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Health of Tunisian journalist deteriorates
Tunisian sources revealed yesterday deterioration in the health condition of Tunisian journalist Tawfik Ben Brik for his continuation of a hunger strike to protest being banned from writing.
Tunisia, Politics, 4/26/2000
On the issuance of new legislative decrees in Syria
Syria, Economics, 4/26/2000
Al-Shara conveyed President al-Assad's message to Chirac
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Tuesday evening gave French President Jacques Chirac a message from Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on the latest developments in the Middle East, the suspended Middle East peace process, the results of the Geneva summit between President al-Assad and US President Bill Clinton and bilateral relations between the two countries.
Syria-France, Politics, 4/26/2000
Libyan ambassador to Qatar leaves for Tripoli
Participants in the TV program criticized the Libyan government and the ruling system in Libya, which is based on people's committee. The participants described the ruling process in Libya as a dictatorship and said that the only decision-maker in Libya is Col. Moammar Gaddafi.
Libya-Qatar, Politics, 4/26/2000
Egypt criticizes Israel's policy of nuclear 'ambiguity'
Egypt's permanent delegate to the United Nations Ahmed Abul-Ghiet said yesterday that the Middle East did not need a US-proposed anti-nuclear missile defense system but rather an international drive to free the region from nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Egypt, Politics, 4/26/2000
Syrian Cabinet approves amendment bill for investment law no.10 of 1991
Chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro, the Syrian Cabinet held a meeting on Tuesday during which it approved the bill that provides for amending law no. 10 on encouraging investment for the year 1991.
Syria, Economics, 4/26/2000
British official arrives in Libya
The permanent secretary for the British Foreign Office, Sir John Kerr, arrived on Tuesday in Tripoli in a visit to Libya which will last for several days.
Libya-UK, Politics, 4/26/2000
King Abdullah concludes visit to Ramallah
King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday held a meeting with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Tuesday in Ramallah, immediately after the arrival of the king in this city.
Palestine-Jordan, Politics, 4/26/2000
On relations between Bahrain and Qatar
Bahrain and Qatar on Tuesday expressed their satisfaction over the developing progress in the relations between the two countries in various fields.
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 4/26/2000
IMF mission lauds stability of Egyptian credit market
Prime Minister Atef Ebeid said the government would take urgent measures to control recession and activate capital and stock exchange market. He added that all government outstanding debts will be repaid within nine months at LE 2.5 billion per month.
Egypt, Economics, 4/26/2000
Report: Contacts to resume Syrian-Israeli negotiations
The Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas on Tuesday quoted a European diplomat in Beirut as saying that the contacts currently taking place behind the curtains might lead to the resumption of negotiations between Syria and Israel before next June.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 4/26/2000
Al-Shara confers with Bishara
Israeli Radio stated on Tuesday that Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara met on Monday evening in Damascus with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara following al-Shara's return from Beirut after he had talks with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 4/26/2000
Jordanian king meets with US official on Middle East peace
King Abdullah II of Jordan met on Tuesday in Amman with the US under secretary of state for Near East affairs, Edward Walker, and reviewed with him the Middle East peace process and the efforts exerted to resume this process on all tracks.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 4/26/2000
On the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Amman
The Jordanian daily al-Dostour has quoted high-ranking Jordanian parliamentary sources as saying that several members of the Parliament in Jordan intend to launch an initiative upon the convening of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Amman.
Jordan, Politics, 4/26/2000
Iranian president to visit Qatar
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has received an invitation from Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani to take part in the summit meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference due to be held in the second half of this year in Doha.
Qatar-Iran, Politics, 4/26/2000
Israel denies agreeing to grant 90% of West Bank to the Palestinians
Israel denied yesterday agreeing to grant the Palestinian Authority 90% of the West Bank's lands in return for consent to delaying addressing the issue of Jerusalem.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 4/26/2000
Prime minister issues instructions for social conflicts settlement
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi, has issued to the government members instructions to cooperate with enterprises for the settlement of pending social conflicts throughout Morocco.
Morocco, Politics, 4/26/2000
Kuwaiti denies taking part in military operations against Iraq
Kuwait has denied the participation of its forces in the military operations with allied planes in the "no-fly-zone" area in southern Iraq.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 4/26/2000
Saudi Arabia, Iran to resume air flights
One of the Saudi airlines' planes arrived in Tehran on Monday evening in an experimental flight in preparation for resuming regular flights.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Economics, 4/26/2000
Solidarity with Syrian prisoners in Israeli jails observed
The committee in charge of solidarity with Syrian prisoners in Israeli jails on Tuesday staged a sit in at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Damascus, on the occasion of the Syrian Prisoner Day at the Israeli jails. This day is celebrated on April 21 every year.
Syria, Politics, 4/26/2000
Proposals to adjust security cooperation agreements in the Gulf
The interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states discussed proposals to adjust some items of the unified Gulf security agreement.
Gulf, Politics, 4/26/2000
Ross arrives at the area in coming week
Dennis Ross, the US peace envoy, is due to arrive in the Middle East area early next week to see the achieved progress in the Palestinian track.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 4/26/2000
Italian tourism group injects $60 million in Morocco
The Italian tourism group NESCO will inject some $60 million in tourism projects in Morocco.
Morocco-Italy, Economics, 4/26/2000
Merrill Lynch to hold 1st investment conference on Egypt
Merrill Lynch, a major US-based investment corporation will organize its first conference on investment in Egypt within the coming few days.
Egypt-USA, Business, 4/26/2000
Morocco, Korea to bolster bilateral cooperation
The Morocco-Korea forum held in Rabat April 24-25 called for the promotion of Korean investment in Morocco and for enhancing technical and scientific cooperation.
Morocco-South Korea, Politics, 4/26/2000
Israel continues aggression against south Lebanon
The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday arrested Mustafa Nabaa, Hassan Mustafa Nabaa and Muhammad Qasem Nabaa from the occupied town of Shabaa.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/26/2000
Moroccan industry minister to visit South Korea next week
Moroccan minister of industry, trade and handicraft, Alami Tazi, is to pay as of next Monday a three-day visit to South Korea.
Morocco-South Korea, Politics, 4/26/2000
Excavations unearth prehistoric earthenware in northern Morocco
Archeological excavations in northern Morocco have unearthed earthenware, stones and animal remains dating back to the prehistoric era.
Morocco, Culture, 4/26/2000
Swiss physicians perform heart surgery on Moroccan kids
Seven Swiss physicians have undertaken a seven-day long humanitarian mission in Morocco where they performed surgery on seven children suffering from acute heart malformations, reports on Tuesday Swiss daily "La Tribune de Geneve."
Morocco-Switzerland, Health, 4/26/2000
Moroccan oil-refining firm posts $97.5 million profits in 1999
Moroccan oil-refining firm "SAMIR" announced a net profit of $97.5 million (975 million DH) in 1999, a 23% growth compared to 1998.
Morocco, Business, 4/26/2000
US: Russian tanker carried Iraqi oil
The cargo of a Russian tanker diverted due to suspicions it was smuggling Iraqi oil was found to include Iraqi oil, and the Shell petroleum corporation was fined $2 million as a result, US Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said yesterday.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 4/26/2000
15 persons killed and injured in Algerian violence
Nine persons were killed while another five were injured in a bomb by an armed group on the way near from Jijel, east of Algiers.
Algeria, Local, 4/26/2000
World Bank chief in Morocco next week
World Bank President James Wolfensohn will start next Monday a two-day visit to Morocco, WB sources in Washington announced on Tuesday.
Morocco-World Bank, Economics, 4/26/2000
Extremist accused of kidnapping foreigners arrested in Yemen
Official sources in the Yemeni Interior Ministry said the security bodies arrested one of the most dangerous persons involved in kidnappings, assassinations and armed robbers, adding that the suspect, Faysal Baghash, was arrested following a long searching, and he will be brought to trial as soon as the investigation into him is finished.
Yemen, Local, 4/26/2000
Egypt succeeds in meeting environmental requirements for trade
Nermin Murad, Egypt's deputy assistant foreign minister of the development and environmental affairs, said Egypt has managed to confront attempts to stop its membership in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Egypt, Economics, 4/26/2000
Warnings to Egyptians traveling to Saudi Arabia
Egypt-Saudi Arabia, Economics, 4/26/2000
Albright says the gap is still wide between Syria, Israel
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has stated that gaps between the Syrians and the Israelis are still wide.
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 4/26/2000
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The Syrian authorities released four political detainees in the framework of the new openness policy and improving the liberties began by the Syrian government. Bashar al-Assad, son of the Syrian president, said, "We should not confiscate the other opinion," emphasizing the importance of discussion and establishing the right of free thought. He added that the situation in Syria is witnessing an improvement and that there will be no peace without regaining back all Syrian lands.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa headed to Zambia on a two-day visit carrying a message from Egyptian president to Zambian President Frederick Chiluba and to attend meetings of the foreign ministers of Comesa (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa).
An Egyptian economy delegation headed by Egyptian Economy Minister Yusuf Botrous Ghali is to arrive in Baghdad tomorrow with more than 40 Egyptian businessmen and heads of holding companies to discuss joint cooperation during the seventh stage of the oil-for-food agreement that will be carried out next month.
Syrian sources stated that Iraq will reopen its consulate in Damascus, as employees in the Iraqi interests department arrived in Damascus, and that Syria has no objections toward exchanging opening the two states' embassies. The sources said the disputes which led to these conflicts are over, and Iraq should not go on in its isolation much longer, adding that the Arab states become convinced that the Arab states' commitment toward carrying out UN resolutions was great and that Israel has not implemented one resolution since 1948.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara is resuming today his discussions in Paris in Damascus' adherence to informing all the parties concerned with the Middle East peace process about the real situation in the area. Syrian sources told ArabicNews.com that al-Shara informed French officials topped by President Jacques Chirac and Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine about the Syrian stance toward the peace process in south Lebanon and all the obstacles confronting the Syrian peace track, especially in light of the Israeli obstinacy toward withdrawal to the June 4, 1967 borders.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a phone call yesterday evening from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Sources in the general office of the Egyptian presidency said the phone call tackled the latest developments in the Middle East peace process and the current communications among the concerned parties on different tracks. The sources said it also addressed exchanges of points of view concerning numerous issues and the current negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian governments concerning the final status of the Palestinian track.
Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah on Tuesday in Kuwait received Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Bin Yahia, currently visiting Kuwait.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Tuesday at Beirut's Baabda palace received the director general of the Arab Labor Organization, Ibrahim Qweider, and members of the accompanying delegation. Cooperation projects between the organization and the Lebanese government and labor and economic issues were reviewed.
King Mohammed VI received on Tuesday in the northern Moroccan city of Tangier Admiral Charles S. Abbot, deputy commander in chief of the US European Command. Admiral Abbot arrived Monday in Morocco for a three-day visit, during which he will confer with officials on ways to enhance Moroccan-US relations.
The Sudanese authorities undertook calling international observers to supervise the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for October, asserting the importance of international observers' supervision to guarantee purity in the elections. The Carter Center headed by former US President Jimmy Carter will participate in observing the Sudanese elections.
Qatari Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture Ali bin Mohamed al-Khater discussed rising water levels in Doha with a team of Japanese consultants, Gulf Times reported.
Tom Nutley, the head of Reed Travel Exhibitions, and Matt Thompson, manager of Mediterranean Travel Fair (MTF), thanked the EgyptAir family headed by Mohammed Fahim Rayan and Isaad Mandour, head of the commercial sector, for the facilities presented to the participants in the MTF in its first session in the airline's capacity as the main host for the fair. They also discussed means of getting ready for the second session, which will be held on September 24 - 26, 2001.
US Congressman Tony Hall who just returned from a visit to Iraq told PBS's NewHour on Tuesday that the Iraqi president is using the Iraqis' condition for propaganda purposes. He also added that in Iraq "you see malnourished children and they have distended stomachs, you know, red hair. They have spots all over their hair. They... there is certainly a lot of wasting among children. Wasting is a term that they use in countries that are facing famine. 25-30% of the children that are from the ages of one to six are chronically malnourished. There is cholera, and polio has come back with a vengeance, all of the major diseases. Any time you have cholera and the major diseases like this, you have a country that's going downhill quickly health-wise."
Morocco's tennis players, Hicham Arazi and Karim Alami, made it Tuesday to the second round of the $1-million tournament of Barcelona.
The Emirates Banking Group announced the launch of Tricolour Investments Limited (TIL), which will seek investments from the Gulf region in India, Khaleej Times reported.
Investments of $350 million will be made in the next three years by Elf Petroleum Qatar, part of TotalFinaElf, to develop the capacity of the offshore Al Khaleej field to 80,000 barrels per day, Gulf News reported.
Omani Minister of Commerce and Industry Maqbool bin Ali Sultan is to leave today for India to head the Omani delegation to the Omani- Indian joint committee, Oman News Agency reported.