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October 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Israel accused North Korea on Saturday of covertly supplying at least half a dozen Middle East countries with nuclear technology or conventional arms. The allegation was made at an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna, where world powers urged North Korea to stop reactivation of its nuclear weapons program. "The Middle East remains on the receiving end of the DPRK's reckless activities," Israeli delegate David Danieli said at the meeting.
September 28, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Africa's abundant natural resources have long invited foreign exploitation. Over generations, foreign empires and companies stripped the continent of its gold and diamonds, then its oil. Rubber and ivory were plundered from Congo. Even Africa's people were exploited: captured and sold into slavery abroad. Now foreigners are enjoined in a new scramble in Africa. The latest craze? Food.
May 22, 2008
Re "Arabs feel bias in Bush's visit to Mideast," news analysis, May 19 You've got to be kidding! The Times points out that President Bush praised Israel during his visit to celebrate the country's 60th anniversary, but that the "mood was markedly different" when he addressed the Arab nations. And this is held up as an example of bias? Some simple questions: Do women have equal rights in the Arab nations? What is the status of gay rights? What about religious freedom? How about freedom of the press and freedom of speech?
May 19, 2008 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
In vivid contrast to his effusive stopover in Israel, President Bush ended a five-day Middle East trip on Sunday by criticizing Arab nations for political repression and urging them toward economic reforms and women's rights. The president's speech at the World Economic Forum in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik crystallized an approach that in Arab eyes stubbornly favors Israel over their own concerns and interests.
November 29, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
This week's Middle East conference in Annapolis, Md., has highlighted Arab unease over the ability and will of a weak U.S. president to deliver peace. At the same time, it has stoked fears that Israel has scored a public relations coup while refusing to concede on such core issues as Palestinian refugees and the fate of Jerusalem. Arab nations, most notably Syria and Saudi Arabia, had been reluctant to attend the U.S.
November 26, 2007 | Ziad Haydar and Richard Boudreaux, Special to The Times
Syria said Sunday that it had decided to attend a U.S.-sponsored conference on Middle East peace after concluding that the agenda would allow it to press its demand for a return of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The decision raised the prospect that Israel might eventually resume peace talks with Syria, aiding what appears to be a nascent American effort to woo the Syrians away from their alliance with Iran.
November 24, 2007 | Noha El-Hennawy and Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writers
Saudi Arabia and other key Arab nations Friday agreed to attend a U.S.-sponsored peace conference, a move that added credibility to Washington's attempt to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict before President Bush leaves office. The political guessing game over what countries would participate ended here when the Arab League announced that cabinet-level representatives from its major states, possibly including Syria, would attend the summit next week in Annapolis, Md.
November 20, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Seeking Arab nations' support for an American peace initiative, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert won his government's approval Monday to free 441 Palestinian prisoners and reaffirmed a pledge to tear down dozens of unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.
September 11, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
The mood is gruff and the talk shrill across the Middle East as growing strategic differences between Saudi Arabia and Syria underscore Iran's ability to exploit the region's fragile alliances. Iran's backing of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, along with its nuclear program, volatile hard-line president and support of a conservative Shiite-controlled Iraq, have unnerved Middle East politics.
July 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An Arab League delegation Wednesday made a historic first visit to Israel to promote a peace plan, saying it offers the country "security, recognition and acceptance" by its Middle East neighbors. Led by the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, the Arab delegation met the prime minister and the president and visited parliament, bringing a proposal for full recognition of Israel by the Arab and Muslim world in return for Israel's withdrawal from all lands captured in the 1967 Middle East War.
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