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Arab follow up committee meets in Damascus
Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara said that the formation of this committee from the Arab East and al-Maghreb proves that:" We are all preoccupied by developments in the occupied Palestinian lands. These developments should have reflections on the whole situation in the region."
Regional, Politics, 12/11/2000
Important economic decisions expected soon in Syria
Sources of the Syrian government have learnt that the Baath Party leadership will resume meetings under President Bashar al-Assad to complete approving strategies and programs on comprehensive economic reforms.
Syria, Economics, 12/11/2000
Egypt, Libya, Iraq agree to establish a free zone area
Initially, each of Egypt, Libya and Iraq have agreed to a draft project to declare the establishment of a free market between the three states in the framework of the Arab economic unity council.
Regional, Economics, 12/11/2000
Mauritanian opposition leader detained
The Mauritanian authorities have arrested the leader of the Mauritanian banned Democratic Forces Federation Ahmad Wild Dada upon his arrival in the plane which took him to Paris on Saturday. He was taken to an unknown place, according to leading sources at the said party.
Mauritania, Politics, 12/11/2000
On President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Turkey
The Sudanese " al-Share' al-Seyasi " daily has expected that President Bashar al-Assad will shortly pay a visit to Turkey following the visit held by vice- President Abdul Halim Khaddam to Ankara in an attempt to open a new page that would minimize the israeli influence in the Turkish policies.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 12/11/2000
Iran, Iraq for normalizing relations
The Kuwaiti daily al-Watan issued on Sunday in Kuwait quoted Iranian sources as expecting that talks carried out by the Iraqi diplomatic delegation, currently visiting Tehran, will conclude results that would accelerate the normalization of relations between the two countries, ending the differences and reaching a final peace agreement.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 12/11/2000
Yemeni president speaks on the US warship explosion
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told the Washington Post that it is possible to direct accusation on the explosion of the US warship USS Cole to Israel or to any intelligence agency aiming at destabilizing Yemeni- US relations.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 12/11/2000
Middle East situation volatile, but has chances for the better
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa described the situation in the Middle East region as full of changes and explosion catalysts, but has some vistas which, if opened, might lead to a change for the better.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 12/11/2000
Al-Eryani: Yemeni- Saudi relations are in their best
Yemen's prime minister Abdul Karim al-Eryani has described Yemeni- Saudi relations as in their best. He viewed the issue of borders between the two states as being of no more a risk, adding he will discuss with Saudi officials during his next visit to al-Riyadh the question of borders between the two states means of ensuring job opportunities for Yemenis in Saudi Arabia.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/11/2000
Iraq resumes oil exports
An Iraqi oil source said on Sunday that Iraq will resume its oil exports shortly to end thereby suspension of exports which started in the 1st of this month because of differences over oil prices with the UN.
Iraq, Economics, 12/11/2000
Women organizations send prime minister memo on violence against women
Moroccan centers offering assistance to women victims of violence have urged prime minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, to take all measures to extend the concept of violence to household violence.
Morocco, Culture, 12/11/2000
European Investment Bank resumes lending to Syria
The European Investment Bank ( EIB) the lending arm of the European Union- will resume operations in Syria on 14th December with the signing of a 75 million EURO loan for the electricity sector. The signature will take place during an official visit of Francis Mayer, Vice President of the EIB.
Syria-European Union, Economics, 12/11/2000
On relations between Syria and Lebanon
Former Lebanese President Amin al-Gemayel has stated that the presence of President Bashar al-Assad as head of the authority in Syria strengthens the possibility of reaching a fundamental treatment of problems debated at the level of Syrian- Lebanese relations.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 12/11/2000
Mubarak to discuss aspects of national action program
At his meeting today with the parliamentary body of the National Democratic Party, Egyt's President Hosni Mubarak will discuss a number of domestic and external issues and his vision of the national action program.
Egypt, Politics, 12/11/2000
Gulf states, the EU to convene 12th meeting on free trade
It was decided to convene the 12th meeting of the joint cooperation committee between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and the European Union EU during April, 2001 in Brussels and this meeting to be coincided with the meeting of the political dialogue at the level of experts.
Gulf-European Union, Economics, 12/11/2000
Commissioner Robinson calls for observing human rights in ME
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) Mary Robinson Sunday urged all parties to the conflict in the Middle East to comply with the obligations of human rights and international law.
Palestine, Politics, 12/11/2000
US official holds talks in Rabat
US assistant secretary of state in charge of the near east, Edward Walker, who started on Sunday a visit to Morocco, held separate meetings with prime minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, and interior minister, Ahmed El Midaoui.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 12/11/2000
60 percent of Sheikh Zayed Canal constructed
Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mahmoud Abu Zeid said 60% of Sheikh Zayed Canal and more than 53 % of the Mubarak pumping station was constructed.
Egypt-United Arab Emirates, Economics, 12/11/2000
Over 31,000 Moroccans refused at Sebta Check Point
Over 31,000 Moroccans were turned down since last January at the border point of the Moroccan northern occupied town of Sebta, reports Spanish agency "Europa Press."
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 12/11/2000
Kuwait chosen as Arab Open University's headquarters
Chairman of the Arab Gulf Program for Backing U.N. Development Organizations said Saturday Kuwait was selected as headquarters of the open Arab university as of October next year
Kuwait, Education, 12/11/2000
A draft law to prevent double nationality for Jordanian officials
In a step which is considered the first of its kind in the Arab states, the speaker of the Jordanian parliament Abdul Hadi al-Majali has submitted to the legal committee at the parliament a proposal on a law banning double- nationality of officials at the state's various departments. The proposal was submitted by 20 parliament members.
Jordan, Local, 12/11/2000
Al Banat mosque, landmark of old Cairo
This splendid mosque is situated at Port Said Street near Midan Bab Al Khalq Street.
Egypt, History, 12/11/2000
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On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of launching the first Palestinian Intifada in 1987 until last Saturday number of Palestinians who were killed in the occupied Palestinian territories tolled 2268 including 739 persons killed under 18 year old. The statistics issued by al-Haq foundation and law society ad the Palestinian Human rights center explained in details number of martyrs in the past years since the year 2000 and since then the number of killing tolled 293 until the day before yesterday ( Saturday) in addition to some 14 martyrs killed inside the green line during al-Aqsa mosque Intifada.
The secretary general of the Arab Economic unity council Ahmad Jweili has stressed that self- reliance and achieving self- sufficiency for the Arab states is the best means to attain set objectives.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Sunday concluded a short visit to Saudi Arabia during which he met with the Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and the crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz as well as the prince of al-Riyadh district prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.
Several people were arrested Sunday in some cities for staging unauthorized demonstrations. The Interior ministry had announced in a release on Saturday the banning of demonstrations in several Moroccan cities on Dec. 9-10.
The Spanish police dismantled last week a Moroccan illegal immigration web in the locality of Granja De Rocamora, near the eastern city of Alicante.