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Israeli occupation troops kill farmer, destroy large tracts of citrus farms in Gaza
Islamic Association for Palestine, May 24, 2003
Occupied Jerusalem: 24 May, 2003 (IAP News) -- Israeli occupation troops on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian farmer during a violent incursion into Southern Gaza. Palestinian sources said Zionist troops mounting armored personnel carriers opened fire indiscriminately on Palestinian farmers, killing one of them.

IOF Bulldozes 3 Factories in Gaza Strip, Wounds 5 Civilians in Nablus
International Press Center, May 24, 2003
GAZA STRIP, Palestine, May 24, 2003, IPC+ WAFA-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bulldozed late Friday three bricks factories in two places east Gaza City and Beit Hanoun City.

3 ISM Volunteers Arrested in Tulkarem / Tanks in Balata
International Solidarity Movement, May 24, 2003
[Refugee Camp, TULKAREM]  Two American ISM volunteers and one Palestinian were taken by Israeli Forces at 9:45AM this morning after accompanying schoolgirls to their homes.  Mike Johnson, age 52 from Washington, Matteo Bernal, age 22, from Kentucky and Osama Qashoo, 21, from Qalqilia are currently being held at the Tulkarem DCO.

Large IDF force, including dozens of tanks, raid Tul Karm
Haaretz, May 24, 2003
A large number of Israel Defense Troops raided the West Bank city of Tul Karm before dawn on Saturday, Israel Radio reported. The troops were carrying out house-to-house searches in the city as well as in its refugee camp.

Breaking News: Two Palestinian Homes Demolished in Qizan Al-Najar
International Press Center, May 24, 2003
19: 00-- Two Palestinian homes in Qizan Al-Najar area, east of Khan Younis City, were demolished today evening by Israeli occupation forces, WAFA said. Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces backed by tanks and two bulldozers entered the Al-Najar area and demolished two houses belonging to Al-Masri family.

Arafat 'received anthrax' in post
BBC, May 23, 2003
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has escaped an assassination attempt, after being sent a package containing anthrax in the post, a former Palestinian minister has said. Hani al-Hassan, until recently Mr Arafat's security advisor, said the package was intercepted by Palestinian security officials and did not reach the veteran leader.

Conflicting US Messages after Vague Israeli Acceptance of ‘Roadmap’ 
Palestine Media Center, May 24, 2003
May 24, 2003 - Israel’s vague acceptance of the internationally-adopted “roadmap” to peace in the Middle East and the seemingly conflicting messages to the Palestinian and Israeli sides of the conflict by the US administration have been cautiously welcomed by the Palestinian leadership.

U.S. Sends Special Team To Help Implement Roadmap
Islam Online, May 24, 2003
WASHINGTON, May 24 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday, May 23, that Washington would send a group of intelligence and security officials to the Middle East to coordinate implementation of the roadmap peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Speculation mounts over peace summit
BBC, May 24, 2003 
A Middle East peace summit hosted by President George W Bush early next month is looking increasingly likely, according to US diplomats. The diplomats, in Washington, are saying that if the Israeli cabinet accepts the so-called roadmap peace proposals the president will arrange the summit to follow a meeting of the leading industrialised countries - the G8 - being held in France.

Sharon, Abbas likely to meet after cabinet approves road map
Haaretz, May 24, 2003
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in the coming week, after Sharon's cabinet approves the road map plan for peace, well-informed sources said on Saturday.

Sharon Faces Challenge Selling 'Road Map'
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
JERUSALEM (AP) - After reluctantly embracing a U.S.-backed peace plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faced stiff opposition from hard-liners in his Cabinet, where the ``road map'' to Palestinian statehood could be voted on as early as Sunday.

Occupation army report: We demolished 774 Palestinian houses
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
Occupied Jerusalem - A report recently released by the Zionist occupation army has revealed that its forces had demolished 774 Palestinian houses since eruption of the Aqsa intifada in late September 2000.

Israel Bans a Palestinian Legislator from Returning Home
International Press Center, May 24, 2003
RAFAH, Palestine, May 24, 2003, (IPC)-- Israeli occupation authorities continue to ban the Secretary General of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Mr. Rawhi Fattoh, from entering Gaza Strip four days ago.

Palestinian woman detainee hospitalized
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
Bethlehem - Palestinian woman detainee, Etaf Ulayan, 40, was hospitalized after her health condition worsened following 20 days of hunger strike. The 67 other prisoners in the Zionist Ramle prison for women went on hunger strike in solidarity with Ulayan who started her open-ended hunger strike three weeks ago protesting cruel imprisonment conditions.

Mossad’s new chief revives Israel’s death squads
Daily Star, May 24, 2003
‘Global jihad’ targeted in service’s redefined role  -- BEIRUT: Ariel Sharon has ordered Israel’s secret service, the Mossad, to step up the war against Islamic extremists, a move that will dovetail with an expected intensification of George W. Bush’s global campaign against terrorism and could even result in US and Israeli intelligence agencies working together against a common foe.

Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith
Jerusalem Post, May 24, 2003 
Thousands of leaflets were distributed after the Friday prayers on the Temple Mount accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of being a follower of the Bahai Faith, the youngest of the world's independent religions.

Israeli occupation army invades Tulkarm
Islamic Association for Palestine, May 24, 2003
Occupied Jerusalem: 24 May, 2003 (IAP News): Israeli occupation forces on Saturday invaded the northern West Bank town of Tulkarm hours after Zionist premier Ariel Sharon voiced his willingness to accept the American-backed blueprint for peace in the Middle East, known as the “roadmap.”

Volunteers Arrested - Update and Call to Action
International Solidarity Movement, May 24, 2003  
Osama Qashoo has been released. After being taken to the Tulkarem DCO handcuffed and blindfolded, he was beaten. He didn't see his aggressors because of the blindfolds. No interrogation took place. He was held for over 6 hrs before his release. Urgent Call to Action: Please help us put pressure on the Israeli authorities to release both Mike and Matteo.

Israeli occupation army invades Tulkarm
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
Occupied Jerusalem - Israeli occupation forces on Saturday invaded the northern West Bank town of Tulkarm hours after Zionist premier Ariel Sharon voiced his willingness to accept the American-backed blueprint for peace in the Middle East, known as the “roadmap.”

Home Demolitions in Nablus
International Solidarity Movement, May 24, 2003
5-21-03, Nablus -- Last night in Nablus two homes were destroyed by the Israeli Occupation Forces. The destruction of these homes is in direct violation of Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Conventions, namely, "No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited."

Hear Palestine, 24 May 2003
Hear Palestine
NEWS: Gaza Strip: Palestinian Killed in Ongoing Military Attacks / Nablus: 5 Residents Wounded in Balata Refugee Camp / Israeli Army Invades Tulkarem Under Cover of Helicopters / Ramallah: Curfew Imposed on Beit Rima and Deir Ghassan Villages / Hebron: Expansion of Curfew Area / Qalqilya Transferred into Large Prison / Jerusalem: Vast Areas of Land Bulldozed in Anata for "Wall" Purposes  FEATURES:  Jerusalemites Subjected to Oppressive Measures / Khaza'a: Dozens of Homes Threatened with Demolition

Occupation Chronicle Events in Palestine May 24, 2003
Palestine Media Center, May 24, 2003
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) invaded the northern West Bank town of Tulkarem and its refugee camp and detained three international peace activists. IOF also wounded five Palestinians in Beita village, near Nablus and detained at least fifteen others in Jenin. IOF Demolish House in Tubas. IOF Demolish Factory in Gaza.

Zionist military court sentences son of Hamas activist to 87 months
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
Jenin - The Zionist military court in Salem a couple of days ago sentenced Abdul Salam Jamal Abul Haija, 19, to 87 months behind bars on charges of affiliating with the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement.

Detention of prominent Fatah figures extended
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
Bethlehem - The Zionist minister of internal security has issued orders renewing the detention of Marwan al-Barguthi, Fatah Movement secretary in the West Bank, for three months. Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Palestinian prisoner’s club, said that Barguthi had so far spent eight months in isolation, noting that the Zionist minister’s decision also banned family visits to the Fatah official.

Israel raids Tulkarem, kills Palestinian; US hails Sharon acceptance of road map
Al-Bawaba, May 24, 2003
A large number of Israeli soldiers raided the West Bank city of Tulkarem before dawn on Saturday, Israel Radio reported. The troops were carrying out house-to-house searches in the city as well as in its refugee camp.

Double bind
Al-Ahram Weekly On-line, 22 - 28 May 2003
Abu Mazen's first meeting with Ariel Sharon was accompanied by a blitz of Palestinian suicide attacks, writes Graham Usher from Jerusalem -- Late Saturday night Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) held his first meeting with Ariel Sharon as Palestinian Authority prime minister in an effort to extract "clear and public Israeli approval of the roadmap", the latest diplomatic plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Nabil Amro: “American Willingness to Implement the Road Map”
International Press Center, May 24, 2003
Mr. Nabil Amro, Information Minister, said that there is an American willingness to initiate the implementation of the road map -- RAMALLAH, Palestine, May 24, 2003, (IPC)--The PLO executive committee chaired by President Yasser Arafat convened a meeting Friday evening to discuss the latest developments regarding the Road Map peace plan.

US concession draws Israel into road map vote
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
Ariel Sharon took immediate advantage yesterday of an offer by Washington which will let Israel accept the US road map for peace in the Middle East without intending to implement it fully.

Sharon faces opposition from Cabinet over peace plan
Nando Times, May 24, 2003
JERUSALEM (May 24, 2003 8:10 a.m. EDT) - After reluctantly embracing a U.S.-backed peace plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faced stiff opposition from hardline ministers in his Cabinet, where the "road map" to Palestinian statehood could be voted on as early as Sunday.

Jordan, Australia say no room for amendments to peace 'roadmap'
Jordan Times, May 23, 2003   
AMMAN — Jordan and Australia on Thursday insisted on the importance of early implementation of the roadmap for Middle East peace and agreed there was no room for amendments to the documents requested by Israel. 

EU envoy: refugees are on the ‘road map’
Daily Star, May 24, 2003
Visiting moratinos says Beirut’s concerns taken seriously -- The visiting European Union’s peace envoy to the Middle East reaffirmed Friday that both the EU and the international community were taking Lebanon’s “legitimate concerns” regarding the Palestinian refugee issue very seriously, adding that the problem would be dealt with as part of the “road map’s” last phase.

Sharon Gives Plan for Mideast Peace Qualified Support
New York Times, May 24, 2003
JERUSALEM, May 23 — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said today that Israel was "prepared to accept the steps" in a new international peace plan, after the Bush administration said it would "fully and seriously" address Israel's reservations while seeking Arab-Israeli peace and a Palestinian state within three years.

Israel's acceptance of road-map wins a cautious welcome
The Independent, May 24, 2003
American and Palestinian officials cautiously welcomed Israel's acceptance of the Middle East "road-map" to peace yesterday, although it was still far from clear how committed the Israelis were to the plan in its current form.

U.S., Palestinians welcome Israel's acceptance of road map
Haaretz, May 24, 2003 
"Any change during the implementation will have a devastating impact on the whole process." -- Saeb Erekat -- The Bush administration on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's acceptance of the internationally-brokered road map to Middle East peace, and said approval by the Israeli cabinet would allow implementation of the plan to start.

Qaddoumi angered with Abu Mazen
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
London - Farouq Qaddoumi, the chief of the PLO’s political department, was infuriated over Palestinian Authority premier Mahmoud Abbas’ request from Arab League secretary general to address invitations to Palestine to PA international cooperation minister Nabil Shaath.

Hamas tells Abbas cease-fire depends on ending Zionist crimes
Palestinian Information Center, May 24, 2003
Occupied Jerusalem - Hamas leaders who met with PA premier Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend informed him that Hamas would observe a cease fire only if the Zionist forces ended their terror and crimes against the Palestinian people.

Current developments could lead to failure of Abu Mazen government
Inter Press Service, May 23, 2003
ABU DHABI, May 22 (WAM) - In a lecture delivered at THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-up, Hafidh Al Bargouthi, Editor in Chief of ‘Al Hayat al Jadeeda' newspaper, based in Jerusalem, said that the Palestinian government of Mohamoud Abbas ”Abu Mazin” has come to power to implement the ”roadmap”.  The continuation of this government is then subject to the implementation of this map which Israel insists must be modified, he said, something which could lead to the early failure of this government.

IDI: “Israel at the Bottom of the List in Democracy and Human Rights”
International Press Center, May 24, 2003
JERUSALEM, Palestine, May 24, 2003, (IPC + Agencies) -- The Israeli Democracy Institute (IDI), an independent institute based in Jerusalem, recently published its major findings about the democracy index in Israel. The findings indicated a deterioration of Israeli values and a tendency toward the "Apartheid" policy.

Beaufort Castle recovers from Israeli occupation
Daily Star, May 24, 2003
Tourists return to southern sites -- The third anniversary of the South’s liberation on Sunday will commemorate the jubilant sentiments that swept through the residents of the southern villages upon witnessing the unexpected withdrawal of the Israeli forces. The residents of Arnoun, Yohmor, Kfar Tibnit, Nabatieh, Kfar Remman and Arab Salim could hardly believe their eyes on May 25, 2000, when they saw Israeli forces abandon their strongholds.


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Civilian deaths in Iraq could be as high as 10,000
The Hearld (UK), May 23, 2003
Final body count could be biggest since Vietnam war -- AMERICAN guns, bombs and missiles killed more civilians in the recent war in Iraq than in any conflict since Vietnam, according to preliminary assessments carried out by the UN, international aid agencies and independent study groups. Despite US boasts this was the fastest, most clinical campaign in military history, a first snapshot of "collateral damage" indicates that between 5000 and 10,000 Iraqi non-combatants died in the course of the hi-tech blitzkrieg.

US blamed for Baghdad tension
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
Britain believes that heavy-handed tactics by the US military are to blame for America's failure to secure Baghdad, which threatens to delay the reconstruction of Iraq as foreign companies steer clear of the capital.

Plan to Shift British Troops to Baghdad Is Scuttled by London
New York Times, May 23, 2003
BAGHDAD, May 22 — A plan to shift British troops to Baghdad to help secure the capital was shelved today after officials in London objected to extending the soldiers' tour of duty in Iraq, allied officials said tonight. The development was a setback for allied military commanders, who are striving to put an end to the robberies, looting and paramilitary attacks that plague the city.

DoD: U.S. troops will remain in Iraq
UPI, May 22, 2003
WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. troops will remain in Iraq long after Iraqis have taken over day-to-day operations of their country, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday. However, he refused to estimate how long and how many that would be.

Heritage lost for ever
Al-Ahram Weekly On-line, 22 - 28 May 2003
As Iraq sinks further into anarchy, the country's most valuable missing archaeological artefacts seem impossible to recover. -- Contrary to early reports on the looting and vandalism of the Iraq Museum, most of its treasures were not stolen or smashed. But its three most important and historically valuable pieces were taken. The first two are 5000- year-old Sumerian artefacts, the marble head of a woman from Uruk, possibly the first sculpted portrait of a living person, and a tall vase decorated with votive relief.

Pentagon sets sights on a new Tehran regime
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
UK and state department reject blunt approach -- The Pentagon has proposed a policy of regime change in Iran, after reports that al-Qaida leaders are coordinating terrorist attacks from Iran. But the plan is opposed by the US state department and the British government, officials in Washington said yesterday.

Iran FM: No need for talks with the US
Al-Bawaba, May 24, 2003
Tehran sees no need to immediately revive a dialogue with the United States, Iran's foreign minister was quoted on Saturday as saying. "This dialogue has stopped now and we see no reason to revive it for the time being," the Arabic daily Al-Hayat quoted Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi as saying.

Fear of disorder prompts cancellation of poll
The Telegraph, May 24, 2003
British forces in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr yesterday cancelled elections that would have been the first attempt at a democratic poll in post-Saddam Iraq. Reasons for the cancellation were said to be disorder at poll booths, where voting slips had failed to arrive and scant publicity for the event. The elections have now been "postponed indefinitely".

U.S. May Let Kurds Keep Arms, Angering Shiites
New York Times, May 24, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 23 — The American occupation authority in Iraq, apparently preserving the prewar distinction between Kurdish-controlled northern areas and the rest of the country, will allow Kurdish fighters to keep their assault rifles and heavy weapons, but require Shiite Muslim and other militias to surrender theirs, according to a draft directive.

US army chief says Iraqi troops took bribes to surrender
The Independent, May 24, 2003
Senior Iraqi officers who commanded troops crucial to the defence of key Iraqi cities were bribed not to fight by American special forces, the US general in charge of the war has confirmed.

NGOs Decry 'Bribes' and 'Threats' Behind U.N. Vote
Inter Press Service, May 24, 2003
A coalition of over 150 peace groups and global non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is lashing out at the U.N. Security Council for adopting a resolution that virtually legitimises the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and endorses the foreign occupation of a U.N. member state. -- UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (IPS) - A coalition of over 150 peace groups and global non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is lashing out at the U.N. Security Council for adopting a resolution that virtually legitimises the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and endorses the foreign occupation of a U.N. member state.

IRAQ : Summit stance underscores mounting concern across Arab world
Inter Press Service, May 23, 2003
ABU DHABI, May 22 (WAM) The urgent call made yesterday by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders during their one-day summit in the Saudi capital of Riyadh for the Iraqi people to be allowed to run their own affairs and take charge of the country's wealth underscores the deep concern that prevails across the Arab world about the future of that country, said a leading United Arab Emirates (UAE) Arabic daily.

Snipers Roam The Streets, U.S. Forces Disarm Iraqis
Islam Online, May 24, 2003
Iraqi snipers raise fears among the U.S. forces -- BAGHDAD, May 24 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - As the U.S. forces in Iraq panic at the appearance of Iraqi snipers, they announced measures to prevent civilians and groups from keeping assault rifles and heavy weapons in the war-torn country. A sniper killed five American soldiers within last few days, each with one bullet in the neck or the right eye, creating panic among the occupation forces here,” eyewitnesses told IslamOnline.net Friday, May 23.

Congress Questions “Existence” Of Iraq’s WMDs
Islam Online, May 24, 2003 
"This could conceivably be the greatest intelligence hoax of all time" -- WASHINGTON, May 24 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – As the lack of hard evidence on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has been a thorn in the side of the U.S.-led forces in post-war Iraq, the Congress on Friday, May 23, demanded CIA to determine whether the U.S. intelligence community erred in its pre-war assessments of Iraq's weapons programs or links with al-Qaeda network.

Iraqis to Elect Interim Government in Kirkuk
New York Times, May 24, 2003
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Leading figures in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk met on Saturday to elect an interim provincial government which they hope will put an end to ethnic tensions in the region.

American troops disarming Iraqi citizens block by block
SanLuisObispo.com/Knight Ridder, May 23, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - (KRT) - As the United States puts the finishing touches on a tough new policy to get countless weapons off the streets of Iraq, American forces already are working to disarm the nation - block by block.

Bipartisan Call to Expand Inquiry Into Occupation
New York Times, May 23, 2003
WASHINGTON, May 23 — Senior Republican and Democratic lawmakers asked today that a Congressional investigation into how federal contracts were awarded for the reconstruction of Iraq be expanded to include nearly every aspect of the American occupation. It was another sign of Congressional displeasure with the administration's plans for rebuilding Iraq and what lawmakers perceive as administration reluctance to give them a full role in overseeing those plans.

On the streets of Baghdad, there are no heroes or villains. Only victims
The Independent, May 24, 2003
Haider Tahab was so quiveringly angry that the blood vessels at his temples seemed ready to burst. He kept returning to deliver another blast of point-blank invective, as if driven by a compulsion that would only fully be relieved once he had hit someone.

British officer: Iraqi war hero or pistol-whipping bully?
Sydney Sunday Hearld, May 25, 2003
The British Ministry of Defence is to conduct a far-reaching inquiry into the Royal Irish Regiment, the unit commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, the British Army officer at the centre of allegations that he seriously mistreated Iraqis during the recent war. It emerged last night that the inquiry, though linked to a suicide of a young soldier in the regiment, will be much broader.

Well-connected and wealthy: Bechtel wins from Saddam's demise
The Independent, May 24, 2003
Few companies represent the corporate face of the Bush administration quite like Bechtel of San Francisco. And few - Vice-President Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton, is the only possible competitor - were quite so identified with the drive to overthrow Saddam Hussein, starting months before the US-led invasion began.

Unesco lengthens list of looted art in Iraq 
International Herald Tribune, May 24, 2003
Thousands of treasures said to be missing -- PARIS A Unesco survey of Iraq's smashed and looted cultural treasures indicates that 2,000 to 3,000 objects may be missing from the National Museum in Baghdad alone and that the entire contents of the National Library are lost beyond retrieval. In addition, more than 1,500 modern paintings and sculptures from the city's Museum of Fine Arts are still missing and only 400 have been recovered, according to Mounir Bouchenaki, assistant director general for culture at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Iraqis paid first wages since war
BBC, May 24, 2003
State employees in Iraq have received their first wages since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. About 6,000 electricity workers in Baghdad were the first to be paid, while other government employees will be paid in the next few days.

Tense Kirkuk choosing council
BBC, May 24, 2003
A new council is being chosen in the important oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk in a bid to end its simmering ethnic tensions. The northern city is a potential powder keg after Saddam Hussein tried to alter the ethnic balance by forcing Kurds from their homes and allowing Arabs to move in.

Iraq Sanctions Lifted; Little Relief Expected
New York Times, May 24, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 23 — The United Nations' resolution to remove trade sanctions against Iraq will officially end 13 years of international isolation for this country. But business executives and other experts said today that it would bring little immediate relief to Iraq's battered economy.

Gold bars worth 330m seized at border
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
US officers said yesterday that their troops had seized what appeared to be gold bars worth about 330m in a truck searched near the Syrian border. Soldiers of the 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment stopped the Mercedes truck at the Qaim, border post.

Five Suspected Saddam Loyalists Detained
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - American soldiers detained five members of an Arab delegation participating in voting for a northern Iraqi oil town's new city council Saturday, saying they were suspected members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.

Iraq Oil Output Predicted to Double Soon
The Guardian, May 24, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq could double its production of crude oil within a month and resume oil exports within three weeks, the acting oil minister said Saturday. Iraq currently is producing 700,000 barrels of oil a day and aiming to double that under U.S. occupation, Thamer al-Ghadhban said.

China rejects U.S. accusation that state company helped Iran's missile program
Nando Times, May 24, 2003
BEIJING (May 23, 2003 5:29 p.m. EDT) - China on Friday rejected U.S. accusations that a major Chinese conglomerate helped Iran's missile program, insisting it opposes the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Jordanian women launch parliamentary elections
Arabic News, May 24, 2003
Jordanian women will launch a less difficult fight in the Parliamentary elections due on June 17 after a recent amendment for the Jordanian election act that guaranteed women a quota of no less than 6 seats at the 110- member Jordanian parliament.
Jordan, Politics, 5/24/2003

Muslim-Christian cooperation to rectify misconcepts about women's role
Arabic News, May 24, 2003
The Christian-Muslim conference on promoting women's citizenship in Alexandria stressed cooperation of Muslim and Christian clerics to set right misconcepts about women's role, urging development of the official religious discourse in order to boost women's citizenship right.

Canada's Deputy FM Lavertu Gaetan on regional issues while visiting Syria
Arabic News, May 24, 2003
Canada's Deputy Foreign Minister Lavertu Gaetan has recently paid a one day official visit to Syria. The visit aimed to deepen the Canadian view of the Middle East issue after the war in Iraq. Gaetan's short visit to Syria is in the course of his tour on several countries in the region covering Jordan and Iran.

Egypt is holding contacts with all those concerned with Iraq
Arabic News, May 24, 2003
"Egypt is currently holding calm and intensive talks with the different parties concerned with Iraq," Egypt's Political Presidential Adviser said Friday. In press reports Osama Al Baz added that Egypt is keen to see as soon as possible an Iraqi government formed and installed.

US report wants talks with Libya
Arabic News, May 24, 2003
A report issued by a commission of American experts said that Libya has changed its position concerning terrorism. The report urged the US to think of resuming talks with this country.

U.S. sees signs Syria curtailing 'terror support'
Haaretz, May 24, 2003
WASHINGTON - The United States sees some signs that Syria is curtailing its support for "terrorism" but not the kind of dramatic moves Washington has been looking for, a senior State Department official said on Friday.

U.S. Alerts Nationals In Yemen, Morocco To New Threats
Islam Online, May 24, 2003
U.S. Alerts Nationals In Yemen, Morocco To New Threats U.S. authorized non-essential diplomatic staff and adult family members to return from Yemen and urged nationals in Morocco to maintain a high level of vigilance.

U.S. 'negation' policy in space raises concerns abroad
EE Times, May 22, 2003
NRO is talking openly with the U.S. Air Force Space Command about actively denying the use of space for intelligence purposes to any other nation at any time—not just adversaries, but even longtime allies -- COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While much of the talk around the Pentagon these days focuses on "transformation" of the military, some of the United States' closest allies worry about another buzzword being used in subtler ways at the National Reconnaissance Office: "negation."

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