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Syrian source: Israel proposed secret, unconditional negotiations and we refuse
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced Syria's rejection to an Israeli offer to resuming negotiations with it secretly, without preset conditions, stressing that resuming negotiations will be only made according to the Madrid conference terms of reference.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 3/7/2001
Human rights watch permitted in Bahrain
Bahraini activists said on March 4 they had got an official permit to found an independent group for human rights in the country.
Bahrain, Culture, 3/7/2001
Morocco's FM hopes Moroccan-Algerian differences will be settled
Morocco's minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, hoped that the present divergences between Morocco and Algeria will be settled, mainly those related to the Sahara and the borders.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 3/7/2001
The Pope will visit the tomb of John the Baptist at the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus
The secretary of the Patriarchy of the Catholic- Greek Church Ezedour Bateikha on Monday said that John Paul II will visit, during his visit to Damascus the tomb of Saint John the Baptist inside the mosque, and therefore he will be the first Pope to enter a mosque.
Syria-Vatican, Politics, 3/7/2001
King Mohammed receives women figures
Morocco's King Mohammed VI, who was accompanied by his brother Prince Moulay Rachid, received on Monday afternoon a group of women representing political parties and women associations.
Morocco, Politics, 3/7/2001
Yemeni government denies relation to a delegation mediating the release of al-Turabi
Well-informed sources in Sanaa said that a delegation representing the Muslim Brothers in Yemen headed during the three past days to al-Khartoum seeking to mediate for releasing the leader of the opposition People's National Congress party Hassan al- Turabi.
Yemen-Sudan, Politics, 3/7/2001
Train trips to start on Saturday between Damascus, and Tehran via Iraq
The Syrian local Arabic daily Tishreen said on March 4 that as from Saturday ( March 10) passengers trains will start trips between Syria and Iran through Iraq.
Syria-Iraq, Economics, 3/7/2001
A free trade zone between UAE, Morocco
The United Arab Emirates and Morocco have signed a minute of meetings of the experts committee relating to the establishment of a free trade agreement between the two states.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, Economics, 3/7/2001
Bush to meet with the Jordanian King after meeting with Mubarak
The Egyptian foreign minister has discussed with the US ambassador in Cairo Daniel Kertzers, arrangements for the visit to be held by the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the US in April and his meeting with the US President George Bush on April 2nd.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/7/2001
Arab boycott of Israel at the agenda of the Arab League council
It was decided to add four new items to the agenda of the works of the new session of the Arab League (AL) council which will start in Cairo at the level of the foreign ministers next Monday and will last for two days. Therefore, number of items to be discussed by the AL council by its 115th session will be 42 instead of only 38.
Regional-Israel, Economics, 3/7/2001
Israeli forces bombard and broke into al-Khuder village and al-Aroub camp
While a state of maximum alert was declared in Israel for fears of new suicide operations the Israeli army escalated its fierce attacks against the Palestinians and continued to open fire against their houses in the areas of the West Bank and Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/7/2001
Tourism and expatriates remittances rise in 2000, foreign investments and private loans drop
The financial flows in 2000 were marked by an increase in tourism returns (10.3%) and remittances of Moroccan expatriates (11%), while foreign private loans and investments dropped by 33%.
Morocco, Economics, 3/7/2001
Baghdad criticizes Annan's statements, Iraqi- Russian oil talks
While Baghdad has renewed its demands to lift the embargo imposed on Iraq and criticized statements made by the UN secretary General, the Arab- American committee has called on Washington to pursue a constructive and logic attitude towards Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 3/7/2001
Slight increase in active population in three last months of 2000
Active population aged above 15 years progressed by 0.8% (1.1% in rural areas and 0.5% in urban areas) in the Oct.-Dec.200 period, compared to the same period of 1999.
Morocco, Local, 3/7/2001
Golden pieces discovered in Syria date back to the Umayyad era
The Museum of Aleppo, to the North of Syria announced on March 4 that a " pottery jar " was found in a funeral containing 82 golden pieces go back to the Ummayad's era date back to the 7th century.
Syria, History, 3/7/2001
On population growth in Syria
Rate of population growth average in Syria reached 2.37% during the period from 1995 to 2000, on the ground that foreign migration net is Zero.
Syria, Local, 3/7/2001
International court postpones the decision on Qatar, Bahrain
A spokeswoman for the International Amnesty in the Hague, Holland explained that the court has postponed its decision in the case of border dispute between Qatar and Bahrain, which was expected by the end of 2000 due to the preoccupation of the court in Congo and Belgium.
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 3/7/2001
A report on Israeli military build up
The report stressed that in the dramatic scenario of the Israeli army that the Palestinians territories will witness acts against Israel, the Israeli forces to be deployed along the borders and Arab missiles to be fired against main cities in Israel and long- range missiles from Lebanon to hit the lower and higher Galilee.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 3/7/2001
A plenary meeting for Arab investors
Weili explained that the intention is to convene a plenary meeting for all Arab investors to discuss basic issues for serving joint Arab economic work, especially the common Arab market and the importance of proposing this issue to the next Arab summit.
Regional, Economics, 3/7/2001
Iraq prepares to increase oil production
Iraq has announced that it is preparing to increase its production of crude oil of 500,000 barrels every day so as to reach 3.5 million barrels every day by the end of this year.
Iraq, Economics, 3/7/2001
Arab experts refuse to sell Egyptian gas for Israel
Arab economists and businessmen have called on the forthcoming Arab summit to be held in Amman to pay interest to boosting inter- Arab economic cooperation projects, especially the project provides for the supplies of Egyptian natural gas to several Arab states.
Regional-Israel, Economics, 3/7/2001
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Well-informed sources in Jordan said that Amman " will not send back its ambassador to Israel until the siege imposed on the Palestinians is lifted, suspension of acts of killing and besiege on the Palestinians and returning back to the table of negotiations." The sources indicated that Israel asked the US to pressure Jordan to send back its ambassador to Tel Aviv, at the request of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon conveyed by the US secretary of state Colin Powell during his recent visit to Jordan.
On the occasion of Aid Al-Adha, commemorated this Tuesday in Morocco, King Mohammed VI has granted pardon to 1,256 convicts, some of whom are serving prison sentences and others are free.
Jordan has canceled its this year's celebrations of Eid al- Adha due to the prevailing conditions in the occupied Arab territories in solidarity with the families of al-Aqsa Intifada "martyrs ."
Three members of the Somali opposition leaders in Addis Ababa are meeting with tribes leaders in Southern west Somalia to discuss the issue of national reconciliation. In a statement to France Press, Othman Hassan Ali said that he and Hussein Muhammad Aided and also Mousa Sudi Yalahu will meet in particular with the commander of the resistance army " al-Rahawinin " colonel Muhammad Hassan Nour who controls Bedawa to the south of Somalia, General Aden Abdullah Nour, the commander of the Somali national movement and also Gen. Muhammad Harsi who controls Mourgan.
Beirut will host on June 18 to 22 the first conference on the use of waters in the Arab states.
The Iranian foreign minister Kamal Kharazi has stressed that relations between his country with the state of Kuwait are good and excellent and that talks between the two sides are continuous on providing Kuwait with the Iranian waters. In a statement issued on Sunday by the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa, Kharazi added that Iran is careful to strengthen its relations with the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council.
Diplomatic sources in the Qatari capital Doha have asserted that the ministerial council of the Gulf Co-operation Council GCC will hold a meeting on March 17 and 18 at the level of foreign ministers. The sources stressed this meeting is of special importance because it precedes the convening of the periodical Arab summit due to be held in Jordan on March 27 in Amman.
The official radio in Djibouti said quoting a statement by the presidency that President Ismael Omar Gelle on Sunday appointed Muhammad Deleta as a prime minister instead of Barakat Gourad Hamadou. At the meantime, Deleta occupies the post of Djibouti's ambassador in Addis Ababa. He was not appointed in ministerial posts before.
The chairman of the national commission for remote- sensing in Egypt Muhammad Adel Yahya has announced that Egypt is thinking on processing a satellite for peaceful uses in development projects in Egypt and the Arab homeland.
Archaeologists in East Ethiopia found 250 findings relate to animals date back to 4 million years that might unveil new secrets on the evolution of man, AfricanNews.com reported today.
The Israeli federation of Industrialists has announced that the Palestinian boycott of the Israeli products resulted during the past five months in the loss of $ 120 million for the Israeli companies. Despite the fact that this number seems small in comparison with the volume of trade exchange between the two sides ( Israel and the Palestinian territories), however, it has been viewed very seriously by the Israeli federation of industrialists.
The Israeli warplanes on Tuesday continued to violate the Lebanese airspace in South Lebanon and areas situated to northern parts of it. Lebanese Security sources said that Israeli warplanes flew at low altitudes over vast areas of South Lebanon until the airspace of Sidon and Tyre where they carried out mock and provocative raids and dropped thermal balloons.
The dead body of a Moroccan man was discovered when a truck was being unloaded in an industrial compound in Madrid suburbs, the Spanish police said. According to the media, L. Zitouni (29 years) might have died of suffocation or exhaustion as he probably traveled from Casablanca hidden in the truck.