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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa concludes visit to Pakistan

Pakistan and United Arab Emirates on Tuesday agreed to bolster trade and investment cooperation as President Pervez Musharraf and his counterpart Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan discussed ways to follow up efforts for revitalizing the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The two leaders also discussed a wide range of regional and international issues of common concern at an exclusive meeting at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. As part of efforts to spur bilateral economic cooperation, the two sides decided to hold the joint ministerial commission meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries in the next three months.

The visiting UAE President expressed his sorrow over the October 8 earthquake tragedy and said the Emirates would continue to help Pakistan in their reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. During formal talks, Musharraf again emphasized that the Muslim countries must contribute .05 of their GDP for the socio-economic betterment of OIC member sates. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz bid him farewell at Chaklala Air Base at the end of Sheikh Khalifa's visit.

Settlers build 13 West Bank outposts 

Jewish settlers set up 13 makeshift outposts in the West Bank on Tuesday, in a campaign to show their strength after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, a spokeswoman said. Israel is meant to remove dozens of settler outposts in the occupied West Bank not formally authorised by the government under a U.S.-backed plan for peace with the Palestinians, but has failed to do so. Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that "settlement activities severely hurt Palestinian efforts to maintain calm". He urged Israel "to cease these activities and uproot the outposts"

Militant arrested after killing five Saudi policemen 

Five Saudi policemen were killed on Tuesday during a shooting spree by a gunman whom security sources said was a wanted militant. An Interior Ministry statement, on the official Saudi Press Agency, said a man was arrested after shooting three policemen at a checkpoint in Qassim province, site of several shootouts with al Qaeda-linked militants. Earlier, the same gunman had killed two policemen on patrol near the northern town of Buraida. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television named the man as Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Suweilmi and said he was on a list of 36 wanted militants linked to al Qaeda. It said Suweilmi was an Internet specialist who had helped the Saudi wing of al Qaeda post statements on the Web.

Sri Lankan president arrives in India, to discuss peace process 

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in India Tuesday for a four-day visit which he has said will aim to secure a greater role for India in the island's fragile peace process. "They are our closest neighbour and it is very important for me to have them involved in the process," Rajapakse told reporters in Colombo ahead of the visit. The president said he expects India to play a similar role to that of the four "co-chairs" -- the United States, European Union, Japan and Norway.

Lebanon detains Syrian suspect in Tueini's killing 

Lebanon has detained a Syrian suspect in the killing of anti-Syrian lawmaker and newspaper magnate Gebran Tueni, judicial sources said on Tuesday. Abdel-Qadir Abdel-Qadir, a scrap dealer, was detained after questioning, a source said.

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