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Issue : December 2005

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  • Kuwait special report synopsis Subscription

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    The Kuwaiti government has yet to approve the country’s next five-year development plan that will run from 2015 to 2020

  • Yemen village disaster kills 30Subscription

    News29 December, 2005

    A landslide in the Yemeni village of Al-Dhafir on 29 December has left 30 dead, 35 injured and dozens missing. The cause of the landslide, which swept away 30 houses, is still unclear. Yemen's seismology centre had picked up no sign of earthquakes or severe weather in the vicinity of the village, AFP reported. The army and police are digging through the rubble and more than 20 bodies have been recovered so far, according to media reports. Prime Minister Abdul Qadir ...

  • Bombs leave 15 deadSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    A suicide bomber killed four Iraqi police officers on 29 December in an attack on a checkpoint near the Interior Ministry in Baghdad. The suicide bomber was dressed in police uniform and detonated his explosive belt near an entrance to the ministry building, according to media reports. The attack was reported to have left another five officers injured.Two days earlier, US planes had dropped two bombs on a village in the north of the country killing 10 Iraqis suspected ...

  • Shia family murderedSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    Eleven members of the same Shia family were murdered on 29 December by assailants who broke into their house in the mainly Sunni town of Latifiya. The family of the victims had previously been warned by insurgents to leave the area, but had not done so, according to media reports.

  • UN endorses Iraq election resultSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    A senior UN official endorsed the result of Iraq's national election on 28 December and said there was no need for a re-run. 'The United Nations is of the view that these elections were credible and transparent. We hope the elections will be the start of a new process of strength and unity in Iraq,' said Canadian advisor to the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) Craig Jenness. This was echoed by the IECI. 'No wide, premeditated and systematic fraud was noticed,' IECI ...

  • OCI appoints MLAs for $300m euroloanSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    The local Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) on 6 November announced that it had appointed a six-strong team of banks to act as mandated lead arrangers (MLAs) on its debut $300 million revolving euroloan facility. The MLAs are: BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Calyon, HSBC, National Societe Generale Bank (NSGB)and National Bank of Egypt. Citigroup has also been appointed as sole bookrunner. OCI says that a newly ...

  • Israeli soldier killed in double suicide attackSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    One Israeli soldier was killed and two were wounded on 29 December when two suicide bombers blew up an army checkpoint in the West Bank. The attack occurred at the Jabara checkpoint between two Israeli settlements near the town of Tulkarm. The bombers were a man and a woman, who detonated themselves when ordered to leave their car by checkpoint guards, according to media reports. It was the first suicide bombing since November, when five Israelis were killed in the ...

  • Israel shells Gaza buffer zoneSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    Israeli artillery units and warplanes continued to shell northern Gaza on 29 December after a deadline expired for Palestinians to evacuate a new security no-go zone. The no-go zone includes the site of three former Israeli settlements evacuated in the Gaza withdrawal.'Our aircraft attacked six roads in the north of the Gaza Strip leading to sites where it is possible to launch Qassam rockets against Israel, and our artillery batteries fired about 30 shells at the sector,' ...

  • Uncertainty over kidnapped Gaza BritonsSubscription

    News29 December, 2005

    There has been no contact from gunmen who on 28 December kidnapped a British aid worker and her parents near Rafah. Kate Burton, a volunteer worker for the Al-Mezan Human Rights Centre in Gaza, and her mother and father were abducted near the border crossing with Egypt. The kidnappers' motive remains nuclear. 'Until now, we don't know who is behind this and what they want exactly. The police and security are working around the Gaza Strip to find who the kidnappers are, but there is ...

  • Election protest led by SunnisSubscription

    News28 December, 2005

    Thousands protested in Baghdad on 27 December against the results of the recent Iraqi national elections. Crowds reported to number between 5,000 and 10,000 formed throughout the city, protesting that the large Shia victory in the election was the result of fraud and voter intimidation. As Sunni, Shia and Kurdish politicians held power-sharing talks, the marchers demanded that the election be re-run and called for the creation of a national unity government.The independent ...

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