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Sudan declares state of alert against the rebels in the south
The Sudanese cabinet on Thursday announced the beginning of a campaign of alert in the country and to mobilize all potentials in order to confront the attack launched by the rebels in the southern part of the country.
Sudan, Politics, 6/8/2001
Reconciliation efforts among the Lebanese leaders
Well-informed Lebanese sources told the London- based al-Hayat daily on Thursday that purifying the atmospheres between the Lebanese President Emil Lahoud, the speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri and the Prime minister Rafik al-Hariri require the completion of dialogue meetings among them so as to establishing the basics of the relations between the various constitutional establishments.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 6/8/2001
Arab Maghreb union, strategic choice, premier
Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi stressed the importance of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), saying the edification of the union is a priority strategic choice for the survival of Maghreban people.
Morocco-Maghreb, Politics, 6/8/2001
A new Israeli settlement in al-Khuder village
The Israeli forces on Thursday broke into areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority in Rafah and bulldozed a position for the Palestinian security and two houses, while the Israeli tanks were opening their fire on the Palestinian quarters.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/8/2001
King Mohammed dedicates medical center for disabled
Morocco's King Mohammed VI dedicated Wednesday a re-education and re-adaptation center for disabled people in Bouskoura, Casablanca suburbs.
Morocco, Health, 6/8/2001
Qatari chief editor knifed
Chief editor of the Qatari daily was wounded on Wednesday when he was attacked and stabbed by three Qatari men.
Qatar, Local, 6/8/2001
Moroccan- Ivoirian meetings in Rabat
Morocco's minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, reviewed in Rabat Thursday with Cote d'Ivoire peer, Abou Drahamane Sangare means to give a new impetus to cooperation between the two African countries.
Morocco-Cote d'Ivoire, Politics, 6/8/2001
Israeli settlers urge killing Palestinians
Thousands of Jewish settlers and their partisans gathered on Wednesday in the downtown of Jerusalem to express their regret over the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and call on him to release the Israeli military force against the Palestinians. They also raised banners and chanted slogans criticizing Sharon for not revenging the suicide attack which took place in Tel Aviv last Friday.
Israel-Palestine, Politics, 6/8/2001
Arab summit resolutions follow up committee to meet in Amman
A source at the Arab League said on Thursday that the meeting in charge of following up the Arab summit resolutions in support of the Palestinians will hold an ordinary meeting in Amman this month in order to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories.
Regional, Politics, 6/8/2001
Moroccan, German interior departments set up joint committee
Talks between the two sides covered issues falling within the scope of the interior departments' prerogatives, mainly struggle against drug trafficking and illegal immigration webs, the situation of the Moroccan community settled in Germany and of the German nationals living in Morocco, civilians' protection, decentralization and staff training, the statement said.
Morocco-Germany, Politics, 6/8/2001
Life imprisonment for Ghassan Touma
The permanent Lebanese military court on Thursday sentenced in absentia a life imprisonment for Ghassan Touma, the second ranking man in the dissolved Lebanese Forces militias.
Lebanon, Politics, 6/8/2001
Morocco will be major oil producer in five years, official
Morocco will be a major hydrocarbon producer in the five coming years, Director General of the Moroccan Oil company (ONAREP), Ms. Amina Benkhadra, said.
Morocco, Economics, 6/8/2001
Libya signs cooperation agreement with Portugal
The secretary of the general people's committee for foreign contacts and international co-operation in Libya Abdul Rahman Shalqam and the Portuguese minister of state for foreign affairs on Wednesday evening in Tripoli signed a a memorandum of understanding on an agreement to maintain consultations between the two sides.
Libya-Portugal, Politics, 6/8/2001
Francophone association of visually-impaired persons born in Casablanca
Casablanca played host on Thursday to the constitutive assembly of the Francophone association of visually-impaired persons.
Morocco-Regional, Culture, 6/8/2001
Amnesty international decries Israeli aggressions
The London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, decried the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/8/2001
On Turkish- Syrian relations
The Turkish daily " Daily News " said on Thursday that Turkey, in its attempt to maintain a balance in its relations with Syria and Israel is currently hosting a Syrian military delegation chaired by Lt. Gen. Ahmad al-Ali from the training department. This is, however, the second Syrian military delegation which visits Turkey within 6 months.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 6/8/2001
An Israeli violation to the Lebanese territories
An Israeli force on Thursday crossed the withdrawal line drawn by the UN at the Lebanese borders with Israel towards the occupied Lebanese territories.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/8/2001
Israeli embassy in Amman denies granting visa to Houtari
The Israeli radio said on Thursday that an Israeli diplomat in the Israeli embassy in Amman has categorically denied news that Saeed al-Houtari who carried out the Palestinian suicide operation in Tel Aviv on Saturday to have had entered Israel using an entry visa released by the Israeli embassy in Amman.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/8/2001
Egyptian delegation takes part in death anniversary of President Hafez al-Assad
Delegated by the Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, an official Egyptian delegation will take part in the celebration to be held on the first anniversary of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 6/8/2001
Killer of five women arrested
A 45-year old man who admitted the killing of five women was arrested last Saturday in El Jadida as he just left the house of his last victim.
Morocco, Local, 6/8/2001
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The Saudi daily al-Watan said in its Thursday's issue that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will within next week pay a visit to France. The paper added, quoting well-informed sources in Damascus that President Bashar al-Assad will discuss during this visit with President Jacque Chirac and high ranking French officials bilateral "relations and conditions in the region and the dangers imposed on the Palestinian people as a result of the oppressive Israeli practices and the need of having an effective European role in the peace process."
The Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Thursday made a telephone call with the Secretary general of the Arab League Amr Moussa during which they held consultations on latest developments in the region.
Prince Abdellah Ben Abdelaziz, Saudi heir apparent, deputy-president of the ministers council and commander of the Saudi National Guard, is expected this June 10-11 on an official visit to Morocco. A statement of the Moroccan ministry of the royal household, protocol and chancellery said the Saudi official and King Mohammed VI will hold a meeting and the king will host a dinner for his guest at the royal palace in Agadir.
A booby trapped car explosion of a green-color Volvo parked in front off Bin Jbeil Municipality in South Lebanon on Thursday resulted in wounding three Lebanese citizens, one of them is critically wounded. The three wounded people were admitted to Salah Ghanour hospital in Bin Jbeil for medical treatment and the police started investigations over this incident.
The chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat on Thursday in Ramullah met with former Israeli minister of Justice Yusi Belin. The Israeli radio said that discussions dealt with latest security and political developments in the region.
Amnesty International on Wednesday denounced the impunity of the torturers of the Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria, where thousands of Moroccan citizens are held under forcible detention by the Polisario. The report, which outlines human rights violations perpetrated in 149 countries during 2000, decried the restrictions to freedom of expression, of association and of movement in the Tindouf Camps.
The Moroccan Pensions Fund (CMR) has purchased 97,774 shares in the Moroccan National Development Bank (BNDE), increasing thus its participation in the state-run bank capital to 6.19 percent.
A French bus driver, who was arrested last May 23 in the port of Tangiers with 855 Kilograms of Chira hidden in the vehicle, was sentenced to 7 years in prison and a fine of 30,000 DH ($2.7 million).