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Jordan king starts a visit to Saudi Arabia
The Jordanian King Abdullah II on Sunday started an important visit to Saudi Arabia which will last for two days during which he will hold talks with the Saudi leadership dealing with latest developments on the Arab and international arenas and revitalizing Arab solidarity and joint work.
Saudi Arabia-Jordan, Politics, 1/28/2002
Moussa did not rule out visiting Iraq again
The secretary general of the Arab League Amr Moussa has not ruled out the possibility of his coming back to Baghdad prior to the convening of the Arab summit, but he noted that there is not, yet, plans on his agenda to visit Baghdad.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 1/28/2002
Libya stress closer trade ties to Iran
Head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM) Ali Naqi Khamoushi said Sunday that private sector activity does not have any political ramifications so political discussions between governments should not hinder private sector cooperation.
Libya-Iran, Economics, 1/28/2002
Khatami address Arab-Iranian Friendship Association
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami in an address to the first meeting of Arab-Iranian Friendship Association stressed the need for identification and removal of obstacles to dialogue between Muslim nations and the outside world.
Regional-Iran, Politics, 1/28/2002
Report: Khatami, Libyan minister discuss bilateral cooperation
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said on Monday Iran and Libya have firm relations and that the two countries have always stood by each other through difficult times, IRNA reported.
Libya-Iran, Politics, 1/28/2002
An operation by Palestinian female kills 2 Israelis, 190 wounded
A Palestinian female student from al-Najah university carried out a "martyrdom" operation in the downtown of west Jerusalem resulted in killing two Israelis and wounding 190, many of them were seriously wounded, according to preliminary news reports of Sunday evening.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/28/2002
Mubarak, Jordanian monarch exchange messages on regional tensions
"Security is achieved by peace, and peace could only be reached through negotiations," he told a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Marwan al-Maashar
Jordan-Egypt, Politics, 1/28/2002
Ruler of Qatar confers with Iran's minister of defense
The ruler of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Saturday received at the Emir's royal court the Iranian Defense minister Gen. Ali Shamakhani.
Qatar-Iran, Politics, 1/28/2002
Jordanian Islamic labor front party elections
The Islamic labor front party has completed the election of members of the Shoura council in 22 of its branches in Jordan. They are 120 members.
Jordan, Politics, 1/28/2002
Libyan- Sudanese discussions
The secretary general of the people's general committee for African Unity in Libya Abdul Salaam al-Tureiki has discussed with the Sudanese foreign minister Othman Ismael Othman bilateral relations between the two states and means of supporting them
Libya-Sudan, Politics, 1/28/2002
UAE mediation between India, Pakistan
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Saturday evening called on India and Pakistan for self- control. This was expressed upon his meeting with a special envoy delegated by the Indian prime minister Atal Vajiani.
United Arab Emirates-India, Politics, 1/28/2002
Yemen releases son of Abu Hamza al-Masri, evacuated to London
The Yemeni authorities on Saturday released Muhammad Mustafa Kamel, son of the Islamist extremist Abu Hamzeh al-Masri, of the British nationality after he had spent three year imprisonment penalty.
Yemen, Politics, 1/28/2002
Aftermath of the recent destruction of homes in Rafah
Sitting in the yellow light of a canvas tent in Rafah, southern Gaza, 41-year-old Atef Al Najjar spoke of the horror he had felt when he awoke in the early hours of 10 January to the sound of bulldozers crashing into his neighbour's wall.
Palestine, Politics, 1/28/2002
More anti Palestinian stances by US administration
Israeli political sources said on Sunday that the US administration is intending to shortly announce al-Aqsa "martyrs" groups of the Palestinian Fatah movement as a terrorist organization.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 1/28/2002
Saudi ministry of the interior continues receiving inquiries about Saudis arrested in USA
The general department of relations and guidance at the Saudi ministry of the Interior has stated it still continues receiving inquiries of families of Saudis who were arrested in the USA, so as to answer their calls and provide them with necessary information about their children.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 1/28/2002
UAE: one royal family member killed in Sharja
Papers issued in Dubai on Saturday reported that one member of the ruling family in the United Arab Emirates UAE dies in a plane crash which he was riding.
United Arab Emirates, Local, 1/28/2002
Israel violates signed agreements every day, every minute
On American and Israeli statements blaming Palestinian President Yasser Arafat for what is going on, although he himself is besieged by the Israeli forces in Ramallah, Maher underlined that weakening the Palestinian Authority does not enable it to take the necessary measures.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 1/28/2002
Morocco's FM visits Ireland
Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, paid a visit to Ireland this January 27-28, at the invitation of his Irish peer, Brian Cowen.
Morocco-Ireland, Politics, 1/28/2002
Egypt, Australia consider setting up gas liquefaction plants
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmi held talks yesterday with a visiting Australian official to discuss bilateral cooperation in the petroleum sector.
Egypt-Australia, Economics, 1/28/2002
Clashes receded among inter- Somali faction
A Somali tribal leader has stressed that the fighting among the warring tribes in the southern and central Somalia started to recede after war lords had reached an agreement on cease fire.
Somalia, Politics, 1/28/2002
Israel prevents Palestinian official from heading to Lebanon
The justice official at the Palestinian Authority Freij Abu Medyan has stated that the Israeli authorities prevented him from heading to Beirut to take part in the periodical meeting of the Arab ministers of the Interior due to be held in Beirut today.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/28/2002
Moussa and Marry Robinson address terror as a challenge
Robinson said a cause of concern was that, in some countries, non-violent activities have been considered as terrorism, and excessive measures have bean taken to suppress or restrict individual rights including privacy rights, fair trial, and the right to asylum.
Regional, Politics, 1/28/2002
After 80 years of absence,Akhenaton's sarcophagus returns home
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni Sunday called on all world countries which are still in possession of smuggled Egyptian antiquities to return them back to Egypt which is planning to build the biggest museum in the world on the Fayyoum desert road.
Egypt, Local, 1/28/2002
Two German frigates in Djibouti
Two German Frigates arrived on Sunday in Djibouti within a caravan of three frigates which will help in naval periodical acts in the region from the Red Sea to the Gulf to support what is called the American campaign against terrorism.
Djibouti-Germany, Politics, 1/28/2002
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The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday reiterated the need that the International community to ensure, quickly, an international protection for the Palestinian people which have been exposed to a war of extermination by the Israeli military occupation.
Iraq's deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz arrived on Sunday in Beijing where he will be meeting with his Chinese counterpart Keyan Keish.
In its recent issue, the Lebanese magazine al- Sheraa said that the Syrian defense minister Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass whose term of office will be expired for reaching 70 years old in April will be extended for two more new years.
The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived on Sunday in Doha. He was accompanied by the UN special envoy for Afghanistan El Akhader al-Ibraheimi, in a visit which will deal with conditions in the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan. The Qatari News Agency quoted Annan as saying that he was to discuss with the Qatari officials developments in the region and conditions in Afghanistan.
Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, is expected in Moscow Tuesday on a short visit.Benaissa will hold a meeting Wednesday with his Russian peer, Igor Ivanov on the latest developments of the Palestinian issue and on cooperation relations between Morocco and Russia.
The Syrian Foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Sunday received Muhammad Ismael Mohsin, Sri Lanka's new ambassador in Damascus and the director of the consulate affairs at the Sri Lanka's foreign ministry Muhammad Zawaheir.
Algerian Ambassador to Tehran Abd al-Qader Hajar in a meeting with First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Aref Sunday said Algeria resolves to diversify and reinforce ties with Iran in all areas and that the Tehran-Algiers joint commission would help broaden mutual cooperation, IRNA reported.
The Sudanese foreign ministry secretary Mutrraf Saddiq has denied the existence of any secret items in the agreement between the government of Sudan and the rebels movement which was signed in Switzerland just one week concerning the cease fire in al-Nouba mountains in Sudan.
The chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat on Saturday evening urged Britain and Spain to work for halting the Israeli military aggressions against the unarmed Palestinian people.
The Israeli government has announced its rejection to permit Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestinian Authority to travel to Europe in order to take part in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the European Union
A team of the International Agency for Atomic energy on Saturday started a routine mission which will last for four days and will cover inspecting the Iraqi firms and convening meetings with the Iraqi officials. An Iraqi source said that the team which includes 7 experts headed on Saturday morning to one of the Iraqi sites near Baghdad starting this periodical mission which has been carried out according to the international agreement which Iraq had joined in 1972.
Investigations in the file of assassinating the former Israeli minister Eli Hobeiqa and his three guards still concentrate on disclosing the identity of the two persons who bought the booby trapped car from the car exhibition in Jezzine. Several persons were connected to the question of the car. The number reached five persons but investigation circles said the number is not important, increasing once and decreasing at other times.
Morocco's Kamal Saidou on Sunday won the Marrakesh international Marathon clocking 02h.14:56.
Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui slipped this week to the fifth ATP rank, topped by Swede Thomas Johansson, winner of the weekend's grand slam tournament of Australia.
The commander of Jerusalem's police Mekki Levy on Sunday had a heart attack just short time after the suicide operations in the downtown of the city, according to a source in the Israeli police. Doctors said that Levy had the heart attack when he headed for the site of the operation in Jafa streets and that he was admitted to " Beikour Houlim " hospital.