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Yemen welcomes joining GCC 's several establishments
Yemen on Monday welcomed the decision taken by leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC )to permit it joining certain GCC establishments as the first step towards full membership, Yemen has been demanding since long years.
Yemen-Gulf, Politics, 1/2/2002
King Fahd confers with chairman of the Iranian Shoura council
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on Monday in Jeddah received the chairman of the Saudi Shoura council Mahdi Karoubi and members of the accompanying delegation.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 1/2/2002
Al-Riyadh rules out women's participation in the Shoura council
The chairman of the Saudi Shoura council Sheikh Muhammad Bin Jubeir on Monday ruled out appointing women in the council whose members ( all men) are appointed by the King.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/2/2002
Syrian source denies news leaked by Israel on closing Palestinian opposition offices in Damascus
A Syrian source has denied news leaked recently by Israel saying that Damascus has informed the US its readiness to study means of closing all offices for the opposition Palestinian organizations which take Damascus as a headquarters.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 1/2/2002
Iraq renews its rejection for the return back of UN inspectors
Iraq on Monday reiterated it will not permit the return back of the UN inspectors in charge of dismantling its weapons, who left the country three years ago accusing them of " spying."
Iraq, Politics, 1/2/2002
974 million, the deficit in Oman's budget for 2002
Oman has expected a deficit in its budget for 2002 at USD 380 Omani Riyals ( estimated at USD 974 million) at an increase of 17% over the budget of 2001, according to the Omani news agency on Tuesday.
Oman, Economics, 1/2/2002
Khartoum: peace is coming
The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has stressed that peace in Sudan is eventually coming as a fruit for the government's efforts and various regional and international initiatives."
Sudan, Politics, 1/2/2002
Egypt, Iraq discuss spheres of economic, trade cooperation
Egyptian Trade Minister Mohammed Mahdi Saleh stressed that the Egyptian delegation's visit to Iraq under Foreign Trade Minister Youssef Boutros Ghali was successful and helped in deepening economic and trade interaction between the two states.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 1/2/2002
Turkish forces incur into Iraq to chase Kurdistani workers party members
Turkish military and customs officials said that hundreds of Turkish soldiers incurred into north Iraq during the two past days to chase Kurdish Turks belong to the " Kurdistani workers Party."
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 1/2/2002
Prime minister opens number of projects Wednesday
Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid Wednesday continues his field tours in the governorates to follow up the execution of projects which upgrade services for the masses in every village and town in Egypt.
Egypt, Economics, 1/2/2002
Iraq accuses the UN of obstructing contracts at a cost of 6 billion
Iraq has accused the UN of acquiring the greater part of the revenues of the oil-for-food program.
Iraq, Economics, 1/2/2002
Israel kidnaps five Palestinians
With the announcement of the return back of the American envoy Anthony Zinni to the region, Israel has started escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories and on Tuesday broke into Qabateyah town of Jenin district, demolished several houses and carried out breaking in operation during which they arrested four Palestinian youths.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/2/2002
Arab banks union organizes colloquy on credit cards techniques
The Arab Banks Union will organize a colloquy in Morocco next April 23-25 on payment and credit cards techniques.
Regional, Economics, 1/2/2002
Ghana's president wishes to establish special relations with Morocco
President of Ghana John kufuor expressed the wish to establish special relations with Morocco and to make of these relations an example to be followed by other African countries.
Morocco-Ghana, Politics, 1/2/2002
Human rights organizations stage sit-in in Casablanca
Several Moroccan human rights organizations have staged a sit-in in Casablanca on Monday, to call for the setting up of an independent national body to establish truth in past human rights violations.
Morocco, Culture, 1/2/2002
US envoy Zinni to return back to the Palestinian territories
An official at the US embassy in Israel said on Tuesday that the US envoy Anthony Zinni will return back to the Palestinian territories.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/2/2002
LE 75 billion for carrying out investments of the development plan
At its next meeting, the Cabinet under Prime Minister Atef Ebaid will review the guidelines of the social and economic development plan for the upcoming Fiscal year 2002-2003. Cabinet sources said the development plan draft aims at carrying out investments worth LE 75 billion of which the private sector will carry out at least 70%.
Egypt, Economics, 1/2/2002
Maher to visit Washington late January
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said on Tuesday he is likely to visit the US late in January.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 1/2/2002
Spain to exert efforts to promote European stance vis a vis Mideast Peace-Ambassador
Egypt's Ambassador to Spain Hussein Haridi Tuesday voiced belief that Spain will exert efforts over the coming six months to promote the European stance vis-a-vis the Mideast peace process.
Palestine-Spain, Politics, 1/2/2002
Al-Ateyah is the secretary general for the GCC
Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states have agreed the appointment of the Qatari minister Abdul Rahman al- Ateyah as the council's secretary genera. Al-Ateyah ( 51 year old) is to replace Jamil al-Husjeilan for a three- year term of office starting as from April the date when the second term of office for Sheikh Hujeilan expires.
Gulf, Politics, 1/2/2002
Moroccan sanitation team honored by Algiers governor
The Wali of Bab El Oued (district in Algiers) honored on Tuesday Moroccan sanitation experts who were dispatched to Algiers to help in restoring the sanitation system in floods-affected avenues.
Algeria-Morocco, Culture, 1/2/2002
A peace award for the AL chief
Karran Montana Forum has given its annual peace award to the secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa.
Regional, People, 1/2/2002
Palestinian authority restores Gaza airport at great costs
The Palestinian Authority began restoration and reconstruction of Gaza international airport that was seriously damaged as a result of Israeli warplanes' attacks that destroyed the runway and several facilities.
Palestine, Economics, 1/2/2002
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Syria, besides, other 4 new states to the UN Security Council on Tuesday joined the UN Security Council 15 member states.The election to choose the five countries whose membership started on Tuesday were held in October 2001. The last time Syria was a member at the UN Security Council was between 1970-1971.
The ruler of al-Riyadh prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also the chairman of the people's committee for helping the Palestinian ( Mujahideen) instructed the transfer of 5,084,134 Saudi riyals( USD 1,355,769) to the Palestinian national fund in the PLO in order to help families of the Palestinian ( martyrs ) and detainees in the Israeli jails.
Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohammed Benaissa, has postponed to a later date a visit to Cairo, initially scheduled for this Jan.4. Due to last-minute commitments, Benaissa had to postpone his visit to Cairo, Moroccan and Egyptian diplomatic sources in Cairo said.
Israel has asked the European Union to add the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Hizbullah to the list of what it called the terrorist organizations into its terrorism list.
Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat on Monday discussed with the German foreign minister Yushla Fischer and the higher representative for foreign policy and security at the European Union Javier Solana discussed latest conditions in the Palestinian territories amid the Israeli military escalation against the Palestinian people.
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine arrived in this Upper Egyptian town Tuesday on a two-day visit. The French top diplomat and his wife spent their New Year's eve in Aswan. Vedrdine was welcomed at the airport by Luxor Higher Council Chief Al-Desouk Al-Bana.
An Israel team has headed to Argentina on Tuesday chaired by the chairman of the Jewish agency Slai Mirdor and the Israeli minister of education in the Israeli government Limore Lifnant, with the aim of urging the Argentine Jews to migrate into Israel "making use of the economic conditions taking place in Argentina." The Israeli radio said the chairman of the Israeli authorities center will also work for encouraging the immigration of the Jewish community existed in Argentina to Israel.
The UN children's fund UNICEF will participate in the elaboration of a social development program in favor of childhood in the Moroccan southern province of Zagora. UNICEF had contributed, part of a 4-year partnership program signed with the province of Zagora in 1998, to several social projects covering drinking water, education and healthcare.