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MER chronology of the week.

ARABS

Sept. 28

--The Arab group at the UN asks the US for non-written guarantees on Mideast peace.

--U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets senior officials from nine Arab states to discuss Mideast peace issues as well as Iran's nuclear program and recent violence in Iraq, Yemen.

--Iraq's PM Nuri al-Maliki says the position of Arab states to Iraq has improved but is still not up to par; Arabs view of Iraq still suspicious.

--The US urges Arab states to provide political backing for Palestinians to begin peace talks with Israel even is no freeze on Jewish settlements.

BAHRAIN

Sept. 28

--The Bahraini foreign ministry categorically rejects normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel, stresses no Bahraini diplomats in Israel.

Sept. 30

--Bahrain's FM Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa raises concerns about a military strike on Iran or an agreement that excludes the Arabs; Kingdom will normalize ties with Israel if genuine peace process launched.

--Sheikh Khalid tells UN General Assembly meeting in New York that the key to Arab-Israeli peace is to introduce the Israeli people to the Arab Peace Initiative in simplest, friendliest ways.

EGYPT

Sept. 28

--Israeli security sources say a technical fault prevented the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Sinai, Egypt in July; Media reports claim that bomb planted by a cell related to Lebanon's Hizbullah and other organizations; Egyptian security sources deny the reports.

Oct. 1

--Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood community launches campaign to unite the ranks of the Egyptian opposition.

--The Egyptian govt launches 52 infrastructure projects at a cost of $20 billion.

GULF

Sept. 30

--Sovereign wealth funds of four Gulf States incurred losses of around $350 billion in 2008, but were injected with $300 billion of state oil revenues--UN report.

Oct. 1

--Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries plan an alert system to give their banks better protection against future financial crises.

Oct. 2

--UAE to construct Etihad Railways as part of network to link GCC states.

IRAN

Sept. 26

--U.S. Pres. Barack Obama, after G20 summit in Pittsburgh, warns Iran it must come clean about its nuclear program in talks next week or else face "sanctions that have bite."

--UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband says UK committed to the diplomatic track with Iran.

--Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev says nuclear plant "a source of serious concern."

--The head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, warns West not to repeat mistakes made with Iraq in dealing with Iran's nuclear program.

Sept. 28

--Iran test-fires long-range missile Sahbab 3 as part of war games; also tests short, medium range missiles.

--U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates seeks diplomacy, sanctions rather than military action to persuade Iran to change its nuclear program.

--UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expresses grave concern" over news of new nuclear site.

--Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman says new site proves Iran seeking nuclear weapons. Sept. 29

--Missile-testing evokes wide criticism from UK, EU, US; concern from Russia.

--Iran security forces attack, dismantle terrorist cell; 2 police, 4 gunmen killed.

Oct. 2

--Iran, six major powers hold productive talks over Tehran's nuclear program; Iran agrees to allow U.N. inspectors into newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant at Qom.

IRAQ

Sept. 28

--Pres. Jalal Talbani speaks of unannounced US-Iranian agreement over Iraq; Plays up prospects of military strike on Iran; Rejects Iraqi govt's appeal for UN commission into recent bombings.

--PM Nuri al-Maliki says the position of Arab states to Iraq has improved but is still not good enough; Arabs view of Iraq still suspicious.

--Syria's FM Walid al-Muallem, Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari hold third meeting in presence of Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu, Arab League Chief Amr Moussa on sidelines of New York UN meeting.

--Muallem confers in New York with US special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, US Assistant Secretary for Middle Eastern affairs Jeffery Feltman; Discuss bilateral ties, Mideast peace.

Sept. 29

--Bomb attacks across Iraq kills at least 13.

--Iraq approves a project proposed by a UAE-Algerian company to produce biofuel from rotting dates as export market declines.

Sept. 30

--Iraqi govt. spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says govt prefers formation of an UN commission to probe the Aug. 19 bombings in Iraq than in the four-way meetings aimed at ending the IraqSyria dispute.

Oct. 1

--The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warns of a lack of respect for human life in Iraq, with average monthly death toll of 500.

Oct. 2

--Civilian deaths in Iraq in September falls to 125 in September; lowest since US invasion in 2003.

ISRAEL

Sept. 28

--Israel threatens Lebanon with war if antiaircraft missiles are smuggled to Hizbullah.

--Israeli, Palestinians clash at divisive site of alAqsa mosque in Old City of Jerusalem; Reasons disputed; Palestinians warn Israel not to thwart hopes for peace talks after flare-up.

--Palestinian refugees in camps in S. Lebanon stage a demonstration against the recent "attacks on the al-Aqsa mosque in E. Jerusalem."

--Israeli security sources say a technical fault prevented the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Sinai, Egypt in July; Media reports claim bomb planted by a cell related to Lebanon's Hizbullah; Egyptian security denies the reports.

Sept. 29

--Palestinians' Western-backed govt praises defenders of al-Aqsa who fought Israeli police.

--Fatah official Mohammad Dahlan warns Israel it is "playing with fire," third Intifada may erupt.--Saudi Arabia says it will not normalize ties with Israel until the latter withdraws to pre-1967 borders, freezes settlements, and establishes a free and self-determining Palestinian state.

--Israel tells the Palestinian Authority (PA) it will give permit to set up a new mobile phone company in parts of the West Bank under Jewish authority only if retracts its motion to probe the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza-Haaretz.

--Ateret Cohanim, a Jewish organization committed to populating East Jerusalem with Jewish residents, announces it has six properties in the Old City to sell to 22 Jewish families.

Sept. 30

--A report published by Israeli generals concludes that Hizbullah "outfought" Israel during the 33-day July-August 2006 war.--The US calls on Israel to conduct credible investigations into allegations of war crimes committed by its forces in Gaza, saying it would help the Mideast peace process; Also say Hamas has a responsibility to investigate war crimes.

Oct. 1

--Fatah blasts Israel over al Aqsa violation, threatens with third intifada.

--Anti-drugs expert Essam Jouwaihan accuses Israel of waging war on Palestinians by flooding market with drugs, supporting drug trafficking.

Oct. 2

--Israeli diplomat Shmuel Polishok returns home after being detained by Russia for espionage.

--PM Benjamin Netanyahu threatens that if the UN endorses the Goldstone report, which criticized Israel's January war in Gaza, prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace will be harmed.

JORDAN

Sept. 29

--The US, Jordan sign five agreements by which the US will grant the kingdom $411 million in aid.

LEBANON

Sept. 26

--UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander General Claudio Graziano says no war on the horizon on Lebanon's south border.

--PM-designate Saad al-Hariri resumes consultations with MPs on forming new govt.

--FM Fawzi Salloukh says best way to resolve the Palestinian refugees issue is by achieving comprehensive, fair Mideast peace.

Sept. 28

--UNIFIL hands over control of Kfar Shuba Lake to Lebanese authorities.

--Hizbullah MP Mohammad Raad says Hizbullah to facilitate the formation of the Lebanese govt.

--Israel threatens Lebanon with war if antiaircraft missiles are smuggled to Hizbullah.

--Palestinian refugees in camps in S Lebanon stage a demonstration against the recent "attacks on the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem."

--The Sixth Francophone Games are launched in Beirut with a lavish ceremony attended by top Lebanese and international officials.

--US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman renews US support for Lebanon, stresses no US interference.

--Leader of the anti-Syrian Lebanese Forces (LF) Samir Geagea calls for govt of the majority.

--Lebanon's Internal Security (ISF) Director General Ashraf Rifi warns the situation in Roumieh prison is like a volcano ready to erupt.

--French FM Bernard Kouchner says Hizbullah ministers have accepted an offer by the French foreign ministry to visit France.

--Israeli Security sources say a technical fault prevented the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Sinai, Egypt in July; Media reports claim bomb planted by a cell related to Lebanon's Hizbullah; Egyptian security denies the reports.

Sept. 29

--Syrian paper Tishreen says Lebanon facing crisis of system not govt; Says is "virtually dead."

--US VP Joe Biden expresses US "unwavering" support for Lebanon.

--French PM Francois Fillon holds a news conference after meeting with House Speaker Nabih Berri, Hariri, and Suleiman; Hopes the Lebanese govt will be formed asap.

--MP Mustafa Alloush says new complications obstructing gov't, despite prior obstacles waning.

--Beirut ranks 175th place among 215 cities worldwide in the 2009 Quality of Living Survey by international HR consulting firm Mercer.

Sept. 30

--More Lebanese reportedly ordered to leave the UAE, raising fears of a crisis looming between Lebanon and the UAE over issue.

--President Michel Suleiman credited by media for removing obstacle, by saying okay with politicians who lost in the last election being appointed as ministers in the new government.

--The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) releases a 14-page report detailing the "complete work" of the tribunal during its first six months.

--A report published by Israeli generals concludes that Hizbullah "outfought" Israel during the 33-day July-August 2006 war.

--Bus crash near Syrian border kills two, one Lebanese and one Canadian citizen of Palestinian origin, injures 43.

Oct. 1

--Lebanese majority accuses Syria of interference, aiming to "blow up" Taif Accord.

--Phalange party insists on 2 govt portfolios.

--Muallem in Paris stresses Syria's keenness on a unity government in Lebanon; Says no French demands made of Syria regarding Lebanon.

Oct. 2

--Islamist groups in Lebanon, which are close to the West and Saudi-backed ruling majority, deny the presence of al-Qaeda in refugee camps.

--Committee of deported UAE residents hold a news conference, say Shiites asked for information on Hizbullah's dealings in Lebanon prior to, during, and after 2006 war with Israel.

--Lebanese army raid to arrest men wanted for robberies in the Bekaa turns into a shootout; Both wanted men are killed, one soldier injured.

--Lebanon's public debt increases to $47.3 billion in first half of 2009.

MIDDLE EAST

Sept. 28

--The US urges Arab states to provide political backing for the Palestinians to begin peace talks with Israel even no freeze on Jewish settlements.

Sept. 30

--Bahrain's FM Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad alKhalifa raises concerns about a military strike on Iran or an agreement that excludes the Arabs; Kingdom will normalize ties with Israel if genuine peace process launched.

--Sheikh Khaled says at the UN Assembly meeting in New York that the key to Arab-Israeli peace is to introduce the Israeli people to the Arab Peace Initiative in simplest, friendliest ways.

Oct. 1

--Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas compromises by backtracking on his demands for Israel to freeze settlements in order to hold direct peace talks with Israel--paper.

OMAN

Oct. 1

--Oman's FM Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah stresses that Arab-Iranian animosity not in the interest of Arabs, Urges international community to take its time to resolve nuclear issue.

PALESTINIANS

Sept. 26

--Palestinians seek state but via peaceful means; Not at expense of Hamas--US-backed poll.

Sept. 28

--Palestinian refugees in camps in S. Lebanon stage a demonstration against the recent "attacks on the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem."

--Islamist Palestinian group Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshaal arrives in Cairo to resume talks with Egyptian officials on a proposal for reconciliation with the rival Fatah group.

--World communists convene in Damascus to show support for the Palestinian cause, "offset the US-Israeli scheme in the region."

Sept. 29

--Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Meshaal meets with Head of Egyptian Intelligence Omar Suleiman; Expresses optimism at Egypt's proposal to reconcile Hamas, Fatah.

--Palestinian Islamist group Hamas de facto PM in Gaza Ismail Hanieh calls on Morocco's King Mohammad VI to convene an urgent meeting of the Jerusalem Committee, which he heads.

--Palestinians' Western-backed govt praise defenders of al-Aqsa, who fought Israeli police.

--Fatah official Mohammad Dahlan warns Israel it is "playing with fire," third intifada may erupt.

--Israel tells Palestinian Authority (PA) will give permit to set up a new mobile phone company in parts of the West Bank which are under Jewish authority only if retracts its motion to probe the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza--Haaretz.

--Ateret Cohanim, a Jewish organization committed to populating East Jerusalem with Jewish residents, announces it has six properties in the Old City to sell to 22 Jewish families.

Sept. 30

--The US calls on Israel to conduct credible investigations into allegations of war crimes committed by its forces in Gaza, to help the Mideast peace process; Also says Hamas has a responsibility to investigate war crimes.

--Hamas decides to open a new office for the Palestinian Legislative Council in Damascus to facilitate legislative proceedings and meetings.

--300 Palestinian families in al-Nayrab refugee camp receive residential apartments in Ein Attal camp in Aleppo after the completion of the first phase of a rehabilitation project run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Oct. 1

--PA Pres Mahmoud Abbas compromises by backtracking on his demands for Israel to freeze settlements in order to hold direct peace talks with the Jewish state--paper.

--Fatah blasts Israel over al-Aqsa violation, threatens with third intifada.

--Anti-drugs expert Essam Jouwaihan says 20,000 Palestinian youths in Jerusalem use drugs, and thousands are total adicts; Blames Israel for waging war on Palestinians by flooding market with drugs, supporting drug trafficking.

Oct. 2

--Fatah Central Committee member Mohammad Dahlan says no peace talks to be held between Israel and Palestinians until settlements frozen, past Israeli-Palestinian agreements recognized.

--Video showing captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to be handed over to Israel after release of Palestinian detainees.

SAUDI ARABIA

Sept. 28

--Al Qaeda's Yemeni wing is targeting Saudi individuals to ask for donations to support its fight against the Sanaa govt.--Al Arabiya TV.

Sept. 29

--Saudi Arabia says it will not normalize ties with Israel until the latter withdraws to pre-1967 borders, freezes settlements, and establishes a free and self-determining Palestinian state.

Sept. 30

--U.S. government watchdog the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issues report saying Saudi Arabia's drive to disrupt al Qaeda financing networks should be more strictly enforced, Yemen is emerging as a new base for terror groups plotting against U.S. and Saudi interests.

Oct. 2

--Riyadh denies reports of an agreement to allow Israel to use Saudi airspace to attack Iran.

--Saudi reportedly working on a $2-7 billion agreement with Russia for S-400 missiles, to scupper $750 million Iran-Russia deal.

--Senior Saudi cleric Sheikh Saad al-Shithri wants religious scholars to vet the curriculum at the new, co-ed King Abdullah's University of Science and Technology (KAUST.

SUDAN

Sept. 28

--Pres. Omar al-Bashir orders an end to state censorship of media; announcement is cautiously welcomed. Oct. 1

--Over 20 parties threaten to boycott forthcoming elections if the state's dominant party does not push through promised reforms in 2 months.

Oct. 2

--Militaries in north and south Sudan are engaging in an arms race that risks plunging the nation back into civil war--study.

SYRIA

Sept. 28

--FM Walid al-Muallem, Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari hold third meeting in the presence of Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu and Arab League Chief Amr Moussa on sidelines of UN meeting in New York.

--Muallem confers in New York with US special Middle East envoy George Mitchell and US Assistant Secretary for Middle Eastern affairs Jeffery Feltman and discussed bilateral ties and the region's peace process.

Sept. 29

--FM Walid al-Muallem gives speech at the UN General Assembly in New York; Says open to resolving row with Iraq; Accuses Israel of not providing basic peace requirements.

Sept. 30

-- Muallem, French FM Bernard Kouchner stress in Paris the Lebanese should form own govt.

--Iraq's FM Hoshyar Zebari stresses the lack of seriousness in the series of talks between Baghdad and Damascus to resolve recent row.

--Syrian Deputy FM Faisal al-Mikdad, the top Syrian official to visit the U.S. in five years, holds talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew to boost tentative links.

Oct. 1

--Muallem in Paris stresses Syria's keenness on a unity government in Lebanon; Says no French demands made of Syria regarding Lebanon.

--Muallem calls for normal Syrian-US ties as a requirement for resuming Mideast talks; Says attacking Iran not in the interest of Arabs.

--Deputy FM Faisal al-Mikdad concludes talks with US officials in Washington; Focused on the US-imposed sanctions against Syria, contentious issues between US, Syria, regional issues.

Oct. 2

--Iraq's PM Nuri al-Maliki announces new coalition "State of Law" to run against former Shiite allies of the Iraqi National Alliance in January polls; Includes Shiites, minorities.

TURKEY

Sept. 30

--Turkey's govt wants year extension to mandate allowing its military to attack Kurdish rebels in north Iraq.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Sept. 30

--More Lebanese reportedly ordered to leave the UAE, raising fears of a crisis looming between Lebanon and the UAE about this issue.

Oct. 2

--UAE to construct Etihad Railways as part of network to link GCC states.

--Committee of deported UAE residents hold a news conference explaining the controversial reports of deportations; Say Lebanese Shiites targeted, asked for information on Hizbullah's dealings in Lebanon prior to, during, and after the 2006 war with Israel.

YEMEN

Sept. 28

--Al Qaeda's Yemeni wing is targeting Saudi individuals to ask for donations to support its fight against the Sanaa govt--Al Arabiya TV.

--Yemen's army is ready to fight Shiite rebels for years if necessary, says Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Sept. 29

--Southern separatists engage Yemeni troops in clash in Abyan province.

Sept. 30

--Shiite rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi denies govt claims that insurgents want to set up a Shiite state in N. Yemen, describes conflict as a fight for rights; Denies Iran backing rebels.

Oct. 1

--One man dies after clashes in Yemen between security forces and southern separatists.

--Former leader of the south Yemeni republic Ali Salem al-Baidh calls on Arabs, Iran for help in battle with Yemen govt.

Oct. 2

--Yemen accuses a leading figure among separatists in the south, Tarek al-Fadhli, of being behind an assassination attempt against Nasser Mansour Hadi, head of Yemen's political security body in the south; Fadhli denies any involvement.
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