Friday's message from protesters in Kafranbel in Syria to United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi
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The Committees write more than 20 children and 20 women are among today's deaths.
The Bank will conduct periodic sales and purchases of US dollars to get optimal rates for the Government.
Egypt’s net international reserves have fallen almost 60% since the start of the uprising against the Mubarak regime in January 2011. The Egyptian Pound is now at 6.1858 to the dollar, close to its lowest level since 2004.
“The current level of foreign-currency reserves constitutes the minimum and critical level that must be preserved” to meet necessary needs like repaying external debt and importing “strategic commodities,” the Bank said in its statement.
The total could soar, however. The LCC claim 220 people were slain in the Deir Baalba section of Homs as regime forces moved into the area. The organisation asserts that victims were allowed to pass through the "Petrochemistry checkpoint", but were then arrested near the university and field-executed.
1649 GMT: Syria. Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English reports:
#Syria national airline cancelled flight from Cairo to Aleppo due to poor security conditions around airport, Cairo airport officials said— Zeina Khodr (@ZeinakhodrAljaz) December 29, 2012
Insurgents now hold only central areas around the old city and the district of Khalidiyah, immediately to the north.
Earlier this week, Egypt's Public Prosecutor said he would investigate the allegation that the leaders had instigated violent protests near the Presidential Palace last month.
Palestine Liberation Organization executive member Wasel Abu Yusef said, "The Americans prevented the Arab foreign ministers from visiting Ramallah."
1554 GMT: Saudi Arabia. Shouts against the Royal Family and the provincial Governor in last night's protest in Qatif, a site of repeated demonstrations over discrimination and detentions:
The materials were donated by Qatar, which has pledged $400 million for reconstruction in Gaza.
A border official the shipment did not mark the start of the full opening of the crossing sought by Hamas. However, a Hamas official in Gaza's Hamas government said the step was a positive sign, "We hope that Egypt will open this crossing permanently for goods so our people can meet their needs."
Muhammad Qunneita, from Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, was killed in fighting around an airport near Aleppo. According to insurgents, he had been helping train Arab and Muslim insurgents.
Qunneita had been in Syria for four months, his brother said.
Speaking to the newly-convened Shura Council, the upper house of Parliament, Morsi called on the opposition to co-operate with his government in "production, work, seriousness". He said all sides must "realize the needs of the moment" and act only through "mature democracy while avoiding violence".
1500 GMT: Syria. In a speech to the upper house of Parliament, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared support for the Syrian revolution and asserted, "There is no place for the current regime in the future of Syria."
The technicians had been able to work after mediation by tribal chiefs, following an offensive by Government troops earlier in the week in which 17 people were killed.
A tribal source said that the offensive targeted prominent tribal figure Salah bin Hussein al-Dammaj, who has allegedly blown up the pipeline several times to pressure the authorities to pay him 100 million riyals ($480,000) in compensation for land he claims was taken from him in the capital Sanaa.
The 320-kilometre (200-mile) pipeline carries about 180,000 barrels per day from Safer oilfields in Marib to an export terminal on the Red Sea.
Elsewhere, two gunmen on a motorbike have shot and killed an intelligence officer, the latest in dozens of assassinations of security personnel this year.
Colonel Mutea Baqutian was on his way to work in Hadramaut Province in southeastern Yemen when the gunmen stopped his car.
1055 GMT: Syria. Appearing at a press conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after their talks this morning, United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has called for a "serious, credible, working, Syrian-led political process".
Brahimi said he was "embarrassed to repeat again" that the alternative is "Somalia-isation". He declared that Lavrov was right in assessing, "The conflict is now more militarised and sectarian, and if we are not careful, it will be a sectarian conflict with consequences."
Lavrov called for negotiations based on a June plan following an international conference in Geneva and then criticised the opposition for not accepting this: "When the National Coalition was formed we drew attention to the fact that it was stated in their platform that their position is uncompromising, their goal is the overthrow of the regime."
President Assad had clearly said he was not going anywhere, Lavrov added.1025 GMT: Syria. AFP summarises a press conference by three defecting journalists from Sate media, opening with a dramatic line from Lama al-Khadra of Radio Damascus: "Our mission was to kill with words."
The trio, who said they hope to set up a pro-opposition station, claimed they worked in a climate of fear and paranoia: "It's hard to always wear a mask, to show nothing, to think and talk like them, the men of the regime....We were confined to following reports from (state news agency) SANA and denigrating the opposition, it wasn't easy."she said. "Some of us were called in by the secret services," said Kamal Jamal Beyk, the programme director of Radio Damascus, "We were threatened, as were our families." He said he was questioned three times by secret police.
Jamal Beyk said "Iranian information experts" had been brought into the newsroom to train journalists and that the "most zealous" pro-regime reporters were sent to Beirut to study with Hezbollah's Al-Manar satellite television channel.
The three journalists said they decided to flee after a friend and colleague, Mohammed al-Said, was abducted in mid-July and killed by pro-opposition Islamic extremists.
0600 GMT: Syria. Friday's message to United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi from the protesters in Kafranbel could not have been clearer. Enhanced by a four-letter expletive, the banner rejected Brahimi's latest manoeuvre ---which included a meeting with President Assad and Russia as a possible broker --- for a political resolution; it suggested that the envoy might find more pleasure, if not success, by shutting himself away on his own.
The response of the Syrian opposition National Coalition to Moscow's invitation for discussions was more polite but just as direct: "
The coalition is ready for political talks with anyone ... but it will not negotiate with the Assad regime. Everything can happen after the Assad regime and all its foundations have gone. After that we can sit down with all Syrians to set out the future."
Later in the day, Coalition head Moaz al-Khatib modified the rejection, saying he was open to talks but that he would not travel to Moscow and that Russia must offer a "clear condemnation of the crimes committed by the Syrian regime".
Even with al-Khatib's re-positioning, it was Kafranbel's message that prevailed. EA's James Miller sumamrised: "Brahimi's mission is dead in the water, and Russia is still out in the cold with the opposition, who will in one form or another replace the Assad regime.