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Al-Sharaa - Moussa communications; Peace requires a Palestinian State
Foreign Minister Amr Moussa received a phone call from his Syrian counterpart Farouk al-Sharaa dealing with the latest developments of the stalled peace process.
Regional, Politics, 2/15/2000
Italian president starts visit to Cairo
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received today Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who is paying a three-day official visit to Cairo.
Egypt-Italy, Politics, 2/15/2000
Egypt says no more divergences on Europe-Africa summit
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said Monday all divergences which were hampering the Euro-Africa summit, slated for next April 3-4 in Cairo, have been settled.
Regional-Regional-Africa, Politics, 2/15/2000
Inhabitants of Golan clash with the occupation troops
The Israeli occupation troops clashed with inhabitants of the Syrian Golan who protested against Israel's attempts to impose its citizenship on them after its declaration of annexing the Golan to Israel in 1981.
Syria, Politics, 2/15/2000
Mubarak honors Egyptian peacekeepers
President Hosni Mubarak yesterday attended an army ceremony to honor Egyptian peacekeepers who returned home from Central African Republic. During the ceremony, President Mubarak, the Supreme Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, was briefed on the peacekeeping stints undertaken by the Egyptian army around the world, including Somalia and Bosnia.
Egypt, Politics, 2/15/2000
Canceling customs and sales tax on computer software
Egyptian Minister of Communication and Technology Ahmed Nazeef said that there is a plan to cancel the customs fees and sales tax on computer programs in the Egyptian market.
Egypt, Business, 2/15/2000
Moroccan MP loses case against journalists
The court of appeals of Casablanca rejected the libel case lodged by Mahmoud Archane, a member of the parliament, against two Moroccan journalists, Nabil Benabdellah, head of Al Bayane daily and Narjis Reghaye, a journalist at the same paper.
Morocco, Judicial, 2/15/2000
Arafat, Pope to sign accord
The Vatican will sign an agreement with the Palestinian Authority on the status of Catholic churches in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), an indication it recognizes Palestinian claims to the contested city, a Palestinian official said Sunday.
Palestine-Vatican, Politics, 2/15/2000
Clinton still optimistic on peace
"We're in a little tough patch right now, because a lot of things are going on in the Middle East, the trouble in Lebanon right now. And we're down to the last strokes, if you will. We're down to the hard decisions," he said.
Regional-USA, Politics, 2/15/2000
Bedouins hospitality in the desert
Hospitality in the desert, and by Syrian Bedouins in particular, is the recognition of want; it has grown into a social grace. The stranger who comes to a tent comes, or at least in the old days came, because there was nowhere else to go. To turn a man away was equivalent to murder.
Syria, Culture, 2/15/2000
Arab solidarity on agenda of APU meetings in Algiers
Preparations are underway in Algiers to host the 35th session of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU). The agenda will be topped by restoring Arab solidarity and setting up a unified parliament.
Regional, Politics, 2/15/2000
UN humanitarian official in Iraq resigns in protest to sanctions
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday that he had accepted the resignation of the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Hans von Sponeck.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 2/15/2000
Arab League welcomes peace accord in Djibouti
The Arab League welcomed on Monday the peace accord signed recently in Paris between the Djiboutian government and the opposition, led by former Prime Minister Ahmed Dini.
Djibouti, Politics, 2/15/2000
Middle East businessmen's councils start work in Cairo
Meetings of the businessmen's councils in the Middle East started yesterday in Cairo with the participation of nearly 200 international economic personalities from representatives of the international corporations as well as the businessmen in the area.
Regional, Business, 2/15/2000
Morocco, Sweden sign agriculture cooperation accord
Morocco and Sweden signed Monday a cooperation accord to promote cooperation and exchanges between the two countries in the field of agriculture.
Morocco-Sweden, Economics, 2/15/2000
Moroccan parliamentary delegation in Strasbourg
A Moroccan parliamentary delegation is expected in Strasbourg this Tuesday on a visit to the European Parliament which is currently holding a plenary session.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 2/15/2000
Egyptian - Lebanese coordination
Adel El-Khodari, the Egyptian ambassador in Lebanon, hailed the Egyptian - Lebanese coordination on high levels, saying that he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss in light of Lebanon's communications with the capitals concerned with convening the meeting of the April Understanding Monitoring Committee.
Egypt-Lebanon, Politics, 2/15/2000
World Bank delegation to visit Algeria tomorrow
A delegation from the World Bank is to visit Algeria tomorrow to hold communications with the new Algerian government to establish the final framework for the cooperation program between the two sides.
Algeria, Economics, 2/15/2000
Morocco, India to set up joint economic business council
The Moroccan enterprises association (Confederation Generale Des Entreprises du Maroc "CGEM") and the Indian Industries Confederation are to set up a joint economic business council.
Morocco-India, Economics, 2/15/2000
Jerusalem fund decides to finance projects in holy city
The governing board of Bayt Mal Al-Quds (Jerusalem Fund) decided to finance all projects submitted to it during its first meeting, held in Marrakesh on Monday under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI.
Regional-Palestine, Economics, 2/15/2000
Moroccan immigrants' claims are reasonable, Spanish official says
Spanish Agriculture and Fishery Minister Jesus Posada, said Monday that the claims made by Moroccans settled in El Egido are very reasonable.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 2/15/2000
Italy to receive 3,000 Moroccan immigrants this year
Italy has decided to receive in the course of this year 3,000 Moroccan immigrants, under a law on non-European migration flows, said Italy's ambassador to Morocco, Guido Martino.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 2/15/2000
Zakaria Ahmed: 'Dean' of Arabic Musical composers
Egypt, People, 2/15/2000
60 Egyptian companies in Khartoum International Fair
60 Egyptian companies are to participate in the 17th session of the Khartoum international fair, which is to start on Thursday and continue until February 28.
Egypt-Sudan, Economics, 2/15/2000
Sheikh Mustafa Abdel-Razeq: eminent Muslim scholar and thinker
Sheikh Mustafa Abdel-Razeq is a prominent Muslim scholar and thinker who made significant contributions to Islamic studies. His major field of study was Islamic philosophy.
Egypt, People, 2/15/2000
Arafat calls Islamic countries to oppose Judaization of Jerusalem
Arafat, who called Islamic countries to oppose the "rampant Judaization" of the holy city, said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's Cabinet started building 4,128 new housing units during the past three months, i.e. more than the number of units built by the Netanyahu government in three years.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 2/15/2000
Sudanese opposition: We seek discussion and not a conference with the government
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa convened a meeting with Mansour Khaled, secretary of foreign affairs in the opposition Democratic National Alliance in Sudan, and the political advisor for John Garang, head of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in southern Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 2/15/2000
Secretary general of the Egyptian organization for human right submitted for trial
Hesham Saraya, the general lawyer of the Egyptian supreme state security, ordered Hafez Abu Seada, the secretary general of the Egyptian organization for human rights, to be submitted to the Emergency Supreme State
Security Courts for being accused of receiving $25,000 US from a foreign entity to prepare a report concerning events of al-Khoseh village.
Egypt, Judicial, 2/15/2000
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Two relatives of King Abdullah Bin Hussien of Jordan led a demonstration in Amman to call for canceling a law that does not punish men if they kill their female relatives who are accused of having sexual affairs. 3,000 demonstrators crowded before the Jordanian Parliament. Among the demonstrators were Prince Ali El-Hussein, King Abdullah's half brother, and his cousin, Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammed.
The Jordanian Parliament in a joint session yesterday failed to get the needed two-thirds majority to pass a draft law that would have required the disclosure of assets before candidates assume public posts in an effort to prevent the accumulation of illegal wealth, Jordan Times reported.
The Palestinian government said today that it will ban four kinds of Israeli goods in the Palestinian self-rule areas to retaliate for the Israeli authorities banning Palestinian shipments from crossing Erez passage on the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel, yet the statement did not clarify the kinds of these goods or the duration of the ban.
Iraqi Foreign Minsiter Mohammed Said al-Sahaf yesterday traveled to Spain for talks with Spanish Foreign Minister Abel Matutes to discuss bilateral relations, international issues, and Iraq's position toward UN Security Council resolution 1284, Iraqi News Agency reported.
Moroccan Finance Minister Fathallah Oualalou was elected president of the governing board of Bayt Mal Al-Quds (Jerusalem fund), which held its first meeting Monday in Marrakesh. Oualalou said in an address before the meeting that several projects will start to be implemented shortly to preserve the architectural and civilizational landmarks of the holy city of Al-Quds and alleviate the sufferings of the Palestinian inhabitants.
Four Irish soldiers working for UNIFIL (the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) were killed yesterday and another four wounded in a road accident when their vehicle slid on an oil spill, Marie Okabe, associate spokesman for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, said yesterday.
Egypt donated $1 million to the Jerusalem Fund to contribute to supporting the Palestinian people's efforts to confronting attempts at Judaization of the city and the Israeli settlement practices.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad al-Thani is to visit Iran, Gulf Times quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi as saying.
Bahrain yesterday celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the Bahrain Defense Forces with a joint military exercise that also involved forces from the US, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE, Gulf Daily News reported.
Oman and Brunei agreed yesterday not to require entry visas for one another's citizens to visit, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The US called on OPEC to increase oil production as the price per barrel of Brent crude reached $28.75, Gulf News reported.
Oum Kalsoum's second edition copies of Ysabel Saiah were quickly sold out from the French libraries. The book is viewed as one of the best references on Oum Kalsoum's biography.
Moroccan Tennismen, Younes Al-Aynaoui and Hicham Arazi, who made last month a spectacular jump on the ATP ranking lost some points in this week's standing.
Morocco will hold next May in Casablanca the first investment and partnership forum between Morocco and the Gulf countries. The newsletter of the Moroccan employers association "CGEM" says the encounter will be an opportunity to present to potential investors concrete projects proposed by both the public and the private sectors.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Sharaa delayed his trip to Saudi Arabia in which he was to arrive today at the request of his Saudi counterpart for family member's health reason's. The trip was delayed till March 1st.