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International arrest warrant for former Iranian president

Stop Fundamentalism, Nov 13 – AFP reported November 9 that a judge issued an international arrest warrant Thursday for Iranian ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and other top former Tehran officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charity in Argentina that killed 85 people.

Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral told AFP he had asked the government of Iran as well as Interpol to hand over the former president on a warrant issued for "crimes against humanity."

UAE interested to develop nuclear power

Middle East: Six Arab states have intentions to develop domestic nuclear power programmes, it has been revealed according to a Middle East economic magazine.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are embarking on nuclear energy programmes.

GCC Single currency could retain the dollar peg

Gulfnews, Nov 5 – The planned unified currency of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should be pegged to the US dollar. The GCC states plan to issue the currency at an unspecified future date as part of implementing their monetary union by 2010.

Muslim women want greater rights

Stop Fundamentalism, November 5  – Muslim women from around the world gathered in Barcelona Friday to issue a call to a battle for equal footing in the Islamic world — one aimed at fighting against polygamy, domestic violence and a “macho” interpretation of Muslim Sharia laws.

Woman ex-hawker wants to represent poor in Bahrain’s parliament

Stop Fundamentalism, November 5 – A 40 year old woman, Aminah Abbas, is running to enter the Bahrain’s parliament to represent the poor.


“All candidates speak of combating poverty and improving living standards, but for me, I’m talking of personal experience,” says Abbas, mother of five and one of 18 women candidates in the kingdom’s November 25 parliamentary polls.


Iran – Saddam deserves to die

Stop Fundamentalism, November 5 – Iran on Saturday supported a death sentence and said that it was the “very least” punishment that should be handed down to its long time enemy the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

“Execution is the very least sentence they can hand down to Saddam Hussein,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on the day the verdict in the trial of Saddam and former cohorts was due to be delivered reported AFP.

Cyber crime thrives in the Middle East

By Scott Shuey
Gulfnews, Nov 4 – In the ’80s, creators of computer viruses seemed focused on gaining the infamy associated with causing chaos.

Today they just want your money.

More men opt for cosmetic surgery to improve careers

By Nina Muslim

Gulfnews, Nov 4 – Beauty may be only skin deep, but more men in the UAE are going under the knife to get ahead professionally.

Iraq military leaves cancelled

Gulfnews, Nov 4 – All leave for Iraqi military officers has been cancelled in anticipation of a wave of violence following the sentencing of former Iraqi premier Saddam Hussain.

Defense Minister Abdul-Qader Al Obeidi issued the order cancelling all military leaves and ordering vacationing soldiers back to duty on Friday.


UAE banks pushing loans to boost earnings

Gulfnews, Nov 4 – UAE banks are aggressively marketing personal loans to boost earnings in a booming economy. Growing competition is also making it easier to raise personal loans as banks are increasingly offering easier terms and higher credit limits.