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Israel bombards Gaza from the air, land and sea, 40 Palestinians wounded
The civil war continued against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinians retaliated by strong confrontation with the Israeli occupation forces, while the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon renewed continuity of the attacks and rejection of the international legitimacy resolutions.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 4/7/2001
Egyptian, Syrian, Jordan and Lebanon gas project to be operational before July
Egypt's minister of oil Sameh Fahmi has stressed that the Egyptian gas pipe to Syria, Jordan and Lebanon which is 950 Km length will be operational as from next July.
Regional, Economics, 4/7/2001
A Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian triangle
The United Arab Emirates UAE daily al-Bayan on Friday quoted member of the PLO executive bureau Asaad Abdul Rahman as saying that the summit of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will mark a triangle of steadfastness and liberation including Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, in preparation to merging it with Egypt and Jordan.
Regional, Politics, 4/7/2001
On the Syrian presence in Lebanon
Lebanese writer Abdul Karim Abu al-Naser has considered that the campaign against the Syrian presence in Lebanon will not actually affect this presence, rather will weaken and embarrass the Lebanese role.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 4/7/2001
Al-Sahaf holds Kuwait, Saudi Arabia responsible for failure to reach agreement over Iraq- Kuwait relations
The Iraqi foreign minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf on Friday held Kuwait and Saudi Arabia responsible for not reaching an agreement concerning relations between Iraq and Kuwait and for foiling the efforts aiming at lifting the embargo imposed by the UN on Iraq.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 4/7/2001
Justice reform: minister announces renovated communication policy
An official from the department further explained that the new communication policy aims to promote popular awareness on the citizens' rights and duties, bring the administration closer to citizens
Morocco, Judicial, 4/7/2001
Junblat and Syria
The Monte Carlo radio on Friday quoted the speaker of the Lebanese parliament Nabih berri as saying that there are attempts for not intensifying the situation and relations with the Lebanese chairman of the Progressive Socialist party Walid Junblat, noting that there are attempts made to contain him ( which means to normalize relations with the Presidency in Damascus.)
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 4/7/2001
Palestinians not blamed over reaction to Israeli provocation
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa branded as brazen provocation the Israeli government decision to resume settlement activities. The Israeli government invited tenders to construct 700 houses for Jewish settlers in the West Bank.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 4/7/2001
Morocco regrets European commissioner's charges of Morocco's inflexibility in fishery negotiations
Morocco's maritime fishery minister, Said Chbaatou, on Friday regretted statements made by EU commissioner for fishery and agriculture, Franz Fishler, accusing Morocco of inflexibility in negotiations for a new fishery agreement.
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 4/7/2001
Cairo denies chief Intelligence visit to Israel
The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronout reported on Friday that the chairman of the Egyptian intelligence Omar Suleiman arrived in Tel Aviv secretly on Wednesday evening to meet with the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 4/7/2001
Annan praises Egypt success in enhancing child's rights
"President Mubarak's participation will enrich the extraordinary session expected to examine the national achievements in the children's field, the enhancement of the child's capabilities and the protection of his rights," he added.
Egypt, Culture, 4/7/2001
Slovak President concludes constructive visit to Syria
Earlier, President Schuster and his wife visited the liberated city of Quneitra. He was accompanied by Transport minister and his wife.
Syria-Slovakia, Politics, 4/7/2001
Resumption of settlements confirms incredibility in Israel's policies
The US Administration announced it has launched an intensive move aiming at halting violence and resuming peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the basis of ideas and proposals submitted by President Mubarak during his latest visit to the United States.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 4/7/2001
Sanctions on Iraq and the American official
Iraq-USA, Economics, 4/7/2001
An Egyptian ministerial reshuffle
The Saudi daily Okaz said that the Egyptian national security advisor Ammar Suleiman is a candidate to occupy the post of the prime minister in the framework of an expected ministerial reshuffle expected to take place in Egypt within the few coming weeks.
Egypt, Politics, 4/7/2001
Somali president to ensure safety of humanitarian workers in Makadishu
The provisional Somali President Abdi Qasem Salad Hassan has announced that the police forces which was formed by the provisional national government in Makadishu wants to guarantee workers in humanitarian establishments who come to the capital Makadishu after the kidnapping of four members of the UN.
Somalia, Politics, 4/7/2001
Arafat to live in Cairo of fears to be assassinated
The Saudi daily al-Watan stated that the chairman of the Palestinian authority Yasser Arafat is preparing to an almost permanent stay in Cairo at the current phase for fears that he will be assassinated.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 4/7/2001
Iraq denies UN workers entry visa
Officials at the UN said on Thursday that Iraq has refused the issuance of entry visas for more than 300 UN workers and advisors assigned by it to work in development programs in Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 4/7/2001
Arab group proposal to protect the Palestinians
The Arab states have prepared a draft resolution that will be presented before the UN human rights committee in Geneva on April 10th in order to ensure immediate protection for the Palestinians and to resume work with the fourth Geneva agreement and to halt all Israeli violations against them, to bring Israelis who are responsible for the violations to the court and to dismantle the Israeli settlements.
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 4/7/2001
Archeologists unearth children skeletons dating back to 13,000 BC
A Moroccan-German archeology team has unearthed in the region of Nador (northeastern Morocco) three children skeletons dating back to 13,000 years BC.
Morocco, Science, 4/7/2001
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The Saudi crown prince and deputy Premier Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Thursday evening received a telephone call from the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat. The Saudi news agency said that talks dealt with Palestinian conditions and main developments in the Middle East region.
French state secretary for small and medium-sized enterprises, commerce, handicraft and consumption, Francois Patriat, is expected in Morocco this April 10-12.
The Moroccan tourism office (RAM) and air company (RAM) are co-sponsoring a Moroccan gastronomy festival that opens this week end in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Organizers say the festival, which is not the first of the kind, has invited most renowned chefs from Morocco. The event, held in a Moroccan typical setting, will also include a daily raffle with prizes including round-trip tickets to Morocco, a stay in Marrakesh and others.
A museum of the Middle Atlas patrimony will be set up shortly in the town of Azrou, under a partnership agreement signed by the culture and communication ministry and local authorities. Culture and communication minister, Mohamed Achaari, stressed at the signing ceremony the importance of the project, which is a fruit of cooperation between the government and local councils for the promotion and development of cultural and historical legacy of various regions of the kingdom.
The Israeli Minister Ra'nan Cohen has criticized the law on exempting students of religious institutes and the religious settlers from military service. A matter which led to the escape of reserve Israeli army soldiers and officers from military services especially in Gaza and the West Bank. Cohen said in statements quoted by the Israeli radio that this law had made a distinction between two groups towards the military service.