Meanwhile, ahead of Rumsfeld's arrival in Iraq, US Embassy officials confirm an American contractor has been kidnapped by militants at a project site near Baghdad
King Fahd has ordered an expansion of the appointed Shura Council and named a Shiite Muslim to serve on the Saudi version of an advisory parliament.The royal decree issued on
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld delivered a terse warning to Iraq's new leaders on Tuesday, urging them to avoid political purges that could lead to charges of corruption in the new
Dozens of suspected insurgents rounded up
Police have detained 200 people as they investigate a bloody brawl between rival religious groups at a mosque in the troubled Black Sea region of Dagestan, authorities said Sunday.
In the meantime, Iraqi lawmakers call for easing security measures imposed during their meetings; Pakistani diplomat kidnapped
For the new Iraq, with its Kurdish President Jalal Talabani, and its Shiite Prime Minister Ibrahim Jevahiri, there are two possibilities for the future, and it is not yet clear which one has won out.
Al-Jaafari's rise to the prime ministry further consolidates the power shift in Iraq, where both the Shiite Arab majority and the Kurdish minority enjoy newfound power after decades of oppression under Saddam's regime
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Islamist Shiite Ibrahim Jaafari was named as Iraq's next prime minister on Thursday, moving the country a step closer to its first democratically elected government in more than 50 years.
Turkey defends religious courses: Turkey's defense of itself in a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights, at which a complaint was filed by the parents of an Alawite student, made the headlines in daily Radikal and Cumhuriyet. Hasan
Turkey undoubtedly wants the countries of the region to democratize. If democracy had reigned in the Balkan countries in 1975-80 and in Syria in 1984-1999, would these countries support the ideological and ethnic terrorism in Turkey?
While the Kurds have often talked about independence, they know that neither their chief allies the Americans, nor the Turks, Syrians or Iranians with their sizeable Kurdish minorities, would tolerate a full-blown bid for statehood
Details on three members of Iraq's presidential council, who will select a prime minister, expected to be Shiite leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari:- President, Jalal Talabani: Sunni Kurd and leader of the
'This is the new Iraq -- an Iraq that elects a Kurd to be president and an Arab former president as his deputy,' Parliament Speaker Hajem al-Hassani says after the vote. 'What more could the world want from us?'
Recent weeks have seen a number of large-scale engagements between US troops and guerrillas -- an unusual development as insurgents generally favor hit-and-run attacks
The Iraqi Parliament has elected former rebel leader and Kurdish politician Jelal Talabani as president. Shiite leader Adel Abdul Mehdi and Sunni leader Gazi El Yaver will take their places by his side as vice-presidents. With Talabani's election, it is the first time in history in Iraq or any other Arab countries that an Iraqi-Kurd has become president.
The highlight of the Turkish columns yesterday was the lifetime accomplishments of Pope John Paul II, who died on Saturday night. Pope John Paul II, the greatest pope of the century A group of top-level Sunni and Shiite clerics had visited Pope John Paul II on May 14, 1999 in the Vatican and presented the pope with a handwritten Koran, Milliyet's Taha Akyol reported. He said the pope accepted the Koran by bowing – as a sign of respect -- and kissed the Koran. “For the first time in history a leader of one religion kissed the holy book of another,” Akyol said. “Pope John Paul II was the first pope in history to visit a mosque. During his
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