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Damascus: the communists release al-Nour paper
The al-Nour paper of the Syrian communist party ( Youssef faisal wing) will be issued soon after months from the release of " its sister" " Sawt al-Shaab of "Bakdash wing."
Syria, Politics, 5/12/2001
Baz clarifies Egypt's positions on regional developments
Osama Al Baz, advisor to Egyptian President Mubarak, urged the United States to "face its responsibilities" and become more involved with the peace process. While talking to reporters, he went on to answer questions about the government's position regarding recent events as well as clear up some questions about his own future role.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 5/12/2001
One Palestinian killed, tens wounded on Friday's confrontation
Confrontations erupted following Friday's prayers in various parts of the occupied Arab territories between the Palestinian Intifada Youths and the Israeli forces which used bullets against the demonstrators. A new breaking in operation was carried out into an area totally under the Palestinian Authority.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/12/2001
Arafat denounces Israeli barbarous aggression against Palestinian people
President Yasser Arafat of Palestine has called the member countries of the Mediterranean forum to conduct action at all levels to put an end to the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, that he described as "barbarous."
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 5/12/2001
Petrochemicals industry body set-up
President Mubarak listened to this detailed study which indicated that petrochemicals in Egypt are produced from derivatives of crude oil and natural gas with the aim of covering the shortage in natural sources. This industry provides substitutes such as wood, iron, wool, cotton, aluminum and rubber.
Egypt, Economics, 5/12/2001
On the meeting of the Arab- boycott office of Israel
The United Arab Emirates daily al-Khaleij said on Friday that several Arab states did not refuse the convening of the meeting of the Arab- boycott office of Israel, but considered that postponing convening the meeting for a while under the pretext to give Israel more exerted time to halt the tension in the region and to resume peace negotiations.
Regional-Israel, Economics, 5/12/2001
Two Iraqi ships held at al-Fujeira port
The United Arab Emirates UAE daily al-Itihad said on its Friday's issue that two Iraqi ships were held at al-Fujeira port carrying 4,000 tons of smuggled heavy oil.
United Arab Emirates-Iraq, Politics, 5/12/2001
Failure of fishery talks should not mar Morocco-Spain ties, official
The halt of fisheries negotiations between Morocco and the European Union should not mar relations between Rabat and Madrid, Moroccan foreign affairs and cooperation minister, Mohamed Benaissa, at a press conference at the end of a meeting of the Mediterranean Forum in Tangiers.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 5/12/2001
Al-Assad to visit Cairo
News reports close to the Egyptian presidency said that President Bashar al-Assad will on Wednesday visit Cairo to hold talks with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the condition in the Middle East.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 5/12/2001
Saudi crown prince to visit Yemen on May 21
It was announced in Sanaa that the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz will visit Yemen on May 21 to take part in Yemen's celebrations of its 11th national day, the anniversary of the unification of Yemen and the foundation of the Yemeni Republic on May 22, 1990.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/12/2001
Israeli fears of increased popularity of President Bashar al-Assad
The London- based al-Muharrir al-Arabi weekly said that Israel has conveyed to the US administration its fears from the accelerated popularity of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Arab states, especially amid circles which are against the Israeli policies.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 5/12/2001
Ahmad Jibril claims responsibility for sending weapons to the Intifada
The secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (general command) Ahmad Jibril has claimed responsibility for sending a shipment of 40 tons of weapons to help the Palestinians in their Initifada on board of a " smuggler Lebanese ship."
Palestine, Politics, 5/12/2001
Death of Palestinian baby provokes 'immense disgust' in Egypt
Egyptians reacted with "immense disgust" and a sense of powerlessness here Wednesday to the killing of a Palestinian baby whose photograph was prominently displayed in newspapers here.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 5/12/2001
Mrs. Mubarak hails Shura Council female candidates
Chairwoman of the National Council for Women Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak expressed appreciation for the Shura Council female candidates in the mid-term elections to be held next week and praised their role in backing women participation in the political life. Mrs. Mubarak wished them success in the election process.
Egypt, Politics, 5/12/2001
Mubarak's efforts to salvage ME peace process
The message comes in the framework of efforts by President Mubarak for saving the peace process which is deteriorating because of the escalation of the Israeli attacks against Palestinians and in the framework of sustained follow up and consultations between Cairo and Washington.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 5/12/2001
Calls to consolidate dialogue within Med forum
The foreign ministers of the Mediterranean Forum wound up Friday a meeting in Tangiers with a call to consolidate dialogue among member states.
Regional, Politics, 5/12/2001
Moussa wants to reform Arab League
Egyptian foreign minister, Amr Moussa, called Thursday for reforming the Arab League to make of it "a genuine regional organization."
Regional, Politics, 5/12/2001
Morocco calls EU to plays its roles as sponsor of mideast peace process
Morocco on Friday called on the European Union to fully play its role, on an equal footing with the USA, as sponsor of the Middle East peace process.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 5/12/2001
Egypt, Libya keen on expanding electricity cooperation
Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Energy Ali El-Saedi underlined the depth of Egyptian-Libyan relations, especially in the electricity and energy domain.
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 5/12/2001
Mediterranean forum condemns Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians
The foreign ministers of the member countries of the Mediterranean forum, convened here May 10-11 have condemned the excessive use of military force by Israel against Palestinian civilians.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 5/12/2001
Syrian artists are very aware of their history, mythologies and traditions
"Syrian art is very interesting, because of the ancient history of the country. The Syrian artists are very aware of their history, the mythologies and traditions. And this is shown in their art works. They might be working very differently, even from each other, but underneath there is a common awareness of their place in Syria through their history and the use of symbols ," said American artist Sandra Lerner in a statement to Arabic News.
Syria, Culture, 5/12/2001
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Egyptian foreign minister, Amr Moussa, said Friday he will hand President Husni Moubarak a message from King Mohammed VI. The message is a response of the one President Moubarak sent to the Moroccan king, Moussa told the press upon arrival from Morocco, where he attended a meeting of the Mediterranean Forum.
An Arab Gulf diplomatic source in Washington said in a telephone call with the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyasah from London on Thursday that a strong trend has emerged in the US administration on Thursday towards releasing a statement holding both Syria and Lebanon the responsibility for escalating the armed conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the political department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has lauded the backing King Mohammed VI extends to the Palestinians for the safeguard of the holy shrines, especially Al-Quds Asharif.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will open on May 22 meetings of the 6th summit of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The two-day summit will be held under the title "Free Trade Area.. A Launch into Investment."
Pro-government militia regained control of Mogadishu's (Somalia) abandoned seaport today after 40 people were killed and 100 injured in a gun battle between the forces loyal to Hussein Aideed and pro-government gunmen normally in charge of the area, The New York Times reported today.
Sudan's foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has stated that talks of the Libyan President Muaammar al-Qaddafi with the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday in al-Khartoum dealt with several Arab and African issues of mutual concern and with the joint Egyptian- Libyan initiative and means of materializing it and Sudanese- Ugandan relations.
The London - based al-Sharq al-Awsat daily issued on Friday said that the contract of the director of the press office at the Syrian presidential palace Jibran Koreyah, who is over 70 year old, has expired three days ago. The paper indicated that Koreyah was appointed in his post at the director for the Presidential press office in 1980 instead of his predecessor Ahmad Kamel Elias who has become since then an advisor at the Syrian presidency.
The Israeli defense minister Benjamin Bin Aleazar on Friday met with 17 ambassadors for the European Union EU member states to Israel. The Israeli radio said that Bin Aleazer urged the ambassador to deal firmly with the chairman of the Palestinian authority Yasser Arafat to put an end to the Intifada.
The Moroccan telecom regulatory authority (ANRT) has called for the generalization of internet packages to all providers. The offer of the Moroccan phone operator, Ittisalat al-Maghrib (IAM), of internet packages including subscription and communications can contribute to developing access to the net, ANRT said.
A new AIDS prevention and treatment center was opened Friday in Kelaat Seraghna, a town near Marrakesh. The 25-bed center, the second in Morocco, will offer confidential and free diagnosis to 94,323 HIV and STD-infected patients. The center, built over 600 square meters, will also wage awareness campaigns.
The eighth Arab civil protection conference will be open in Rabat on Monday to debate issues pertaining to struggle against disasters. Participants will study the standardization of terminology, environment protection, natural hazards prevention, struggle against fires, chemical products and others.
An expedition of the Supreme Council of Antiquities discovered the remains of adobe-built pharaonic village in Daqahlia province. Inside the nine unearthed houses they found out daily-life utensils such as cooking pots plus amulets and trinkets that shed light on the religious creeds available at that time among the villagers.
Morocco's rugby team will start next week a training in the Atlas mountain town of Ifran to warm up for an African Nations Cup against Tunisia on May 19. Morocco, which tops the North Group, already booked qualification to the semi-final.