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First Omani minister to visit Baghdad since 10 years
The Omani news agency said on Sunday said that the Omani minister of commerce and industry Maqboul Bin Ali Bin Sultan will head today for Baghdad in the first visit of its kind to be held by a member of the Omani government to Iraq since the eruption of the Gulf war in 1991.
Oman-Iraq, Politics, 6/4/2001
New political party born in Morocco
A new political party named "Party of reform and development was born on Saturday by former members of the liberal "National Rally of Independents" (RNI).
Morocco, Politics, 6/4/2001
Paying compensations to victims of forced disappearance in Morocco is brave, activist
Secretary general of the Arab human rights organization, Mohamed Faik, hailed as "brave and fair" Morocco's decision to grant compensation to victims of forced disappearance.
Morocco-Regional, Culture, 6/4/2001
Egypt celebrates Prophet Muhammad's birthday
This can be attained only through persistent pursuit, hard work rather through well-wishing and lip service. It is only through abundant production, creative work by smart brains, free will, high spirits and strong, well-trained manpower that our nation would deserve to be termed as ordained by Allah Almighty says, The best community that hath been ever rised up.
Egypt, Religion, 6/4/2001
King Mohammed congratulations to Islamic heads of state on Prophet's birthday
there is a pressing need for the Ummah to cling to those values and ideals, so that the world may understand that Islam is indeed a religion of tolerance and moderation; that it calls for a righteous, morally flawless attitude towards the others. It further insists that truth and piousness should be made to prevail in all deeds and dealings.
Morocco-Regional, Religion, 6/4/2001
Two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
Despite the fact that the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat has declared a cease fire, the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people continued and more Palestinians were killed or wounded while great damages were inflicted on houses and properties of the Palestinians.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/4/2001
Khaddam in good health conditions
Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam collapsed on Sunday in Lebanon while he was giving a speech at a ceremony held to commemorate the 14th death anniversary of the former Lebanese Prime minister Rashid Karami in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 6/4/2001
Hectic contacts for peace by Egyptian foreign minister Maher
"But we have to take into account that the number of the Palestinian civilians killed by Israelis surpassed those that have fallen dead on the Israeli side, so the source of violence is already known," Maher said.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 6/4/2001
The pan conference on Sudanese reconciliation; relation with Egypt special
The Sudanese ambassador in Cairo Abdul Halim said that the committee of the joint Libyan- Egyptian joint initiative has prepared a plan for the pan conference and this plan will be submitted for the Sudanese government later.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 6/4/2001
Moussa warns of escalating tension
Commenting on Friday's explosion in Tel Aviv, Moussa said "What is going on in the Palestinian lands is the tragic result of the collapse of the peace process and the ongoing tension between the Palestinians and Israelis."
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 6/4/2001
An Arab conference against normalization
The committee in charge of normalization of the Arab Vocational Trade Union has decided to convene an Arab conference to resist normalization with Israel in Amman this year in collaboration with the anti- normalization committees in the Arab states.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 6/4/2001
Egypt calls for intensive efforts to reach Mideast settlement
Emerging from the meeting, Minister of Information Safwat Al-Sherif said the cabinet discussed the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian lands and the perilously-growing violence between the two sides.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 6/4/2001
Lebanese defense means intercept the Israeli warplanes
The Israeli warplanes on Sunday continued its violations of the Lebanese airspace and carried out mock and provocative raids over Beirut and several Lebanese areas in South Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/4/2001
Mousa, al-Tweijari to revitalize Arab performance
The secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amre Mousa on Sunday discussed with the director general of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development Ibrahim al-Tweijari the organization's plans and programs for the coming phase and the possibility of revitalizing the organization's role in supporting administration work in the Arab states.
Regional, Politics, 6/4/2001
USFP protesters want extraordinary congress
A group of militants of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) called Sunday for an extraordinary congress of the party, making it clear that they will not split from the party.
Morocco, Politics, 6/4/2001
Libya, Mali to boost bilateral relations
Libyan President Muaammar al-Qaddafi on Sunday reviewed with the president of the republic of Mali Omar Konari and members of the accompanying delegation issues pertinent to developing and consolidating relations
Libya-Mali, Politics, 6/4/2001
Morocco, France to upgrade cooperation in new information technologies
Morocco-France, Economics, 6/4/2001
Saeed al-Houtari identified in bombing against Israel
The groups of Ezz Eddine al-Qassam, the military wing of the Hamas movement have announced full responsibility for the suicide operation in Tel Aviv which resulted in killing some 20 Israelis and wounding other 120 others.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/4/2001
Nizar Hamdoun appointed at Iraq's new ambassador in Austria
An Iraqi weekly said on Sunday that Iraq has decided to appoint the foreign ministry secretary Nizar Hamdoun as a new ambassador for Iraq to Austria in succession to Naji Sabri al-Hadeithi who at the meantime occupies the post of the minister of state for foreign affairs.
Iraq, Politics, 6/4/2001
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday afternoon received a telephone call from President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt during which talks dealt with current conditions in the region and the Israeli threats directed against the unarmed Palestinians and issues of concern to the two states.
Libyan president, Muammar Gadahfi, on Saturday got a message from Morocco's King Mohammed VI. The king's envoy also met secretary of the Libyan People's Committee for African unity, Abdeslam Triki. The Libyan TV said talks covered the situation in the Arab world and means to promote the Arab Maghreb Union. On the agenda were also means to develop relations between the two countries.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday performed noon prayer at al-Rawda mosque in Damascus where he took part in the religious ceremony which was held by the ministry of al-Awqaf ( Islamic Trust) to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The noon prayer at the said mosque was also performed by senior Syrian officials.
Moroccan-Algerian parliamentary cooperation was discussed at a meeting in Algiers Sunday between Morocco's ambassador to Algeria, Mohamed Said Benryane, and speaker of the upper house of the Algerian parliament (The Nation's Council), Mohamed Cherif Messadia. Talks also covered issues of mutual concern at the Maghreban and Arab scales.
Bahrain's prime minister Sheikh Khaleifa Bin Salman al-Khaleifa on Sunday received Qatar minister of state for internal affairs Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Bin Jasem al-Thani and members of the accompanying delegation, currently visiting Bahrain. The two sides reviewed issues of mutual concern as well as strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday received a telephone call from former US President George Bush. View points were exchanged on issued of joint concern especially the developments of events in the Middle East region.
National Democratic Party (NDP) Swooped the second stage of run-off elections of the Shura Council. NDP's candidates won 13 seats out of 17, while independents won 4 seats. Ministry of the interior announced the final results of six governorates.
Several members of the Egyptian parliament had made a proposal which was the first of its kind in the history of the parliament aiming to prevent the Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres from entering the Egyptian territories.
Iraq said it would stop oil exports for one month "until the United Nations Security Council backed down on its resolution on Friday that extended an oil-for-food exchange by a month instead of the normal six months," the New York Times reported.
On the occasion of Eid-Al-Mawlid Annaboui (birthday of the prophet Mohammed), marked on Tuesday in Morocco, king Mohammed VI issued a free pardon to 780 convicts, including some who are serving prison sentences. A release of the justice ministry says 272 prisoners received a total grace on the remaining period of their prison sentence, while the prison sentence of 474 convicts was reduced.
The second meeting of the Maghreban association of mothers, held over the week in Casablanca has decided to proclaim June 1st as the Maghreban mothers day. Participants also decided to compile a data bank on mothers and children in the region and post it on the web.
Moroccan athlete Elarbi Khattabi on Sunday won the 3000 m steeple race at Portland athletics meet, part of the IAAF grand Prix. Khattabi, 34, ran the distance in 8:12.95 ahead of Kenyan Stephen Cherono (8:22.98) and American Anthony Famiglietti (8:23.20).