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MER chronology of the week.

ARABS

Aug. 29

--The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) warns that most Arab countries heading for severe water shortages.

Sept. 2

--Arab League Chief Amr Moussa calls for dialogue between Arab countries, Iran.

IRAN

Aug. 31

--Iran's FM Manouchehr Mottaki arrives in Syria to try to bridge Syria-Iraq rift; Meets Pres.

Bashar al-Assad, who stresses Iranian-Syrian ties.

--Mottaki proposes Iraqi neighbors' conference.

Sept. 2

--Arab League Chief Amr Moussa calls for dialogue between Arab countries, Iran.

Sept. 3

--World powers press Iran to meet for talks on its disputed nuclear program before UN meeting.

--EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana waiting for Iran to submit updated nuclear proposal.

IRAQ

Aug. 31--Iran's FM Manouchehr Mottaki arrives in Syria to try to bridge Syria-Iraq rift; Meets Pres. Bashar al-Assad, who stresses Iranian-Syrian ties.

--Syrian paper says US scolded PM Nuri al-Maliki "for uncalculated moves with Syria."

--Baghdad airs a confession from a suspected al-Qaeda militant accusing Syrian intelligence agents of training foreign fighters to fight in Iraq.

--Iraq's FM Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad wants to contain the crisis with Damascus, but demands an international tribunal to try suspects, currently in Syria, for recent bombings.

--Mottaki proposes Iraqi neighbors' conference.

--Police station, market target of northern Iraq bombs; 15 killed, 37 wounded.

Sept. 1

--Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu in Baghdad tries to heal Syria-Iraq rift; Syria's Pres. Bashar al-Assad says Iraq's accusations unethical; Maliki insists on international tribunal, says Syria harboring 90 percent of terrorists coming to Iraq.

--Iraq delays by a year a plan to hold its first nationwide census in two decades, inflaming ethnic tensions in disputed areas.

--Iraqi security forces find numerous caches of new weapons in the Shiite south.

Sept. 3

--Iraq, Turkey plan to increase trade exchange to a value of $20 billion in 2010.

Sept. 4

--Maliki challenges Syria to explain why it shelters armed groups that Iraq blames for staging bombings in its territory; Appeals to the UN to establish tribunal; Assad warns against internationalizing row, says shows weakness.

--Bomb explodes at Shiite mosque in southern Iraq killing four, wounding 24.

--Police arrest a deputy transport minister, Adnan al-Ubaidi for corruption after a sting operation.

--Jordanian PM Nader Dahabi heads delegation to Iraq to sign economic cooperation agreements; launch initiative to ease Iraqi-Syrian tensions.

--Iraqi Water Resources Minister Abdul Latif Rasheed says Turkey breaking pledge on water supply from Euphrates, Tigris rivers; Says region needs united water policy.

ISRAEL

Aug. 31

--German mediators propose freeing captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 450 Palestinian prisoners in Israel.

--Israeli aircraft bomb a building in Gaza which the military said was used by Palestinians to access a tunnel for cross-border attacks.

Sept. 1

--The Israel Security Agency (Shabak) arrests Rawi Fuad Sultani, an Arab-Israeli, accuses him of plotting with Hizbullah to monitor the movements of Israel's army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi ahead of killing him.

--Settlement activity in E. Jerusalem increasing, 150 settlement units being built in 2009, says Israeli NGO Ir Amim (City of Nations).

--Israel, Hamas both deny progress in prisoner swap talks.

Sept. 2

--Settlement activity ongoing in the West Bank, East Jerusalem--Israeli news website.

Sept. 3

--Lebanese, Israeli security officials hold a meeting along the Blue Line, presided over by UNIFIL chief Major General Claudio Graziano; Discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

--Palestinian Minister of Economy Bassem Khoury convenes with Israel's Vice PM and Minister of Regional Development Silvan Shalom in Jerusalem City to discuss economic issues in first ministerial Palestinian-Israeli meeting since Netanyahu sworn in; Hamas, Islamic Jihad denounce meeting.

--The VIP Protection Unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) being criticized for allegedly failing to provide Ashkenazi with enough protection.

--Israel says Hizbullah increasing activity among Israeli Arabs.

Sept. 4

--Security cameras are installed along the Lebanese-Israeli border to monitor security.

--Israel planning a new settlement neighborhood in Jerusalem that will house some 2,000 Jewish settlers, says Israeli activists group Ir Shalom.

JORDAN

Aug. 31

--Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal arrives in Jordan for first time in ten years, after being forced to leave, to take part in his father's funeral.

Sept. 1

--Jordan's Natural Resources Authority in talks with two international energy firms to extract surface oil shale in Jordan for oil production.

Sept. 2

--Leaked report by Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, accusing the kingdom of connivance with Israel against the Palestinians, causes internal rift.

Sept. 4

--PM Nader Dahabi heads to Iraq with delegation, to sign economic cooperation agreements with Iraq; Launch initiative for easing tensions between Iraq, Syria.

LEBANON

Aug. 29

--PM-designate Saad al-Hariri proposes a meeting with opposition leader MP Michel Aoun.

--Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel proposes holding indirect talks with Israel so as to resolve border conflict, restore the 1949 armistice deal.

--Hizbullah says the Special Tribunal for Lebanon been politicized from the start, Hizbullah disinterested in it.

Aug. 31

--EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana holds talks in Beirut to push forward Mideast peace.

--Spokeswoman for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Radhia Ashouri says Prosecutor General Daniel Bellemare is expected to return to The Hague after his medical leave of absence.

--Former head of Lebanon's General Security Directorate Jamil al-Sayyed launches attacks, including on Pres. Michel Suleiman, Hariri, Druze chief Walid Jumblat; "Surprised" Future Movement responds, says tribunal not politicized.

--Anti-Syrian Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra says Lebanese politics is centered on who the UN tribunal names as suspects.

--Hizbullah unhappy with March 14's "attack" on Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.

--Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) MP Ibrahim Kanaan says Taif accord is being amended.

Sept. 1

--Solana visits Beirut, meets FM Fawzi Salloukh as part of his tour to kickstart Mideast peace.

--Hariri, Aoun meet at the presidential palace in Baabda; Break the ice, but reach no conclusive agreement.

--Majority bloc states support for Hariri, say dealing with the minority with an open hand, but not their right to make demands.

--House Speaker Nabih Berri gives speech to commemorate the 1978 disappearance of Shiite spiritual leader Imam Musa al-Sadr.

--Hariri proposes forming a "summit cabinet" from the most influential Lebanese political leaders.

--The Israel Security Agency (Shabak) arrests Rawi Fuad Sultani, an Arab-Israeli, accuses him of plotting with Hizbullah to monitor the movements of Israel's army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi ahead of killing him.

--Families of missing Lebanese citizens hold a news conference, demand answers, action.

--Hizbullah MP Mohammad Raad calls on Lebanese political leaders to steer away from majority-minority talks, to cooperate in the formation of a national unity govt.

--Fadlallah warns against US peace talks; Saysa "political play" seeking to "fool" the Arab, Islamic society into accepting concessions to Israel.

Sept. 2

--Prominent Shiite businessman Salah Ezzeddin is arrested on suspicion of fraud.

--Suleiman hosts Ramadan banquet, urges speedy formation of govt., stresses national unity.

--Solana concludes talks with Lebanese leaders, says has no worries about Lebanese security.

--Future Movement bloc renews support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Hariri.

--The Higher Judicial Council responds to Sayyed's attack, calls for separating judicial matters from internal political differences.

--Energy and Water Minister Alain Tabourian says experts finalising technical details in deal with Egypt; to receive gas within two weeks.

Sept. 3

--Lebanese, Israeli security officials hold a meeting along the Blue Line, presided over by UNIFIL chief Major General Claudio Graziano; Discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

--Hariri declares he wants the opposition to take part in the new govt, "but not on their terms."

--Jumblat backs Berri that Syrian-Saudi accord is key to govt forming solution.

--Maronite Archbishops Council warn against "fatal struggle" for power, due to which Lebanese could lose possession of their country.

--US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice says US eagerly awaiting the formation of the Lebanese govt.

--Former PM Najib Mikati defends his decision not to take part in a recent March 14 forces meeting, saying he disagrees with confrontations, is a centrist, shares same principles as Hariri.

--The European Commission launches $11.4 million aid program for Lebanon aimed at supporting infrastructure, alternative financing.

Sept. 4

--Lebanese judicial source says the recent attacks on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon were "predictable," in response to Sayyed's attack.

--Pressure mounts on Hariri to form majority govt.

--Hariri meets Hizbullah and Amal representatives after Iftar, no details reported.

--The Special Tribunal for Lebanon signs an "interim agreement" with the International Police (Interpol), temporarily granting it access to information available to Interpol.

--Army, UNIFIL hold joint military games to increase cooperation, coordination; held with live ammunition near the border crossing of Nakoura.

--Security cameras are installed along the Lebanese-Israeli border to monitor border security, following security meeting.

--Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel says Lebanon been taken hostage by Hizbullah, claiming the Shiite party has been hindering the formation of a new government.

--Mikati expresses concerns about Lebanon's "challenging" future.

--Interior Minister Ziad Baroud presides over a meeting to discuss the state of Lebanese prisons with the Central Security Committee.

LIBYA

Sept. 2

--Libya's leader Moammar Gaddafi, at an extraordinary summit of the African Union in Libya, urges African countries to expel Israeli embassies, arguing that it sows sedition.

Sept. 3

--Washington's U.N. ambassador Susan Rice warns Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi against aggravating U.S. at UN General Assembly.

--Swiss Pres. Hans-Rudolf Merz demands Libya keep its side of a deal to release two Swiss businessmen after he apologized for the arrest of Moammar Gaddafi's son.

MIDDLE EAST

Aug. 29

--U.S. no longer demanding a total freeze on israeli settlements--paper --U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Palestinians must be able to show a united front to help revive Middle East peace talks.

--Israel's right calls for PM Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.

Aug. 31

--EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana holds talks in Beirut to push the Mideast peace process forward.

Sept. 1

--Israeli Pres. Shimon Peres says U.S. Pres. Barack Obama may moderate a meeting between Israeli, Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders at UN General Assembly meeting.

--PA Pres. Mahmoud Abbas categorically rules out talks until freeze on settlement building.

--Lebanon's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, warns against US peace talks; says is only a "political play" seeking to fool the Arab, Islamic society into accepting concessions to Israel.

Sept. 3

--US Special Mideast Envoy George Mitchell meets Israeli officials Yitzhak Molcho, Mike Herzog; Says Israelis committed to comprehensive peace.

--Mitchell says Obama to announce new Mideast peace roadmap.

--Israeli FM Avigdor Libermann appeals to African businessmen in Addis Ababa to help promote moderation, reconciliation in the Mideast

PALESTINIANS

Aug. 31

--Hamas writes letter to UN condemning it for plans to include Holocaust in school curriculum; But UN says no changes planned.

--Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal arrives in Jordan for first time in ten years, after being forced to leave, to take part in his father's funeral.

--German mediators propose freeing captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 450 Palestinian prisoners in Israel.

--Israeli aircraft bomb a Gaza building said used to access a tunnel for attacking Israel.

Sept. 1

--PM Salam Fayyad defends his plan for a future state; Says not exceed his duties or bypassed Palestinian Authority Pres. Mahmoud Abbas.

--Abbas meets Qatari Prince Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, requests that Qatar use its influence with Hamas to convince it to hold elections.

--Settlement activity in E. Jerusalem increasing, with 150 settlement units being built in 2009, says an Israeli NGO Ir Amim (City of Nations).

--Israel, Hamas both deny progress in prisoner swap talks.

Sept. 2

--Hamas accuses Israel of killing two of its men east of Jabalya; Israel denies involvement.

--Settlement activity ongoing in the West Bank, East Jerusalem - Israeli news website.

--Hamas says Fayyad does not have the right to speak about Palestinian statehood.

Sept. 3

--Palestinian Minister of Economy Bassem Khoury convenes with Israel's Vice PM and Minister of Regional Development Silvan Shalom in Jerusalem City to discuss economic issues in first Palestinian-Israeli meeting at ministers level held since Netanyahu sworn in; Hamas, Islamic Jihad denounce meeting.

Sept. 4

--Resigned Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt and Palestinian Authority delegate to the Arab League Nabil Amro explains his sudden decision to leave office as due to disagreements with Abbas, particularly over Hamas.

--Abbas wants to relieve Fatah rival Farouk alKaddoumi of his duties in the politburo of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), citing Kaddoumi's "continued absences" from PLO meetings as grounds.

--Israel plans to build a new settlement neighborhood in Jerusalem that will house some 2,000 Jewish settlers, according to Israeli activists group Ir Shalom.

QATAR

Sept. 1

--Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas to meet Qatari Prince Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, request Qatar use its influence with Hamas to convince it to hold scheduled elections.

Sept. 4

--Qatar Petroleum signs oil and gas agreement with China's National Offshore Oil Corporation.

SAUDI ARABIA

Aug. 29

--A suicide bomber makes failed attempt to kill Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who heads Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism campaign, the first attack on a member of the royal family since the start of a wave of violence by al-Qaeda six years ago; Qaeda claims attack.

Aug. 31

--Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef defends the policy of enticing "repentant" militants after one tried to assassinate his son, but warns could be worse ahead; Security at oil plants is tightened.

--Saudi Arabia, Russia reportedly on the verge of signing a $2 billion arms deal.

Sept. 2

--Wounded Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef reveals phone conversation with hired assassin.

Sept. 3

--Wanted Saudi militant Fawwaz Al-Otaibi surrenders to authorities.

--Riyadh foils attempt to smuggle arms into Saudi Arabia from Yemen, arms captured but smugglers escape.

SYRIA

Aug. 29

--U.N. inspectors analyze further evidence taken from a nuclear research plant in Damascus; Compare it to samples taken from bombed site in Deir ez Zour.

Aug. 31

--Iran's FM Manouchehr Mottaki arrives in Syria to try to bridge rift between Syria, Iraq; Meets Pres. Bashar al-Assad, who stresses Iranian-Syrian ties.

--Syrian paper says US scolded Maliki "for uncalculated moves with Syria"

--Iraq's FM Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad wants to contain the crisis with Damascus, but demands an international tribunal to try the suspected perpetrators of recent bombings.

--Mottaki proposes "holding a Iraqi neighbors' conference.

--The Syrian economy is expected to slow down in 2009, but recession is not anticipated.

Sept. 1

--Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu in Baghdad tries to heal Syria-Iraq rift, but Syria, Iraq continue to trade accusations; Syria's Assad says Iraq's accusations unethical; Iraqi's PM Nuri al-Maliki insists on international tribunal, says Syria harboring 90% of terrorists coming to Iraq.

Sept. 3

--Syria accuses Iraq of fabricating evidence through media; Says if Iraq decides to sabotage ties, Syria will take required measures.

--Syria-Iraq crisis causes domestic Iraqi disagreement.

--Davutoglu continues to try to heal the rift between Iraq and Syria.

Sept. 4

--Maliki challenges Syria to explain why it shelters armed groups that Iraq blames for staging bombings in its territory; Appeals to the UN to establish tribunal; -Assad warns against internationalizing row, says shows weakness.

--Jordanian PM Nader Dahabi heads to Iraq with initiative for easing tensions between Iraq, Syria.

--Russia confirms negotiating with Syria to supply it with a modernized MiG-31E interceptor aircraft.

TURKEY

Sept. 1

--Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu in Baghdad tries to heal Syria-Iraq rift; but Syria's Pres.

Bashar al-Assad says Iraq's accusations unethical; Iraqi's PM Nuri al-Maliki insists on UN tribunal, says Syria harboring 90% of terrorists coming to Iraq.

Sept. 4

--Iraqi Water Resources Minister Abdul Latif Rasheed says Turkey breaking pledge on water supply from Euphrates, Tigris rivers; Says region needs united water policy.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Aug. 29

--UAE seizes a cargo of North Korean weapons being shipped to Iran.

YEMEN

Aug. 31

--Yemen says rebel explosives expert Ahmed Jaran killed by army in Saada province.

Sept. 1

--Yemen accuses Iranian media of bias towards Shiite rebels fighting govt troops in N. Yemen; Summons the Iranian ambassador; Warns it could take unspecified steps in response.

Sept. 2

--Govt. rejects a truce offer by rebels; Fierce fighting traps 35,000 civilians; UN aid agencies say food, medical care, water, electricity lacking.

--Yemen ranks first in investment promotion among Arab countries--survey.

Sept. 3--Shiite Houthi rebels warn of a "long war."

--U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator John Holmes, issuing a $23.5 million appeal for the impoverished Gulf state, says displaced Yemenis may head across border to Saudi for safety.

Sept. 4

--Yemen kills three rebel leaders 11 other rebels.

--Houthi rebels accuse Saudi Arabia of backing the government, says captured dozens of troops.

--The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says humanitarian situation deteriorating and fighting is hampering aid operations.
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