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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 8

Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 8 KHARTOUM -- Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday announced its lineup for a major cabinet reshuffle, saying that it has selected two new vice-presidents.

Black, Arab rail staff kept away from Peres visit to Paris - union

PARIS (Reuters) - A French union has accused its national railway of keeping black and Arab employees out of sight when Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Paris to avoid him coming into contact with Muslims, and an investigation has been launched. The SNCF state railway concern and the Israeli Embassy denied the accusations.

French firm probes 'blacks, Arabs ban' for Peres visit

A subsidiary of France's railway firm SNCF has launched a probe into allegations that "blacks and Arabs" were excluded from a welcome committee for Israeli President Shimon Peres on his trip to Paris, a union said Monday. According to the SUD-Rail union, SNCF asked Itiremia to put three porters at the disposal of the Israeli delegation when Peres arrived at the Gare du Nord station on March 8 from Brussels, but the firm deliberately sidelined Muslim employees.
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