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Israeli measures against Palestinians intensify
The Israeli warplanes, helicopters and warships on Thursday continued attacking the Palestinians in their villages, cities, and the attacks resulted in further destruction and devastation and complete darkness prevailed on most Palestinian cities as the Israelis raided the electricity generation stations.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/13/2000
Morocco recalls representative in Israel for consultations
In the wake of latest events in Palestinian territories, Morocco recalled representative in Tel-Aviv Talal Ghoufrani for consultations pending assessment of the dangerous situation in the region.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 10/13/2000
Oman closes office in Israel; Syrian TV first; Million Iraqis ready to fight
In the first Arab reaction which surpasses mere demonstration and humanitarian aids to the Palestinians and of a political dimension, Oman has announced the closure of its trade office in Tel Aviv as well as the Israeli office in Muscat.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 10/13/2000
Iranian foreign minister's first visit in 10 years to Iraq today
An Iraqi source said on Thursday that the Iranian foreign minister Kamal Kharazi will today ( Friday ) hold the first visit by an Iranian foreign minister for Iraq since 10 years with the aim to normalize the tense relations, whereas Iranian media sources ruled out the visit taking place because of the developments taking place in the region, especially in the Palestinian territories.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/13/2000
Al-Assad gets a message from Blair, discusses deteriorated conditions with Cook, Solana, Moratinos
In separate meetings President Bashar al-Assad received the British foreign office secretary Robin Cook, the delegate of the British prime minister Tony Blair, the higher commissioner of the European Union Javier Solana for foreign political affairs and the EU-ME peace process special envoy Miguel Moratinos. They are accompanied by the French Ambassador in Damascus and the EU head of mission in Damascus Marc Pereini.
Syria, Politics, 10/13/2000
Conditions unfavorable for tetra partite summit
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa asserted that the current conditions are not ripe enough for holding a tetra partite summit comprising Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. "Israel is still besieging the Palestinian self-rule areas. This is not a unfavorable condition for holding a fruitful summit," added Moussa.
Egypt, Politics, 10/13/2000
Five Arab air carriers to start partnership
Five Arab carriers decided to set in motion a commercial partnership, an Egypt Air executive said.
Regional, Economics, 10/13/2000
Morocco ready for any action with the Arab states to stop carnage in palestine
The Moroccan government said Thursday it was ready to take, with the other Arab states, "the needed measures" to stop "the abominable carnage" perpetrated by the Israeli army against the Palestinian people.
Morocco, Politics, 10/13/2000
Lahoud stresses clinging to Shebaa farms
Lebanese President Emil Lahoud on Thursday met with the UN secretary general Kofi Annan upon his arrival in Beirut.
Lebanon-Iran-UN, Politics, 10/13/2000
United States will oppose any efforts to involve the Security Council in the new outbreak of violence
The United States will oppose any efforts to involve the Security Council in the new outbreak of violence in the West Bank and Gaza October 12, U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said.
Palestine, Politics, 10/13/2000
Cairo negates any stone throwing at Israel's locations in Rafah
Ahmed Abd El Hamid, the governor of north Sinai negated that demonstrators in the Egyptian Rafah threw stones at the Israeli forces locations through the borders line.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 10/13/2000
Syria: Demonstrations for the 9th day in Damascus
Demonstrations supporting the Palestinians were organized yesterday for the 9th successive day during which U.S and Israeli flags were burnt.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 10/13/2000
Indonesia's house speaker takes part in anti-Israel demonstration
Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), Akbar Tandjung, suddenly appeared amid thousands of demonstrators in front of the legislative assembly building in Jakarta Friday.
Israel-Indonesia, Politics, 10/13/2000
Palestinian ambassador to Morocco slams Israeli raids
Palestinian ambassador to Morocco, Abu Marwane, on Thursday slammed the "Zionist blitzes targeting unarmed Palestinians."
Palestine, Politics, 10/13/2000
Abu al-Abbas: front will resume confrontations with Israel
The secretary general of the Palestinian liberation front Mahmoud Abbas (Abu al-Abbas) on Thursday announced that the front will resume confrontations with " the israeli enemy and will continue operations against it."
Palestine, Politics, 10/13/2000
Egyptian boy flees his family to join the Palestinian Intifada
The Egyptian daily al-Joumhoreyah said on Thursday that an Egyptian boy ( 12 year old) fled from his family's house heading for Sinai in order to try to reach from there the Gaza strip to take part in the Palestinian " al-Aqsa Intifada."
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 10/13/2000
British companies increasingly interested in Morocco
British companies are increasingly interested in Morocco and are seeking to move part of their activities to Morocco or look for Moroccan partners, said Erwan Inizan, from Cardiff-based British International Business Center, who is leading a business delegation on a visit to Morocco.
Morocco-UK, Economics, 10/13/2000
Princess Lalla Amina Launches 3rd Regional Special Olympics
Princess Lalla Amina, chairwoman of the Moroccan "Special Olympics," launched in Rabat Thursday at the Prince Moulay Abdallah Sports Complex the 3d special Olympiads of the Middle-East and North-Africa.
Morocco, Culture, 10/13/2000
Moroccan, Guinean prime ministers probe cooperation
Moroccan prime minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, met in Rabat Thursday visiting Guinean peer Lamine Sidime, who was accompanied by his country's ambassador to Morocco.
Morocco-Guinea, Politics, 10/13/2000
Saddam Hussein tours 3 buildings under construction in Baghdad
The Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has toured three buildings under construction in Baghdad and joined a meeting at the ministry of military processing in an indication means to deny claims which remarked his deteriorated health conditions and that he is no more able to make tour on projects carried out by the state.
Iraq, Politics, 10/13/2000
Italy opens $ 4.5 mln credit line for Moroccan medium-sized enterprises
The Italian government has opened a 50 million Dirham-credit line ($ 4.5 mln) to contribute to finance investment project by Moroccan small and medium-sized enterprises.
Morocco-Italy, Economics, 10/13/2000
Clinton asks Senate to approve UN Anti-Terrorism Convention
US President Bill Clinton has sent to the Senate, for its advice and consent, a United Nations-approved pact that he says would provide "a means of choking off the resources that fuel international terrorism," a US report said.
Regional, Politics, 10/13/2000
Tunisian economic delegation visits Alexandria
A Tunisian economic delegation representing the trade and and industrial chamber in Safakes governorate arrived in Alexandria yesterday to hold discussions with member of the trade chamber in Alexandria to support the economic and commercial cooperation between the two states.
Egypt-Tunisia, Economics, 10/13/2000
Youssoufi chairs weekly government council
Morocco's Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi chaired Thursday a government council which heard exposes on the fight against poverty and the immunization campaign to start Oct 14.
Morocco, Politics, 10/13/2000
Torabi's party accuses the government of planning to dissolve it
Leaders of the opposition Sudanese public national conference party warned that the government is about to dissolve the party which comprises former allies of the regime, assuring that the party headed by Hassan El-Torabi will be forced to take its activity to the underground, emphasizing on that the party does not take its legitimacy from the government.
Sudan, Politics, 10/13/2000
Royal call on 14th national immunization days
Morocco's King Mohammed VI called Moroccans to massively respond to the 14th National Immunization Days to open Oct. 14 with a target of 2,8 million children under five and a million of women at reproductive age.
Morocco, Health, 10/13/2000
Signing a contract for exporting food products to Iraq of 100 million L.E
A contract was signed for exporting Egyptian food products to Iraq worth 100 million L.E
Egypt-Iraq, Economics, 10/13/2000
Algeria bans demonstration by opposition parties in support of Palestinians
The Algerian interior ministry banned yesterday a demonstration by the opposition parties to support the Palestinians.
Algeria-Palestine, Politics, 10/13/2000
The Israeli economy pays the violence bill
With the continuation of the violence in the occupied Arab lands, the Israeli economy began to suffer the results of the violence which Israel committed in the occupied lands against the Palestinians.
Israel, Economics, 10/13/2000
Special American aids to Israel at US $ 400 million
US sources said on Thursday that the US administration decided to offer special financial aids to Israel estimated at US $ 400 million to enable it take necessary measures to protect Israel against what it called untraditional weapons.
Israel-USA, Politics, 10/13/2000
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Thursday held a lengthy phone conversation with Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat. Talks dealt with the evolution of the situation in the region, especially the dangerous escalation in the Palestinian territories and the despicable Israeli blitzes targeting the Palestinian people and infrastructure.
"We are doing our best to play a useful role as a mediator" in the Middle East crisis and "We are engaged in diplomacy" as diplomacy is the best course, said White House Spokesperson Jake Siewert today.
About the US Navy boat explosion in a Yemen port (in which 7 have been announced killed, 3 dozen injured and 10 missing, according to a US Defense Department report), US President Bill Clinton said yesterday "If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act. We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable. If their intention was to deter us from our mission of promoting peace and security in the Middle East, they will fail utterly."
The British embassy in Yemen has been exposed today to a bomb thrown over the embassy wall the BBC reported.
It was announced in Bahrain today that the ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa intends to visit Syria tomorrow. The Gulf News Agency quoted an Emiri statement as saying that Sheikh Hamad will hold talks with his " brother President Bashar al-Assad dealing with bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries and means of backing them and developments and escalations taking part in the region especially the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people."
Means to upgrade cooperation between Morocco and the World Bank (WB) were studied Thursday at a meeting here between Moroccan interior minister, Ahmed El Midaoui, and visiting WB vice-president for the Middle-East and North Africa, Jean Louis Sarbib. El Midaoui briefed Sarbib on Morocco's democratization and decentralization process as well as the country's efforts to drain more investments part of the privatization operation.
Moroccan number one Bahia Mouhtassine won Thursday in Algiers the 5th edition of the African Nations Tennis Championships (Women-single) attended by nine countries. The 21 year-old African champion defeated in two straight sets other finalist the Algerian Feriel Esseghir (6-3,6-1).
Sources at the Sudanese opposition in Asmara said that the chairman of the opposition democratic national coalition Muhammad Othman al-Meirghani called members of the coalition leadership to meet on October 20 in Asmara to follow up results of the visit made by the President of Eritrea Asyas Afourki last week to al-Khartoum.