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Cabinet council debates draft public freedoms law
The draft related to the press law seeks to enlarge, guarantee and preserve the freedom of speech and make of it a major implement for democracy consecration
Morocco, Politics, 12/15/2000
On the Sudanese parliamentary and presidential elections
Voting operation started on Wednesday in Sudan to choose a new President and members of the national council whose member tolled 360 of various social, vocational and women strata to fill the constitutional vacuum which lasted for over one year.
Sudan, Politics, 12/15/2000
Somali leader gives up opposition to President Salat
In a positive step to achieve national reconciliation in Somalia, Hussein Haji Joud, one of the prominent leading figues of the former Somali President Ali Mahdi Muhammad in North Makadishu joined the government of President Qasem Salat.
Somalia, Politics, 12/15/2000
Al-Assad receives the EIB delegation
President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday in Damascus received at al-Shaab palace the deputy president of the European Investment Bank EIB Francis Mayor. Mayor was accompanied by the EU chief of mission Marc Piereni, the French Ambassador in Damascus and other EU officials concerned.
Syria-European Union, Economics, 12/15/2000
Damascus invites Marwan al-Barghouthi
Well-informed Palestinian sources in Damascus have noted that there are "positive signs " towards the improvement of the relations between Damascus and the Palestinian National Movement and "the Fatah Movement" led by Yasser Arafat.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 12/15/2000
Citizens of the Golan stress their commitment to Syria
The people of the occupied Syrian Golan heights on Wednesday issued a statement on the 19th anniversary of their uprising against the decision of the Israeli Knesset to annex their Syrian lands to the Israeli occupation in 1981.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/15/2000
Memorandum on Lebanese- Egyptian gas pipeline
Egypt and Lebanon will sign by the end of the current week a memorandum of understanding over the project of installing the Egyptian natural gas pipelines from al-Arish city to Tripoli in North Lebanon through the waters of the Mediterranean and then from Syria, Turkey and Europe.
Lebanon-Egypt, Economics, 12/15/2000
Human rights body sues Rabat-Salé Wilaya
The Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) on Thursday said it will sue the Rabat-Salé Wilaya for having banned a sit-in the association was intending to stage in front of the parliament on Dec. 9.
Morocco, Culture, 12/15/2000
Return of 201 missing servicemen from Algerian territory
Some 201 Moroccan servicemen, who were detained in the Algerian territory, returned to Morocco Thursday.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 12/15/2000
Nasrullah defines conditions for exchange deal with Israel
The secretary general of the Hizbullah Party Hassan Nasrullah on Wednesday clearly defined the conditions set by the Lebanese resistance to release the Israeli prisoners held with it in any exchange operation with Israel.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 12/15/2000
Mubarak, Vedrine discuss the situation in the region, revitalizing the European role
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday in Cairo received the French Foreign minister Hubert Vedrine. The meeting was attended by the Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa and the EU Middle East peace process envoy Moratinos.
Egypt-France, Politics, 12/15/2000
New Egyptian parliamentary session, Srour, is parliament speaker
The new Parliamentary session was launched in Egypt. The Egyptian parliament has held its first sessions of the new parliamentary term 2000- 2005 and it elected during this session Ahmad Fatehi Srour as its speaker with the majority of 434 votes of the total votes of the parliament estimated at 444 votes.
Egypt, Politics, 12/15/2000
Morocco scored significant progress in human rights, despite some excesses, league
Human rights in Morocco have scored during the nineties, a significant progress, marked by the initiatives made lately by King Mohammed VI in this field and that have positively impacted the Moroccan people and the international public opinion, said the Moroccan league for Human Rights Defense (LMDH) in its annual report.
Morocco, Culture, 12/15/2000
Conditions in Iraq and cooperation with Iran before the Gulf summit
The secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation council GCC Jamil al-Hujeilan said that the Gulf summit which will be held on December 30 in al-Manama will discuss strengthening the march of the GCC, unifying the currency and expanding the volume of economic cooperation.
Gulf-Iraq, Politics, 12/15/2000
Moroccan senate winds up 2001 draft finance bill scrutiny
The House of Advisors (upper house) is meeting in plenary sessions this Friday to wrap debates on the draft finance bill for the year 2001, a house release said.
Morocco, Economics, 12/15/2000
Holy See secretary confers with foreign and religious affairs ministers
Visiting Holy See secretary in charge of relations with states (foreign minister), Monsignor Jean-Luis Tauran, held separate meetings in Rabat Thursday with minister of Foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, and minister of habus and Islamic affairs, Abdelkebir Alaoui M'Daghri.
Morocco-Vatican, Politics, 12/15/2000
Eritreans, Ethiopians reaction to Algeria's agreement
The Ethiopians and the Eritreans received news of the peace agreement signed between their two governments in discontent and doubtful. But they said that to forget the bitterness and sorrows resulting from a border war that lasted for two years between their two countries need some times.
Ethiopia-Eritrea, Politics, 12/15/2000
Qatar foils an Israeli attempt to assassinate Khaled Mashaal
Arab diplomatic sources unveiled on Thursday a new Israeli plan to assassinate the chairman of the political bureau of the Palestinian national resistance movement Hamas Khaled Mashaal.
Qatar-Israel, Politics, 12/15/2000
Ministers back EC in bid to wrestle fishery accord with Morocco before 2001
The fishery ministers' council of the European Union, meeting in Brussel December 14-15, voiced resolve to back the European Commission in efforts to reach by the end of the year a fishery agreement which satisfies the Union and Morocco.
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 12/15/2000
General Assembly adopts economic measures aimed at helping needy countries
The General Assembly on Thursday adopted a series of resolutions aimed at generating special economic assistance for individual countries and regions facing difficulties as a result of natural disasters or other problematic conditions.
Regional, Economics, 12/15/2000
Ambassador Abouayoub meets group of french MPs on Sahara
Moroccan ambassador to France Hassan Abouayoub met in Paris Wednesday French MPS from the Moroccan Sahara Study Group within the French National Assembly.
Morocco-France, Politics, 12/15/2000
Malaysia never established diplomatic ties with Israel, PM
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday Malaysia has never established diplomatic ties with Israel and does not plan to do so until the Palestinian issue is resolved
Israel-Malaysia, Politics, 12/15/2000
UNHCR urges respect for refugees on 50th anniversary
Marking its 50th anniversary, the United Nations refugee agency official On Thursday declared that while its longevity was nothing to celebrate, the courage and contributions of the world's millions of refugees deserved everyone's respect.
Regional, Politics, 12/15/2000
French HBS Technologie Group opens unit in Casablanca
The French automobile and aeronautics Group HBS Technologie opened Wednesday a production unit in Casablanca.
Morocco-France, Business, 12/15/2000
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A decision is expected to be issued very soon in the Syrian capital according to which Palmyra prison will be converted to a thing from the past. A step which has been waited by most of the Syrian after President Bashar al-Assad had closed off al-Mazze military prison. News reports said that so far left prisoners at Palmyra prison can be taken gradually on shifts to Sednaya prison, near Damascus.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI met in Rabat Thursday at the royal palace the Holy See secretary in charge of relations with states (foreign minister) Monsignor Jean-Luis Tauran who handed him a message from Pope Jean Paul II.
Egypt's Ambassador to China, Mohamed Noaman said the year 2000 is Mubarak's year in China, as he was chosen among most 21 prominent characters in the whole world. Mubarak is the Arab leader who dedicated his best efforts to spread peace, stability and economic welfare in the Middle East. A word by Mubarak and his photo was included a book on poetic quotations on peace.
A Palestinian delegation representing the Arabs of 1948 arrived in Damascus on Thursday evening through Jordan in visits to their relatives in Syria. The delegation includes 50 persons from the villages of Shafa Amre, Toulkarem and several palestinian villages. Members of the delegation expressed in a statement to SANA their happiness to visit Syria.
"The Moroccan Sahara" association will undertake next week a tour in Andalusia, southern Spain, to sensitize Spanish public opinion to the Moroccan cause, a release circulated in Madrid said.