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Ruler of Bahrain: amended constitution very soon
The ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa announced on Tuesday that the amended constitution might be issued as soon as possible in Bahrain.
Bahrain, Politics, 2/7/2002
A new Sudanese strategy to achieve peace
The Sudanese government has laid a new strategy to achieve peace from the inside the country and to make constitutional and legislative amendments to attain a just division of the wealth, the authority and political pluralism, in commitment to the decentralized presidency.
Sudan, Politics, 2/7/2002
Yemen: no more carrying weapons in the Yemeni cities
The Yemeni government on Tuesday announced banning carrying fire weapons in the Yemeni cities where the tribes own tremendous amounts of weapons.
Yemen, Politics, 2/7/2002
Mubarak in Paris today for talks on Middle East issue
French proposals are based on recognition of a Palestinian State as a starting point that would be followed with tackling the final-status issues and holding elections in the Palestinian territories.
Egypt-France, Politics, 2/7/2002
Moroccan, Chinese businessmen sign mou
Morocco's King Mohammed VI chaired Thursday evening in Shanghai the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Moroccan and Chinese businessmen.
Morocco-China, Economics, 2/7/2002
Mubarak and US envoy discuss joint efforts for halting violence and resuming negotiations
On the Israeli attempts to isolate President Yasser Arafat, Burns said the US stance is quite clear considering Arafat the president elected by Palestinians.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 2/7/2002
Bahrain: Four Shiite activists on the American blacklist
The elder son of the prominent Bahraini clergy Sheikh Abdul Ameer al-Jamri said that the Bahraini authorities informed him together with other three Shiite activists the need to be cautious to travelling abroad because their names are listed on the American " blacklist."
Bahrain-USA, Politics, 2/7/2002
Death toll rises to 15,336 in January
Statistics by Iraqi Health Ministry stated that about 15, 336 persons died in Iraq during January, 2002 due to their infliction of different kinds of diseases thanks to the dearth of food and medicine and other basic needs, INA reported.
Iraq, Local, 2/7/2002
Saudi Arabia denies tortures of foreigners arrested in al-Riyadh
The deputy for the Emir of Riyadh district prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz has denied news reports on torturing western persons arrested in Riyadh over their relation to the campaign of explosion took place in Riyadh and Khuber and resulted in killing one Briton, one American and wounding many others.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 2/7/2002
The US will not permit a new policy in north Iraq
The US ambassador in Ankara Robert Person said that the Washington's administration will not permit the formation of a new policy in north Iraq because they contradict with the American interests, besides that the neighboring states will not agree on it also.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 2/7/2002
Kuwait: A fire at al Shueiba oil refinery in Kuwait
A Kuwaiti official said that a break took place in one of the refinery's pressing equipment and a small fire caused the closure of the hydrogen unit of a capacity of 36,000 barrels of oil per day in al-Shueiba oil refinery.
Kuwait, Economics, 2/7/2002
Jordanian embassy denies that King Abdullah backed President Bush on 'evil axis'
The Jordanian embassy in Tehran has stressed that what was published by certain media on that the Jordanian King Abdullah II backed statements made by the US President George Bush concerning the " evil axis" is not correct. The embassy said that Jordan is careful to maintain its relations with all Islamic states.
Jordan-Iran, Politics, 2/7/2002
King Mohammed visits Niujie Mosque in Beijing
The Niujie mosque, covering a surface area of 6,000 m2, is the largest one among Beijing's 68 mosques. It was built by an Arab scholar in 996 and was formally named Niujie mosque in 1474. The mosque, combining Chinese and Arab architecture, was refurbished and enlarged under the Mongol dynasties.
Regional-China, Religion, 2/7/2002
Israel demolishes four houses in Jerusalem
The Israeli tanks on Wednesday bombarded one of the residential areas in Rafah, Gaza and this resulted in killing the Palestinian youth Fadi al-Azzazi and inflecting heavy damages in a Palestinian position.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/7/2002
Cooperation for breaking peace process deadlock
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher held a meeting yesterday with US envoy to the Middle East William Burns in presence of US ambassador in Cairo David Welch. The US envoy also met Osama AL Baz, the Political Advisor to the President.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 2/7/2002
Arafat stresses he will take part in the Arab summit in Beirut
The chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat, who is besieged in Ramullah since two months said in a statement issued on Wednesday that he will be attending the next Arab summit due to be held in Beirut in March.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 2/7/2002
Some 23,000 minor girls work as housemaids in Casablanca region
Some 23,000 young girls are working as housemaids in the region of Casablanca, according to findings of a survey conducted by the ministry of economic forecasts and planning, the UNICEF and the FNUAP.
Morocco, Economics, 2/7/2002
Libya, Denmark to found economic forum
This agreement states to found a Libyan- Danish economic forum including businessmen and experts in the economic, trade, industrial, services, tourism and financial areas.
Libya-Denmark, Economics, 2/7/2002
Powell confers with Bin Aliazer in Washington
The US secretary of state Colin Powell on Tuesday evening in Washington met with the Israeli defense minister Benjamin Bin Aliazer and reviewed with him the American and European efforts to calm down the situation in the Palestinian territories.
Israel-USA, Politics, 2/7/2002
Mubarak receives Spanish ruler of Catalonia
Talks also covered topics to be presented to the Valencia meeting to be held shortly in completion of the Barcelona Conference for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation held in 1995.
Egypt-Spain, Politics, 2/7/2002
Bahrain- US merged gas company
The Bahraini national gas company and the US Global Liquid Ink companies have announced the foundations of a joint company for investment in the area of natural gas.
Bahrain-USA, Business, 2/7/2002
Jordanian Muslim brothers elections
Sources of the Jordanian Muslim brothers groups have stressed that elections of the Muslim groups Shoura council started several days ago in the Jordanian provinces to elect 35 members directly and five members to be elected by the council itself as well as several "observers."
Jordan, Politics, 2/7/2002
Prisoner hunger strike in Kuwait
The Kuwaiti daily al-Seyasah said in its Wednesday's issue that seven prisoners started a hunger strike in protest of being arrested since one year.
Kuwait, Local, 2/7/2002
Donor countries wrap up meeting with pledge of $10.3 bln to Egypt
Egypt wrapped up a two-day donors' meeting yesterday saying donors had pledged $10.3 billion over the next three years, with about $2.1 billion for quick disbursement this year.
Egypt, Economics, 2/7/2002
Development plan broad outlines for comming loan
At the World Bank's Consultative Group meeting, due to be held in Sharm El- Sheikh, the government will present donors with its development plan for the coming period. What are the plan's broad outlines
Egypt, Economics, 2/7/2002
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"The Central Intelligence Agency has no evidence that Iraq has engaged in terrorist operations against the United States in nearly a decade, and the agency is also convinced that President Saddam Hussein has not provided chemical or biological weapons to Al Qaeda or related terrorist groups, according to several American intelligence officials." The New York Times said on Wednesday.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa urged the US to adopt the role of a fair and impartial mediator in the efforts exerted to ease tension and violence in the Middle East. Moussa said the U.S. diversion from this role would have negative consequences on the future of efforts aimed at ending the Arab-Israeli conflict and the establishment of peace.
"Visiting Saudi Commerce Minister Usama Ibn Jafaar Ibn Ibrahim Faqih said here on Thursday that the recent threats made by President Bush against the Islamic Republic of Iran leaves no effect on Saudi relation with Iran as well as with the other Islamic states" IRNA reported today.
Saad Eddin Ibrahim "who contends his only crime was criticizing the government" left Tora prison in Cairo after the Appeal Court granted him a new trial, NewsDay reported today.
Moroccan interior minister, Driss Jettou, flew Thursday to Mauritania where he conferred with Mauritanian peer, Lemrabott Sidi Mahmoud Ould Sheikh Ahmed, on issues pertaining to bilateral relations. The two parties said they will continue contacts with a view to developing ties between the two Maghreban states.
"Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faced a polite turndown from President Bush Thursday in his appeal for a break in U.S. diplomatic contact with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat" the Christian Science Monitor reported today.
Iran and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday signed in Tehran a memorandum of understanding in cooperation in the field of the environment, stating to strengthen relations and exchange expertise in the field of preserving the environment and eliminating environment pollution in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Bush administration is examining a full range of options on Iraq, and "it is the most serious assessment of options that one might imagine." President Bush is "leaving no stone unturned as to what we might do," Powell said, in dealing with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's refusal to permit U.N. international weapons inspections to resume.
"Saudi Arabia has initiated a process of evaluating and assessing its current school syllabi. The move comes after years of deliberations on the reasons behind the deterioration of the academic standards resulting in dearth of talented students," Dawn reported today.
Jordan and Germany on Wednesday in Amman signed a technical cooperation agreement in support of Jordanian projects at a cost of 9 million German Marks. The agreement which came into effect as from Wednesday states to support water projects and studies pertinent to founding a ministry of the environment and developing the electronic government system.
German deputy foreign minister, Ludger Volmer (Greens), will visit Morocco Feb. 9-12 for talks with Moroccan officials on means to upgrade bilateral cooperation, the German foreign department announced.
A Ukraine cargo plane crashed Wednesday in Taroudant, southern Morocco, and eight people, including the crew perished in the accident.