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May 8 2008

– Arab Traffic Week launched at Al-Sa'eed Foundation for Science and Culture

Taiz Deputy Governor Mohammed Al-Hyagem called on all citizens of Taiz governorate to get involved with the activities of Arab Traffic Week from May 3 to 8, 2008 entitled, “Our Aim is Your Safety,” ensuring safety for all.

In a speech at the launch of Arab Traffic Week at Al-Sa'eed Foundation for Science and Culture, he hailed all of those affiliated with the Taiz Traffic Department for their efforts in serving citizens, urging them to strictly handle all negative phenomena and traffic law abusers. He further affirmed the support of the governorate's leadership in making the week successful.

The launch ceremony included opening an exhibit of children's drawings and pictures being held at the foundation and attended by the foundation's director, Sa'eed Fare'a, the Taiz Security director and several officials.

Fare'a indicated that the weeklong program's activities are varied, targeting all community groups via symposiums, lectures and parties involving numerous facilities.

Taiz Traffic Director Yahya Zaher mentioned the governorate's traffic accidents, noting that there were 11,600 traffic accidents between 1998 and 2007, which killed 2,275 and injured 18,952, while material damages are estimated at YR 1 billion.

The exhibit included 70 portraits expressing the dangers of speeding, which causes catastrophic accidents, as well as the dangers of motorcycles, which are numerous in the governorate.

Additionally, the show included memorial illustrations of past accidents, as well as pictures expressing the innocence of children, environmental safety and various portraits by schoolchildren.

Also among the traffic week activities is a film being shown nightly.

– CAC bank issues gold, silver, platinum credit cards

Cooperative and Agricultural Credit Bank (CAC (singed on Tuesday with American Express Company a membership agreement in field of issuing gold, silver, platinum credit cards.

Under the agreement singed by CAC bank chairman Hafed Meayad, and the director of Oman and the Middle East region of American Express Omar al-Baiti, CAC bank has the right to issue credit cards from the 1st class for the VIP.

The advisor of CAC Bank's governor Walid al-Dubae considered in remarks to Saba the agreement a progressed step added to the achievements and developments have been done by the bank in the banking and crediting field.

He made reference that CAC bank is the second Yemeni bank joined the membership of American Express Company to issue credit cards.

It is worth mentioning that American Express was established in 1850 in New York City, American Express Company was among the first and most successful express delivery businesses to arise during the rapid westward expansion of the United States.

– Gunmen kill Iraqi journalist during attempted kidnapping

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Iraqi journalist in Mosul on Sunday after she resisted their attempt to kidnap her. The journalist, Sarwa Abdul-Wahab, and her mother were walking back from a nearby market to the journalist's home when two masked gunmen pulled up in a car and tried to force the journalist into the waiting vehicle, according to The Associated Press. When she fought back, the gunmen shot her twice in the head, the AP reported.

“The killing of Sarwa Abdul-Wahab once again shows the world the incredible danger journalists working in Iraq face,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “We call upon the Iraqi authorities to do everything in their power to track down Abdul-Wahab's murderers and bring them to justice.”

Abdul-Wahab, 36, was a freelance contributor for an Iraqi news Web site, Muraslon, the site's editor, Mohamed al-Jebori, told CPJ. The AP reported that the site is affiliated with Masoud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party, but al-Jebori told CPJ that Muraslon has no political affiliation. He said she also worked for Saladin TV and was an attorney.

The head of the Iraqi Association for Journalists' Rights' Mosul branch, Yasir al-Hamadani, said Abdul-Wahab was a member, the AP reported. According to Reuters, Abdul-Wahab was working for a provincial electoral commission, but al-Jebori was unable to confirm this to CPJ.

Ibrahim Al-Saraj, head of the Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate, told CPJ that Abdul-Wahab had reported to him that she had received threatening phone calls two weeks ago warning her to quit her job “or else.” He and al-Jebori said they had each advised Abdul-Wahab to leave Mosul.

CPJ is investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of Abdul-Wahab to determine whether the killing was related to her work.

Iraq remains the world's deadliest nation for the press. At least 127 journalists and 50 media workers have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, according to CPJ research. Iraq also tops CPJ's Impunity Index, which measures unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of the population over the past decade.

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– OIC Secretary General highlights humanitarian action

Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Prof. Ekmeleddine Ihsanoglu, emphasized in a recent statement the paramount importance the OIC attaches to humanitarian action.

The statement came in the wake of the dedicated efforts Prof. Ihsanoglu has deployed in a bid to reinvigorate the OIC's work following the Dakar Summit held last March.

The Summit marked a historical turning-point in the OIC's progress with the adoption of an amended Charter.

The Secretary General pointed out the pressing need for humanitarian institutions to embrace more systemic and institutional management models grounded in well-defined strategic plans liable to periodic re-evaluation.

The statement by Ihsanoglu was made during the third meeting of the General Assembly of the International Islamic Relief Agency held on Thursday 1st May 2008 at the Holiday Al Salam Hotel, Jeddah.

The Secretary General's participation in the meeting came on the heels of a visit he conducted to the UK during which he met with a number of British government officials as well as officials from UK-based Islamic associations. Other activities by the Secretary General while in London included a lecture he delivered at the Center of Oxford University on Islam in Europe, notably the prominent role Islam played in past and present times. The time is now ripe, the Secretary General stressed in his lecture, to ensure a historical reconciliation between Islam and Christianity with Europe likely to be an ideal launch pad for that reconciliation. At the conclusion of the meeting organized by the International Islamic Agency, Ihsanoglu held an interview with Okaz, the Saudi Arabic language newspaper, in which he dwelt on various key Islamic issues.

– Azerbaijan and Swedish Delegations visit the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) received yesterday on Thursday 1st of May 2008, Mr. Elkhan G. Gahramanov, Charge D'affaires and Mr . Elnur S. Shahhuseynov, Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan..

The aim of the visit was to exchange the most important publications between the Embassy and the Center. The delegation met with Mr. Abdullah Al Sahlawi, the Executive Director office and Mr. Mohammed Al Ali, Manager of the Media Department and the Head of Media Committee, on behalf of the General Director of the ECSSR, Dr.Jamal Al Suwaidi.

The delegation showed their interest in the Center's experience toward providing support for decision making in the U.A.E through research and scientific studies in varieties of fields. The delegation invited the Center's researchers to visit the Republic of Azerbaijan to exchange experiences between the two countries and forwarding relationship.