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A maritime territorial question between Qatar and Bahrain ends
The Court finds that Qatar has sovereignty over Zubarah and Janan Island and that the low-tide elevation of Fasht ad Dibal falls under the sovereignty of Qatar; it finds that Bahrain has sovereignty over the Hawar Islands and the island of Qit'at Jaradah; and it draws a single maritime boundary between the two States
Qatar-Bahrain, Politics, 3/16/2001
Israeli bomb against a school in Hebron resulted in wounding 7 children
As 7 Palestinian children were wounded when the Israeli soldiers threw a bomb inside the playground of an elementary school in Hebron, the body of the Palestinian youth Murtaja Amro was found. He was killed by the Israeli bullets on Wednesday near Qalqilya.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/16/2001
Qatar, UAE sign Dolphin gas agreement
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday signed an agreement that states the detailed conditions of the " Dolphin" gas agreement provides for the establishment of a pipeline for transporting the Qatari gas to the United Arab Emirates at a cost of $ 4 billion.
Qatar-United Arab Emirates, Economics, 3/16/2001
Palestinian president in Rabat to consult with King Mohammed prior to Arab summit
Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, arrived in Rabat on Thursday, as part of a tour in several Arab states prior to the Arab summit slated for this March 27-28 in Amman.
Palestine-Morocco, Politics, 3/16/2001
Al-Assad meets with Fares, al-Sahaf
President Bashar al-Assad at the Damascus al-Shaab presidential palace on Thursday received the Lebanese deputy prime minister Issam Fares.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 3/16/2001
Jordan, Iraq sign financial arrangements minutes of meeting
Jordan and Iraq on Thursday signed a protocol on financial arrangements aiming at revitalizing their bilateral trade protocol.
Iraq-Jordan, Economics, 3/16/2001
Iraq pardons 27 Iranian prisoners
The Iraqi President on Thursday pardoned 27 Iranian prisoners who are hailed under various crimes.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 3/16/2001
Lahoud calls for more effective European role in ME peace
Lebanese President Emil Lahoud has asserted Lebanon's rejection to the threats recently advocated by several Israeli ministers.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 3/16/2001
Algeria wants relations with Morocco based on interests balance
Algerian foreign minister, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, told Egyptian daily Al-Ahram that Algiers endeavors "in serenity to consolidate the neighborliness ties with our brothers in Morocco and to build these relations on the balance of interests."
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 3/16/2001
UN sanctions committee decides to compensate Kuwait from the Iraqi oil
The UN sanctions committee which supervises the " oil for food program" has decided to allocate a sum of $ 2.4 billion from the Iraqi oil revenues as compensations for Kuwait and other sides which were damaged from the Gulf war.
Iraq-Kuwait, Politics, 3/16/2001
Arab congress on women and poverty meets in Casablanca next week
The Arab League is holding in Casablanca this March 20-22 a congress on women and poverty with the collaboration of Moroccan authorities.
Regional, Culture, 3/16/2001
An explosion in front of a library in al-Riyadh
A Saudi official stressed on Thursday that an Irish and one Egyptian were wounded in an explosion took place on Thursday evening before a warehouse for selling book in the downtown of al-Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia, Local, 3/16/2001
Bush praises al-Assad's developmental measures
The Syrian News Agency SANA said on Wednesday that US President George Bush stressed on Tuesday before the new Syrian ambassador in Washington his support for an Arab- Israeli settlement based on the principle of land for peace and that the US president praised the key role Syria plays in the region and the developmental measures President al-Assad carries out in Syria.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/16/2001
No join prayers during the Pope's visit to the Umayyad's mosque
High ranking Muslim and Christian clergies on Wednesday said that Pope John Paul II will enter the " Grand " umayyad's mosque in Damascus during his visit to Damascus in May but no joint " Muslim and Christian " prayer will be held on this occasion.
Syria-Vatican, Politics, 3/16/2001
Powell's tongue's slip on status of Jerusalem clarified
News reports from Washington said on Wednesday that the US secretary of states Colin Powell has clarified earlier comments on Jerusalem affirming that there is no change of policy by the Bush administration on Jerusalem. State department spokesperson Boutcher stressed that the final status of the city of Jerusalem should be decided in the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 3/16/2001
Egypt human rights report
Egypt, Culture, 3/16/2001
Iraq human rights report
Iraq, Culture, 3/16/2001
Israel imprisonment for Israeli soldiers who refused to serve in the Palestinian territories
Some 600 reserve israeli soldiers have been arrested since October 2000 over refusing to serve in the palestinian territories, according to the israeli daily Maareve.
Israel-Palestine, Politics, 3/16/2001
European aeronautic defense and space company-Morocco aviation dedicates new facilities in Casablanca
The new facilities of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company-Maroc Aviation were dedicated Thursday at the Casablanca Mohammed V airport.
Morocco-European Union, Business, 3/16/2001
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The Israeli occupation forces have prevented some 20 peasants from the Syrian people of the occupied Golan from heading to Damascus to take part in the general 9th general congress which concluded deliberation in Damascus on Wednesday. The representative of the ICRC and the UNDOF ( the UN forces working in the Golan) called on Israel to the need of permitting the Syrian Golani peasants to enter Syria and take part in the congress, but the Israeli forces refused and was persistent not to allow the peasants from going to damascus.
The Sudanese foreign ministry has assigned its mission at the UN to start measures to re-open the Sudanese embassy in Washington. The Sudanese daily al-Anbaa issued on Thursday said that the foreign ministry asked ambassador Khuder Haroun to head for Washington in order to run the responsibilities of the Charge de affairs at the Sudanese embassy in Washington.
Senegalese president, Abdoulay Wade, said the road project to link Morocco to Senegal via Mauritania is almost completed and the remaining Nouadhibou-Nouakchott stretch is being carried out. Wade who was interviewed by Senegalese daily "Le Soleil" explained that within two years, traffic will be possible on the 460 km-long road that will become an inter-continental link between Europe and Africa.
Violent wind that blew on Morocco in early March destroyed banana plantations in various regions in Morocco, said the Association of Banana Producers in Morocco (APROBA). "Significant damage" was deplored mainly the major producing areas near Rabat, Al-Jadida and Agadir, the association said in a release sent to MAP.
Morocco's Portuguese coach, Humberto Cuelho, has convoked a 20-player team for an African nations cup qualifier match against Tunisia on March 24 in Rabat. The team includes 5 home-based players and 15 others playing mainly in European leagues.