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Tunisia: A presidential pardon for opposition member al-Mawaadah
Tunisian opposition member Muhammad al-Mawaadah on Wednesday received a presidential pardoning on the occasion of Tunisian national day
Tunisia, Politics, 3/21/2002
After Qatar, Bahraini women decide to join municipal elections
Bahraini women on Wednesday evening announced their determination to nominate themselves to the municipal elections which will be held in Bahrain on May 9th. The first elections since 1957 in order to strengthen woman's participation in the political life in Bahrain.
Bahrain, Politics, 3/21/2002
Bahrain to monitor public funds, fight corruption
Shaikh Mohammed's committee, formed by Amiri decree in January, is charged with achieving the highest level of administrative performance, raising productivity, establishing the principles of transparency and impartiality and protecting public money
Bahrain, Politics, 3/21/2002
Saudi Arabia arrests poet for criticizing corruption
The Saudi authorities have arrested a Saudi poet who described in one of his poems the Saudi judiciary which is inspired by the Islamic Sharia as "corrupt." Also, the editor of the Saudi daily al-Madina, which published the poem was fired from his job.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 3/21/2002
Jordanian parties call for releasing Toujan al-Faisal
The Jordanian people's activists and national parties continued demanding the release of former member of the Jordanian parliament member Toujan al-Faisal, who was arrested by the Jordanian authorities last Saturday.
Jordan, Politics, 3/21/2002
Al-Assad- Mubarak discuss challenges, dangers the Arab nation faces
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife on Wednesday visited Cairo and held a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during which existing conditions in the Middle East were reviewed and the challenges facing the Arab woman towards this " critical phase of the national history of the Arab nation."
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 3/21/2002
Al-Assad meets Egyptian intellectuals
Syrian President Bashar al Assad met yesterday at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis with a number of Egyptian intellectuals and writers. Osama AL Baz, the Political Advisor to the President said President Assad's meeting with intellectuals and thinkers tackled many important issues.
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 3/21/2002
Saudi support for Yemen
The Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz has stressed that the support given by Saudi Arabia to Yemen to join the Arab education office of the Gulf states is but a duty necessitated by ties of fraternity and neighborhood.
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Politics, 3/21/2002
Stressing Kuwait's freedom and independence, Izzat Ibrahim commends Saudi rejection of striking Iraq
Deputy chairman of the revolution's leadership council in Iraq Izzat Ibrahim has commended the Saudi position rejecting a possible American strike against Iraq.
Iraq-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 3/21/2002
Al-Refai: Syria is ready for a balanced partnership with European Union
The minister of the economy and foreign trade Ghassan al-Refai on Wednesday stressed Syria's readiness for a balanced and gradual partnership with the European Union. He said that this partnership will be effective and it would be real.
Syria-European Union, Economics, 3/21/2002
Saudi Arabia wants greater investment in Egypt
Though Egyptian-Saudi trade exchange hit 2.2 billion rials, there are more potentials for larger exchange, said Saudi Minister of Trade Osama Bin Jaafar Faqeeh.
Egypt-Saudi Arabia, Economics, 3/21/2002
Continued Israeli siege and threats, Palestinian operation kill 7 soldiers, wound 35
A Palestinian resistance man carried out a suicide operation in an Israeli coach near Bjeido settlement, close to Bethlehem to the north of Tel Aviv resulted in killing 7 Israeli soldiers and wounding other 35 soldiers including 6 in a critical health condition. The executor of the operation also died.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 3/21/2002
A women sit in in solidarity with Palestinian women observed in Damascus
The Arab women committee in Syria in support of the Intifada on Wednesday observed a sit in before the UN office in Damascus in protest of the " Zionist crimes " against the Arabs in the occupied territories and in support of the Palestinians and their heroic uprising.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 3/21/2002
Belarus president calls for lifting sanctions imposed on Iraq
The Russian President Alexander Lukashenko has called for canceling the sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 3/21/2002
On the Saudi crown prince visit to Washington
The Saudi daily al-Watan said that it is expected that the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz will visit Washington in April after the next Arab summit will adopt his initiative.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 3/21/2002
Czech soldiers headed for Kuwait
The Czech daily Lidovi Novini said that the Czech soldiers who left several days ago to Kuwait will stand in support of the UN in the second phase of its war against international terrorism which will be this time against Iraq.
Kuwait-Czech Republic, Politics, 3/21/2002
Gulf defense agreement was deposited at the AL
Oman has deposited the common defense agreement of the Arab Gulf states at the Arab League. This agreement was ratified at Bahrain's summit which was held in 2000 by all members states of the Gulf Co-operation Council.
Gulf-Regional, Politics, 3/21/2002
Russian- Iraqi joint committee concludes constructive results
The Iraqi minister of oil Amer Rasheed has described the results of the fourth meeting of the Russian- Iraqi joint committee on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation which concluded its works in Moscow on Wednesday as constructive.
Iraq-Russia, Economics, 3/21/2002
Ebeid opens 35th Cairo int'l fair
Ebeid listened to a report on the plan of the ministry of agriculture to expand the Mubarak national project to give title deeds to agricultural land to young graduates and build 121 new villages as part of the project to support 45,000 families which own 225,000 feddans.
Egypt, Economics, 3/21/2002
Ebeid receives British industry minister
Wilson said his discussions with Ebeid had covered enhancing cooperation with Egypt particularly in the textile industry, food processing and petrochemicals.
Egypt-UK, Economics, 3/21/2002
Iraqi- Sudanese talks and signing a trade protocol
The Iraqi vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan has conveyed a verbal message from the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir relating to bilateral relations and the Arab causes of destiny and coordination between the two states in the Arab summit to be convened in Beirut by the end of the current month.
Iraq-Sudan, Politics, 3/21/2002
Maher: Arab solidarity conference, held at critical stage
Maher said the conference really highlights the great role the non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions are playing in the Arab states.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/21/2002
Grand Imam Tantawi said Palestinian resistance suicide persons are 'martyrs'
"Those who blow themselves up among aggressors, who demolish houses, kill men, women and innocent people and assault honour and property of Palestinians, are martyrs," he said.
Egypt-Palestine, Religion, 3/21/2002
Karnak complex upgrading process continues unabated
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni paid an inspection visit to a number of archaeological sites in Luxor which are being upgraded at present. Among the most important is the restoration project of the third storey of Hetshepsut Temple, west Luxor.
Egypt, History, 3/21/2002
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The chairman of the Kurdistani national federation Jalal al-Talibani has stressed that he is against the partition of Iraq or directing an American military blow against it.
All Jordanian dailies issued on Wednesday said that the Jordanian state security has arrested member of the Jordanian Ayan council (upper council ) Samih al-Bateikhi who is also former director of the Jordanian intelligence to investigate him concerning the ongoing Banking loan violation scandal. The papers said that after he was arrested on Tuesday al-Beteikhi and was interrogated and after hearing his statements he was held in custody for investigation in this case.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on Wednesday in Cairo received a message from Sultan Qabous Bin Saeed of Oman pertaining to latest developments of conditions in the Middle East region in light of the continued grave Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people and issues listed on the agenda of the next Arab summit in Beirut.
Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, accompanied by Syria's First Lady Asmaa al Asaad yesterday visited the Mubarak Public Library, the Greater Cairo-library and the Om Kalthoum's museum, located in El-Minsterly palace in Manyal, toured the antiquities in El-Haram district, and inspected the Children's hall in Mubarak Public Library that is for the use of children aged three to six years.
The Lebanese military court has sentenced Taqfiq al-Hindi, former advisor for the commander of the dissolved Lebanese Forces of three years imprisonment over dealing with Israel and also four year imprisonment to Antoine Bassel over contacting the Israeli enemy and the two of them were deprived of their "civil rights." The Lebanese military court also sentenced to death the two fleeing Lebanese Etyan Saqer and Ghassan Touma and an imprisonment sentence in absentia for 15 years on Muhammad Ajami for their dealing with Israel.
"Iraq has asked the United Nations whether Washington's threats to get rid of President Saddam Hussein were a breach of international law", the New York Times said today.