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MER chronology of the week.

ARABS

Sept. 10

--US Defense Secretary Robert Gates urges US allies in the Arab world to pressure Iran into stopping its nuclear proliferation program; Concerned by Iran's Influence over Iraq.

EGYPT

Sept. 7

--Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas leaves Cairo after talks with Egypt's Pres. Hosni Mubarak.

--Khaled Meshaal in new push for inter-Palestinian reconciliation

Sept. 8

--The Egyptian foreign ministry warns Egyptian citizens against entering Lebanon illegally.

Sept. 11

IRAN

Sept. 7

--Baghdad govt sends military reinforcements to the Syrian, Iranian, Saudi borders for monitoring.

--Iran says has developed new weapon to intercept stealth cruise missiles.

Sept. 8

--Ahmadinejad rejects US deadline for nuclear talks with superpowers, says discussion on issue is finished.

Sept. 9

--Authorities close office of pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi, detain top aid; Raid office of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi

--Ahmadinejad says Iranian people are "ready for a just and fair regional dialogue.

Sept. 10

--Iran gives a package of proposals to world powers; US claims Iran close to being able to make atomic bomb.

--U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates urges US allies in the Arab world to pressure Iran into stopping its nuclear proliferation program.

Sept. 11

--Iran puts forward proposal package including global system to eliminate nuclear weapons. Russia says will not back oil sanctions on Iran.

IRAQ

Sept. 5

--Iraqi govt amasses troops on the border with Syria in bid to prevent entry of foreign fighters.

--PM Nuri al-Maliki sends an official message to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon requesting an international probe into deadly bombings;

Sept. 7

--Maliki urges UN special envoy to Baghdad Ad Melkert to act on Iraq's motion to establish an international tribunal to try suspects for Iraq's Aug. 19 bombings.

--Kurdish mayor Barzan Said Kaka says he has no choice but to declare independence from the largely Arab-run council of Nineveh province.

--Baghdad govt sends military reinforcements to the Syrian, Iranian, Saudi borders for monitoring.

--Maliki warns that anyone nurturing criminals will definitely pay the price, in jab at Syria.

--Syria refuses to hand over Baathists to Iraq.

Sept. 8

--Iraqis stage peaceful protests that called on Damascus to extradite Baathists accused by Baghdad of being behind a string of bombings that rocked Iraq last month.

--Govt lays off a number of officers from the Interior Ministry, including the director of security operations Brig. Gen. Abdel Karim Khalaf; Interior minister Jawad Boulani motions to keep Khalaf.

--Three bombs kill 19: outside mosque, on a minibus, at Ramadi police checkpoint.

--Baathists in Syria "always fear detention," says former Baathist commander Abu Walid.

Sept. 9

--Presidential Council slams Maliki's escalation of Iraq-Syria dispute, wants to help resolve conflict.

--Iraq's FM Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad insists Syria hand over suspects.

--The Supreme Criminal Court in Iraq has issued a warrant for the arrest of Iraq's Ambassador to Amman, the head of the Iraqi Board of Supreme Audit, Abdel Baset al-Turki for crimes against humanity, wasting Iraqi govt. national funds.

Sept. 10

--Syria's FM Walid al-Muallem, Iraq's FM Hoshyar Zebari trade accusations in Cairo on the sidelines of the Arab foreign ministers conference Agree to halt media campaigns, resolve dispute diplomatically.

--Dawn suicide bomb in northern Kurdish village of Wardek kills 19, wounds 25.

--Truck bomb kills 8 members of a single family, Levels one house in Kirkuk.

Sept. 11

--Iraq's VP Tariq al-Hashemi confirms are "real disagreements" between the premiership and the presidency over the "transgressions of constitutional authorities," which are not new.

ISRAEL

Sept. 5

--Netanyahu expands Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territories; US dismayed.

Sept. 7

--Israel intends to okay 500 new settler homes before US freeze in place; Some 2,500 already under construction

--Abbas open to meeting Netanyahu if clear vision on settlements" discussed.

Sept. 8

--Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak approves the building of 455 new settlements in W. Bank; move draws criticism from US, Palestinians.

Sept. 9

--Senior Israeli official Amos Gilad doubts Syria able to curb Hizbullah; Says Hizbullahstan' much more powerful than Lebanon.

--The EU expresses serious concern about 445 new settler homes in the occupied W. Bank, calling them an obstacle to peace.

--Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says more than half of the Palestinians killed in the Gaza war were civilians.

Sept. 10

--Netanyahu reportedly agreed to withdraw from the Golan Heights during first term as PM--Israeli paper.

--Gilad tells Hamas Israel will "destroy" it if it threatens Tel Aviv with its missiles.

--Netanyahu secretly visits Moscow in a bid to dissuade Russia from selling weapons to Iran--Israeli media; Russia denies reports.

--UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern about Israel's decision to approve 445 new settler homes.

--Israel warns Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu against visiting the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during expected October trip to Israel.

Sept. 11

--Netanyahu says Israel will compromise for peace but will not "be suckers".

--Syrian FM Walid al-Muallem states Syria will not take any measures to normalize ties with Israel in return for its freezing of settlements.

JORDAN

Sept. 7

--Three senior, moderate Islamists resign from the group's executive bureau in protest at the dissolution of the group's politburo: the first deputy Secretary General of the Islamic Action Front (IAF) Ruhail Gharaybeh, Mamdouh Muheisen and Ahmed Kafaween.

LEBANON

Sept. 5

--The UAE embassy denies press report that Palestinians, Lebanese expelled from UAE.

--Separate armed clashes in Tripoli result in the death of three people, including a policeman.

--Hizbullah, Amal pledge not to enter the new govt. unless Aoun included.

Sept. 7

--Suleiman stresses importance of national consensus after seeing MP Walid Jumblat.

--Bassil blasts recent reports suggesting that Hariri might opt for a unipolar govt.

--The FPM calls for a study to be made into ruins of a prehistoric city "Ortoza," recently discovered in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared.

Sept. 8

--Security authorities arrest a member of the al-Qaeda inspired Islamist organization Fatah-Islam, Ahmed Ghosh, confiscate weapons cache.

--Hariri presents 30-member cabinet list to Suleiman; Opposition rejects it.

--Aoun calls for FPM in Hariri's cabinet to resign immediately.

--Energy Minister Alain Tabourian reaches an agreement with Suleiman, outgoing PM Fuad Siniora to find an exceptional legal framework within 10 days to purchase energy generators to raise energy production.

--The Egyptian foreign ministry warns Egyptian citizens against entering Lebanon illegally, due to gangs out to exploit them.

--Death threat sent to Fuad Sultani, the father of Rawi Sultani who is accused by Israel of monitoring the movements of Israel's army chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi before trying to kill him.

Sept. 9

--Five people are arrested in connection with the Barouk Internet center.

--Opposition delegation meets with Suleiman, rejects Hariri's proposed cabinet.

--Berri, Jumblat led Saudi-sponsored efforts to find a solution to Hariri's proposal, fine tune it to accommodate the demands of the opposition.

--Phalange Party unhappy with list, only one minor ministry.

--Senior Israeli official Amos Gilad doubts Syria able to curb Hizbullah; Says 'Hizbullahstan' much more powerful than Lebanon itself.

Sept. 10

--Berri, Jumblat call for restraint by all parties; Berri meets with over 35 MPs.

--Lebanon's Arabian Construction Company to build world's tallest residential tower in Dubai.

Sept. 11

--The IAEA airlifts deadly radioactive 36 Cobalt60 sources out of Lebanon and sends it to Russia to ensure it did not fall into the wrong hands.

--Hariri resigns as PM-designate after meeting with Suleiman; Fresh consultations due.

--Qatar's PM Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al-Thani in Paris says Qatar ready to host another Lebanese summit in Doha.

--Hariri calls for calm, says everybody should sacrifice for Lebanon.

--Geagea says no gov't soon, March 8 clarified stances by rejecting govt.

--Syria's Deputy FM Faisal al-Mekdad stresses that the Syrian army will never return to Lebanon.

LIBYA

Sept. 7

--Libya to initiate probe into 1996 Tripoli prison massacre 13 years ago in which over 1,000 people died, appoints judge.

Sept. 11

--Top Libyan reformist and newspaper editor Mahmoud Bousifi says a new constitution is ready for approval.

MIDDLE EAST

Sept. 9

--US docks the USS Higgins destroyer in Israel to cover the Mediterranean in the event of a regional military showdown, in response to Iran's long-range missiles.

PALESTINIANS

Sept. 5

--The UAE embassy in Beirut denies a press report claiming that Palestinians, Lebanese have been expelled from the UAE without reason.

--Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu expands Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territories as suspension nears; US dismayed.

Sept. 7

--Former US Pres. Jimmy Carter says Palestinian leaders "seriously considering" a one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

--Abbas leaves Cairo after talks with Egypt's Mubarak; Abbas says will not convene with Netanyahu before a settlement freeze.

--Israel intends to okay 500 new settler homes before US freeze in place.

--Abbas open to meeting Netanyahu if clear vision on settlements" discussed.

Sept. 8

--Islamic Jihad opposes Hamas' Islamization of Gaza, security behavior, say unnamed Palestinian sources.

Sept. 9

--Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says more than half of the Palestinians killed in the Gaza war were civilians.

--Islamic Jihad holds unprecedented workshop in Damascus, discuss group's policies, military development, relations with Hamas.

--Abbas in meeting with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz urges Arabs to adopt a stern, united stance against Israel.

Sept. 10

--Israeli General Amos Gilad tells Hamas Israel will "destroy" it if it threatens Tel Aviv with its missiles.

--Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshaal in Nigeria says Hamas, other militant groups in Gaza continue to buy, manufacture, and traffic arms despite the crippling Israel-imposed siege.

--Israel warns Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu against visiting the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during expected October trip to Israel.

--Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath says group sending delegation to Gaza next week for to prepare for dialogue; Hamas denies.

Sept. 11

--Egypt proposes delaying Palestinian polls until factions reconcile; Calls for elections in first half of 2010, restructuring security agencies.

SAUDI ARABIA

Sept. 7

--Baghdad govt sends military reinforcements to the Syrian, Iranian, Saudi borders for monitoring.

--The Syrian embassy in Riyadh criticizes "suspicious" Saudi websites for publishing what they claimed to be official warnings to Saudis not to travel to Syria for fear of theft or kidnapping; The Saudi embassy in Damascus denies having issued the warnings.

--Saudi cleric Sheikh Salman al Awdah says Muslims should avoid prayers that call for the destruction of non-Muslims, as not Islamic.

Sept. 9

--Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas meets with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz urges Arabs to adopt a stern, united stance against Israel.

SUDAN

Sept. 7

--Tribesmen kill 20 people, including a chief and his family, in an attack on a south Sudan village.

Sept. 8

--Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese journalist, refuses to pay a court-imposed fine for wearing trousers, chooses to be sentenced to jail for one month.

Sept. 9

--Journalists Union pays Lubna Hussein's fine.

Sept. 10

--U.S. envoy to Sudan Scott Gration visits south; to hold series of 3-way conferences with northern, southern rivals.

Sept. 11

--Sudan's northern, southern leaders fail to agree on how to conduct a referendum on independence for the south; Lack of trust cited.

SYRIA

Sept. 5

--Iraqi govt amasses troops on the border with Syria in a bid to prevent entry of foreign fighters.

--EU commissioner for external relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner says EU near agreeing an offer to Syria of closer ties.

Sept. 7

--Baghdad govt sends military reinforcements to the Syrian, Iranian, Saudi borders for monitoring.

--Maliki warns that anyone nurturing criminals will definitely pay the price, in jab at Syria.

--Syria refuses to hand over Baathists to Iraq.

--The Syrian embassy in Riyadh criticizes "suspicious" Saudi websites, for publishing what they claimed to be official warnings to Saudis not to travel to Syria for fear of theft or kidnapping; The Saudi embassy in Damascus denies having issued the warnings.

Sept. 8

--Iraqis stage peaceful protests that called on Damascus to extradite Baathists accused by Baghdad of being behind a string of bombings that rocked Iraq last month.

Sept. 9

--Senior Israeli official Amos Gilad doubts Syria able to curb Hizbullah; Says 'Hizbullahstan' much more powerful than Lebanon itself.

--Presidential Council slams Maliki's escalation of Iraq-Syria dispute, wants to be involved in resolution of the conflict.

--Iraq's FM Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad Insists Syria hand over suspects.

--Govt gets ready to launch a set of initiatives for partnership between the private and public sectors to fund infrastructure-related projects.

Sept. 10

--Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu previously agreed to withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights during first term as PM--Israeli paper.

--FM Walid al-Muallem, Zebari trade accusations in Cairo on the sidelines of the Arab foreign ministers' conference; Agree to halt media campaigns, Resolve dispute diplomatically.

Sept. 11

--Deputy FM Faisal al-Mekdad stresses that the Syrian army will never return to Lebanon.

--Muallem states Syria will not take any measures to normalize ties with Israel in return for a freezing of settlements by the Jewish state.

TURKEY

Sept. 8

--Preparations are afoot for a four-way conference in Cairo between the foreign ministers of Syria, Iraq, and Turkey and Arab League Chief Amr Moussa on the sidelines of the Arab foreign ministers conference.

Sept. 9

--Kurdish rebels kill six Turkish soldiers in two attacks in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Sept. 10

--Israel warns Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu against visiting the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during expected October trip to Israel.

--Supporters of the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) exiled in Iraq want homeland; seek a way back to Turkey.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Sept. 5

--The UAE embassy in Beirut denies a press report claiming that Palestinians, Lebanese have been expelled from the UAE without reason.

Sept. 10

--Lebanon's Arabian Construction Company (ACC) wins a $400 million contract to build in Dubai the Pentominium, the world's tallest residential tower.

YEMEN

Sept. 5

--Yemen's Supreme Security Committee accuses northern Houthi rebels of reigniting fighting in Saada province by breaking a truce designed to allow access for humanitarian aid.

Sept. 7

--Yemen rebels deny govt accusations that they broke a truce, say authorities using humanitarian issues as a pretext to press ahead with attacks.

Sept. 8

--The US offers to help Yemen in its "fight against terrorism" and assist the country with its reforms.

Sept. 9

--Four Yemenis carrying hand grenades and guns are arrested near the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

--The UNHCR says Yemeni civilians at risk from street battles, having to flee on mined roads; Is awaiting security clearance to open a humanitarian corridor from Saudi Arabia into the border area on the Yemen side.

Sept. 10

--Yemen's US-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh claims the Zaydi rebels been receiving funding from Iranian sides; Iran denies claims.

--Sanaa claims dealt rebels painful blows; 17 rebels killed in recent battle.

Sept. 11

--Sanaa continues to pound Houthis, says advanced to rebel outposts, killed 17 rebels, captured four in fighting; Houthis says killed Yemeni soldiers.

--Russia doctor kidnapped in northeast, kidnappers demand release of convict in exchange.
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