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Arab summit faces financial demands for conflicts

Arab heads of state meet in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday for an annual summit dominated by financial and other demands from three Arab governments grappling with regional conflict. Eight Arab leaders, from the 22 Arab League members, arrived on the eve of the two-day summit, but diplomats said the turnout might disappoint Sudan which wants a show of solidarity against criticism of its handling of conflict in its Darfur region. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, the most populous Arab state and an active mediator in Arab disputes, is sending Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif in his place, a senior ruling party official said. His absence will reduce the impact of the summit. Full Story

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