetoes at the U.N. Security Council - on how to make the two U.S. foes meet U.N. security demands. In a show of diplomacy that reflected the Bush administration's efforts...

2005-10-14 02:21:07

By Jalil Hamid PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - An Iraqi Sunni leader said on Friday he expected Iraqi voters to reject a new constitution, saying last-minute amendments to the charter still fell short of his expectations. "There will be a 'No'," Industry Minister Usama Abdul Aziz al-Najafi, a Sunni Arab cabinet ministers, told reporters during a visit to Malaysia. "It doesn't represent the aspirations of all Iraqis," he said on the eve of Saturday's referendum on the constitution....

2005-10-06 11:19:53

By Sebastian Alison BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A series of U.S. military strikes in western Iraq will continue at least until December to try to stop insurgents entering from Syria before a general election, the top U.S. army spokesman in Iraq said on Thursday. "We're going to fight our way to the referendum, and we're going to fight our way to the election," Major General Rick Lynch told a news conference, referring to an October 15 referendum on a new Iraqi constitution and the December...

2005-09-03 07:40:49

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian security forces have killed five militants in a clash in central Syria with an Islamist group plotting "terrorist" attacks, the official SANA news agency said on Saturday. "The anti-terror squad raided on Friday evening a hideout of a terrorist group belonging to Jund al-Sham in the Hama governorate," it said, quoting an Interior Ministry source. "A clash took place and resulted in the killing of all five members of the group," while two Syrian security...

2005-08-22 14:25:00

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of the committee drafting Iraq's constitution said he had a completed final text of the charter and was presenting it to parliament on Monday. Forty minutes before a midnight deadline, Human Hamoudi told Reuters as he entered the chamber that had the completed draft in his hand: "It's finished," he said. Other delegates said there would be no further negotiations, despite last-minute demands from the Sunni Arab minority, which said it would campaign against the...

2005-08-09 18:50:00

While much of the world has focused on the war in Iraq, a group of wetland ecologists has been busy collecting data on the Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq. Formerly the largest wetland in Southwest Asia, the marshes are home to the native Ma'dan marsh dwellers, as well as numerous species of migrating waterfowl and game fish. Drainage of the wetlands as well as toxic contamination over the last twenty years devastated much of the marshlands. A mere 10 percent remain as viable wetlands....

2005-07-21 14:04:22

By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday its border troops had been fired on by U.S. and Iraqi forces and accused Washington, London and Baghdad of lack of cooperation in preventing insurgents infiltrating into Iraq. It was the first time Syria, which has a 600 km (375 mile) desert border with Iraq, had reported cases of U.S. troops firing on its forces. The Foreign Ministry told heads of diplomatic missions in Damascus in a letter obtained by Reuters that Syrian border...

2005-07-19 07:49:44

By Suleiman al-Khalidi DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Strolling in the narrow lanes of the oldest inhabited city in the world, American tourist David Kummer says he feels safer in its old souks than on the streets of New York. "It's safer than New York here but Americans are fearful of Arabs, they think they are all terrorists. Most of it is prejudice but I wasn't scared," said Kummer, 55, a teacher at a college in Valhalla, New York, in the shady courtyard of an old Damascus home. Kummer is one of...

2005-07-16 12:27:26

By Amir Paivar TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday hailed Iraq as its "brother," taking a further step toward laying to rest the spectre of their war of attrition in the 1980s that killed hundreds of thousands on both sides. Iran and Iraq bludgeoned each other to a stalemate between 1980 and 1988, but on Saturday cemented improving ties with warm words that may foreshadow healthier commercial links, despite Washington's reservations. "We consider Iraq as our brother," Iranian...

2005-07-07 04:00:17

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former foes Iran and Iraq said on Thursday they would sign a military cooperation agreement which will include Iranian help in training Iraq's armed forces. The agreement marks a considerable advance in relations between the two countries who fought a bitter 1980-1988 war and comes despite repeated U.S. accusations that Iran has undermined security in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. "It's a new chapter in our relations with Iraq. We will start wide defense...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'