- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 21, 2008


Parties criticize memo of understanding

Hezbollah signed a memorandum of understanding with some Sunni Salafist trends that excluded major Sunni authorities, aimed at preventing sectarian sedition and forbidding killing each other or inciting violence.

The agreement drew criticism from Sunni-based political parties, including Saad Hariri’s Future bloc, which said it was not consulted on this document.


Musharraf may take asylum in kingdom

Saudi Arabia has played a major but silent role in the Pakistani crisis, which ended in a deal, by persuading Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to resign in return for not being prosecuted.

It was widely expected that Mr. Musharraf would leave Pakistan and take political asylum in Saudi Arabia, following in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, making the kingdom a traditional refuge for former Pakistani leaders.


Group supports military junta

A group from ADEL Party, led by toppled Mauritanian Prime Minister Yahya Ould Ahmad al-Waqef, announced its withdrawal from the party and declared its support for the ruling military junta, led by Gen. Mohammad Ould Abdel Aziz.

About 216 lawmakers said they had pulled out of the party, of which toppled President Mohammad Ould Sheik Abdullahi was also a member.


Report says children suffer in prisons

A Palestinian prisoners organization has reported that Israeli occupation forces have arrested more than 3,500 children, including seven very young girls, since the Second Intifada.

It continues to detain 340, of whom 213 have been convicted. Al-Waed Society for Prisoners also stated in its report that 99 percent of the children who were arrested were tortured and claimed they were living in harsh conditions that don’t meet basic living needs.


Hundreds protest about neglect

About 200 Lebanese who fled to Israel in 2000 demonstrated in front of the Israeli Defense Ministry against what they said was a policy of discrimination by neglect aimed at getting rid of them.

About 8,000 Lebanese, most who served in an Israeli proxy army during the Israeli occupation, fled southern Lebanon when Israeli troops hurriedly withdrew in 2000. Israeli policy has succeeded in pushing most of them to return to Lebanon, but about 2,600 remain in Israel.


Iran prepares ‘Amal’ satellite

Iran has successfully launched a rocket that is able to carry a satellite, but an Iranian official denied reports that the Islamic republic had actually launched an ‘Amal’ satellite into space.

The announcement came as the head of the Iranian Air Force said his country possesses a fighter jet that can fly at a distance of more than 1,800 miles.


Hamas leader’s son embraces Christianity

Mussab Hassan Yossef, a son of one of Hamas’ founders in Palestine recently arrested in the West Bank, announced on Al-Hayat TV on Thursday that he has embraced Christianity.

Mr. Mussab attacked the Islamist Hamas leaders and accused them of abusing power, torturing detainees and liquidating those who oppose them.


UAE condemns acts by Iran

The Emirati Foreign Ministry has condemned as illegitimate an Iranian move to open two official offices on the island of Abu Moussa, a UAE island occupied by Iran.

The ministry said the move was in breach of a 1971 agreement that stresses that Iran will not impose its sovereignty on the island. It warned that such violations don’t help in boosting bilateral relations.

• Compiled by Sana Abdallah of the Middle East Times in Amman, Jordan

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