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Syria and the Baath party reforms
Well-informed Syrian sources told the London based al-Hayat daily issued on Tuesday that the Baath party regional leadership has cancelled the principle of " appointing " of Party cadres and leaderships and that real elections will be held as from January 20,000 from the bottom to the top but without giving the right of the Baath party conferences to impeach confidence from intermediate leaderships.
Syria, Politics, 12/6/2000
UN condemns Iraqi government terror to oppress opposition
The UN General Assembly on Monday strongly condemned with great majority the human and systematic human rights violations by the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq, Politics, 12/6/2000
Two Palestinians killed on Tuesday's clashes with Israel
Amid Israeli military escalation and threats, the Palestinian uprising continued on Tuesday defying the Israeli military measures and the military and economic siege it imposed on the Palestinian areas.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/6/2000
On al-Hashem's meeting with al-Assad
Former Lebanese Minister Joseph al-Hashem stressed that he had felt during his meeting with President Bashar al-Assad complete understanding as the President is aware in full knowledge about the Lebanese file and expressed readiness to be fair in all matters relating to Lebanese- Syrian relations.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 12/6/2000
Moussa: Situation still tough in the region
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met late Tuesday with European Union ME Peace Envoy Miguel Moratinos, currently visiting Egypt as part of a regional tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian self-rule areas.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 12/6/2000
Russian efforts to start regular flights to Baghdad
The Russian Ambassador to Iraq Alexander Shayeen announced on Tuesday that Moscow is currently making talks with other countries, who have permanent membership at the UN Security Council so as to reach an appropriate formula to start regular air flights to Baghdad.
Iraq-Russia, Politics, 12/6/2000
1999 economic performance improves in the Arab states
A specialized economic report of the economic unity council said the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Arab states reached $ 621.1 billion while in 1998 it stood at $ 585.5 million.
Regional, Economics, 12/6/2000
Benaissa: Arab free-trade zones with Morocco could give birth to Arab common market
It high time we set up instrument to promote Arab interests without affecting legislation in force in each Arab states if we are to secure economic well-being of our citizens, Benaissa said.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 12/6/2000
Transparency international lauds Morocco's anti-corruption efforts
Transparency International, an organization that struggles against corruption, lauded efforts by the Moroccan government to eradicate corruption.
Morocco, Politics, 12/6/2000
Change in quality of Morocco - Germany relations, Youssoufi
Moroccan prime minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, said his visit to Germany this Dec.3-5 has brought about a change in the quality of relations between Morocco and Germany.
Morocco-Germany, Politics, 12/6/2000
Al-Assad issued budget law for fiscal year 2001
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday issued Law no. 20 for the year 2000 which included the state's general budget for the fiscal year 2001, which was earlier approved by the Syrian people's Assembly ( parliament) on its Monday's meeting.
Syria, Economics, 12/6/2000
On releasing arbitrarily held detainees in Sudan
Lawyer al-Tayeb Haroun said on Tuesday that the Sudanese authorities have released several detainees with further effort to release the others left as a result of prolonged detention.
Sudan, Politics, 12/6/2000
Israel and Shebaa farms
The Israeli daily Haartez on Tuesday quoted Israeli government's sources as saying that Israel asserts the need of keeping Shebaa farms areas which are under disputes as a sort of guarantees.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 12/6/2000
On Iranian Egyptian relations
A round table was held at Tehran University on Tuesday on strengthening Egyptian- Iranian relations with the participation of several experts and researches from each of the two countries.
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 12/6/2000
Weeklies ban still sparks responses
The Moroccan government's decision last Saturday to ban the publishing and circulation of three weeklies, namely Le Journal, Assahifa and Demain, is still sparking responses from various sides.
Morocco, Politics, 12/6/2000
Youssoufi saddened by attempts to undermine Morocco's credibility
Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi said he was saddened by attempts by a part of the press to undermine, discredit and harm the country's credibility.
Morocco, Politics, 12/6/2000
One suspected in USS Cole bombing arrested
An official at the US state department has asserted news broadcast by the NBC TV on that the Jordanian authorities had arrested an American of Palestinian origin suspected to be involved in the explosion of the US warship "USS Cole" which resulted in killing 17 mariners in October in Yemen.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 12/6/2000
An Egyptian project for reclaiming 300,000 feddans in Western Delta
Egypt's Prime Minister Atef Ebeid said rules have been set for avoiding any accumulation of the government debts, adding the government would provide a sum of LE 2.1 billion monthly for repaying debts owed by the government to contractors and suppliers.
Egypt, Economics, 12/6/2000
Midaoui blames renewed immigration outbreak on Europe
Interior minister Mohamed El Midaoui blamed the renewed outbreak of illegal immigration on European countries which have extravagant visa requirements.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 12/6/2000
Morocco passes fishery cooperation agreement with FAO
Morocco and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed in Rabat Tuesday a cooperation agreement in the sector of fisheries.
Morocco, Economics, 12/6/2000
Benaissa says no pressure on Morocco for Mid-East stand
Morocco's Minister of foreign affairs and cooperation Mohamed Benaissa said there were no pressures on Morocco for a "softer tone" against Israel adding the kingdom, an independent and sovereign country, would not accept pressures, whatever the origin.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 12/6/2000
Iran to provide Kuwait 200 million gallons of drinking waters
The Saudi daily al-Watan said on Tuesday that Iran will provide Kuwait with 200 million gallons of drinking waters every day.
Kuwait-Iran, Economics, 12/6/2000
UNDP, Moroccan association sign accord on renewable energies
The UN Development Program (UNDP) and the Moroccan association GERERE (study and research group on renewable energies and environment) signed here Tuesday a partnership accord on renewable energies.
Morocco, Environment, 12/6/2000
The discovery of an ancient city: Ugarit
Almost 75 years ago, in 1924, virtually nothing was known about the Canaanite civilization which thrived on the coast of Present Syria and Lebanon. Then excavations began in 1929 at Raas Shamra (Ugarit) some 10 Km north of Lattakia, and tablets recovered there which were subsequently deciphered brought to light information on these seafaring traders also referred to as Phoenicians.
Syria, History, 12/6/2000
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Jordanian King Abdullah II arrived on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi in an official visit during which he offers congratulations to President of the United Arab Emirates UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on the success of the surgery he underwent.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI, Amir Al Muminine, will chair Thursday the fourth theology lecture of the holy month of Ramadan. Scholar Mustapha Benhamza of the Oujda Ulema (theologians) council will be probing the topic "The logic of tolerance" as developed in the Surat of Sheba.
The delegation of the House of Representatives visiting Great Britain meets in London Wednesday with several British officials, Amnesty International management and Westminster MPS. Moroccan MPS met Tuesday officials of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and highlighted the Moroccan democratic process and reforms launched in the constitutional, political, economic and social fields.
The Ruler of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Tuesday in Kuwait received a message from the ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa inviting him to attend the 21st summit conference of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC member states which will be held in December in al-Manama.