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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 05:27 GMT 06:27 UK
MIDDLE EAST


Damage to the USS Cole in a suicide bombing, October 2000 Yemen arrests embassy plotters
At least eight men are detained on suspicion of plotting an attack against FBI agents investigating the USS Cole explosion.
Algerian police use water canon to disperse protesters Algeria attack leaves 13 soldiers dead
At least 13 soldiers are killed by suspected Islamists in the latest attack in a nine-year-old insurgency.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iran media probe to go ahead
Iran's supreme leader overturns a decision blocking parliament from overseeing the budget of state radio and television.
Israel reconsiders ceasefire
Israeli cabinet ministers ponder the future of the Middle East ceasefire, blaming Palestinians for breaking it.
Egypt retracts statement on newspaper closure
The Egyptian state news agency withdraws a statement saying the government had closed down a newspaper that carried photographs of a former Coptic cleric allegedly having sex with a woman in a monastery.
Ex-CIA chief hails Lockerbie probe
The probe which led to the Lockerbie bomber being brought to justice is hailed as a great example of co-operation between countries.
BBC launches Dubai partnership
A joint venture makes BBCArabic.com content available via a UAE-based media hub.
Arabs discuss water crisis
A three-day conference has opened in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on ways of fighting the shortage of water in the Arab world.
Rising tide of Berber unrest
Berber protests in Algeria have mushroomed into a movement that threatens to engulf large areas of the country.
Iraq 'by-passing sanctions'
A report says the Iraqis have had little difficulty in securing the material needed to rebuild weapons sites, despite UN sanctions.
Syria withdraws troops from Beirut
Syrian soldiers have almost concluded their evacuation of Beirut after more than 20 years in the Lebanese capital.
Shimon Peres: Fighter for peace
The leader of Israel's Labour party has maintained ties with Arab leaders despite Ariel Sharon's harsh rhetoric.
Analysis: Annan's Middle East progress
Middle East correspondent Frank Gardner takes a look at what was achieved by United Secretary General Kofi Annan's visit to the Middle East.
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