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Bahrain elections: women need to build on their newly gained rights
This new experience for women was described by one person as a great step forward and it indicates that women will need to develop the needed political skills; as women demand nothing more than "equal treatment and opportunity under the law" and to fail or succeed based on their abilities.
Bahrain, Politics, 5/11/2002
Syrian, Saudi, Egyptian summit on developments, united Arab position
A Syrian, Saudi and Egyptian summit is expected to be held, including the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.
Regional, Politics, 5/11/2002
Egypt's warning to Israel
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher warned Israel of its threats to wage a wide-scale incursion into Gaza Strip, on the borders with Egypt, adding that Israel has seen that its acts of aggression in the West Bank did not achieve any objectives.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 5/11/2002
Mubarak, Abdullah probe Palestinian situation, int'l issues
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak holds Sunday two sessions of talks with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz on the current developments in the Palestinian territories as well as regional and international issues and bilateral relations.
Egypt-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/11/2002
Omani- Yemeni agreement to demarcate sea borders
Oman-Yemen, Politics, 5/11/2002
Moussa warns of serious situation in Arab region
The Arab League chief also warned of schemes to "rearrange" the region, under which Arab peoples would live without being masters of their own destiny.
Regional, Politics, 5/11/2002
Iraqi purchases from Saudi Arabia exceed $ one billion
Iraq has announced that the volume of the Iraqi purchases from Saudi Arabia exceeds USD one billion, noting that relations between the two states are growing.
Iraq-Saudi Arabia, Economics, 5/11/2002
King Mohammed deplores Iraqi and Palestinian children sufferings
Morocco's King Mohammed VI deplored in a message to the ongoing UN special general assembly on children, the sufferings of Iraqi and Palestinian children who are living in exceptional circumstances of sanctions and armed conflicts.
Morocco-Regional, Culture, 5/11/2002
Al-Bashir to visit Addis Ababa on May 20
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will pay an official visit to Ethiopia on May 20. The visit will last for two days.
Sudan-Ethiopia, Politics, 5/11/2002
Mubarak sends two messages to Bush, Sharon on developments in Palestine
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sent two urgent messages to U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on developments of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 5/11/2002
Jordanian king calls for active US participation to reach peace in ME
The Jordanian King Abdullah II called on the UN to interfere actively in order to achieve peace in the Middle East; peace that can solve fundamental problems instead of resorting to the step-by-step policy concerning the Palestinian issue.
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 5/11/2002
Arab 7th energy conference held today in Cairo
Arab Gulf oil sources stressed that the 7th Arab energy conference which will be convened today in Cairo under the title "Arab cooperation and energy" will be of great importance, noting in particular consultations to be held by several Arab oil ministers concerning developments taking place in the world oil markets especially the decision taken by Iraq to resume its oil exports after one month of freezing it.
Regional-Egypt, Economics, 5/11/2002
Morocco to start selling iron-enriched flour
A new iron-rich flour will be marketed in Morocco shortly, part of a healthcare strategy aiming to eradicate diseases caused by deficiencies of micro-nutriments (vitamin A, iron and iodine).
Morocco, Health, 5/11/2002
Iran for boosting relations with the Arab states
The first deputy for the Iranian President Muhammad Rida Aref has stressed that Iran's policy is based on eliminating tension, building confidence and developing cooperation relations with the Arab and Islamic states.
Bahrain-Iran, Politics, 5/11/2002
Iraq accuses the US of preventing improved relations with UN
Iraq on Friday accused the US of working to block the way before any opportunity to correct the relation between Iraq and the UN, noting that is with the aim to continue the sanctions imposed on Iraq
Iraq-USA, Politics, 5/11/2002
Britain wants UN consent for striking Iraq
In its Friday's issue, the British daily the Independent said British prime minister "Tony Blair has privately reassured his Labour Party critics that Britain will not back US military action against Iraq unless it wins the backing of the United Nations Security Council."
Iraq-UK, Politics, 5/11/2002
Fares Kallas highlights Syrian- British shared musical concerts performed in Syria
The Syrian Ministry of Culture, the British council in Damascus presented musical concerts for theworld wide famous guitarist, Justin Adams, in Damascus and Aleppo. Adams performed for the first time with Syrian musicians. He played during the concerts with Juan Karajouli, the Syrian Oud performer, Muhammad Othman, the Buzok player, the percussionists: Rateb Shammout and Jamala al-Saqqa and the guitarist Tareq Salhiyeh.
Syria-UK, Culture, 5/11/2002
Nobel laureate sends message to US President
Egypt's Nobel Prize-winning novelist Naguib Mahfouz has sent US President George Bush a message of solidarity with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Egypt-USA, Culture, 5/11/2002
Palestinian officer: the exiled, evacuees will not be arrested, detained
A high ranking Palestinian officer said that the 13 Palestinians who were transported to Cyprus will not be jailed in the countries where they will be exiled to.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/11/2002
Zionist Christianity is American heresy
Patriarch of Alexandria and Saint Mark Diocese, Pope Shenouda III said the term Zionist Christianity is an American heresy and a by-product of a bizarre environment that has no existence in the Arab world.
Egypt-USA, Religion, 5/11/2002
Luxembourg denies receiving Palestinian evacuees
Luxembourg on Friday denied news that it had approved to receive many of the 13 Palestinians who were expelled from the West Bank after the Israeli army had lifted the siege imposed on the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem.
Palestine-Belgium, Politics, 5/11/2002
Sit-in staged in Rabat in solidarity with Palestinian children
A group of Moroccan Ngos activists for children's rights organized on Thursday a sit-in in front of the United Nations Information Bureau Thursday in solidarity with the Palestinian children.
Morocco-Palestine, Culture, 5/11/2002
Moroccan, Portuguese businessmen probe partnership possibilities
Moroccan and Portuguese businessmen met in Casablanca Thursday to probe partnership possibilities and discuss Morocco's economic potentials.
Morocco-Portugal, Economics, 5/11/2002
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All the Algerian administrative institutions were given instructions by president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to meet "all the demands " of the competition of the coming Algerian elections saying what is at stake is the "consolidation of the democratic construction," APS reported thursday.
An international colloquy will be held in Rabat May 15-17 under the theme "Internet and human rights: challenges and stakes," at the initiative of the ministry of human rights.
The Moroccan government council approved on Thursday at its weekly meeting six cooperation agreements with Syria. The agreements, signed at the meeting of the first Morocco-Syria high joint commission last October 22-23, cover the fields of employment, social development, environment protection, cinema exchanges, mutual recognition of driving licenses, investment promotion and protection, territory planning and urbanism.
A telephone call was made between the Syrian deputy Premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara and the Egyptian counterpart Ahmad Maher during which discussions dealt with latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories and the need of consolidating inter- Arab solidarity to stand in support of the Palestinian people against the continued Israeli aggression.
The European Union has reduced its purchases of the Israeli produce as a punishment reply to the Israeli military operations against the Palestinian people.
The Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will arrive in Cairo on Wednesday for a one day visit during which he will meet with President Hosni Mubarak in order to discuss regional developments especially the deteriorated conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories, bilateral relations and the ME peace process. The Sudanese President will visit Ethiopia on May 20 through 22 and will co-open together with Ethiopia's prime minister Meles Zenawi al-Qadaref- Douka- al-Qallabat road junction inside Sudan which after that extends to Port Sudan, Sudan's main port.
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz has received Patrick Morio, Secretary of international relations in the Socialist Party, head of the Belgian delegation, which is currently participate in the 7th meeting of the follow up and Coordination Committee of Baghdad Conference. Aziz appreciated Belgian parliament's stand and role in issuing a decision calling for lifting sanctions.
The Sudanese embassy in Kenya said that the foreign ministers of member states at the Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC will hold their periodical meeting in Khartoum in June.
The Israeli government should respect their obligations under international human rights lawand that "reprisals against protected persons and property are prohibited by the 4th Geneva Convention," Amnesty International said Thursday.
The Moroccan government denies allegations by some Spanish and Moroccan media that "Army officers were arrested recently for smuggling."
Secretary general of the Moroccan foreign affairs and cooperation ministry, Rachad Bouhlal, met here Thursday visiting Japanese parliamentary secretary in charge of foreign affairs, Kenshiro Matsunami.
It was announced in Islam Abaad on Friday that the President of Pakistan B. Musharraf will visit Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco later this month in order to hold talks on regional and international issued.
Former German Chancellor Helmut Cool will start today a visit to Israel which lasts for five days.
It was announced in Moscow on Friday that the Israeli minister of culture Mathan Filnan will pay a visit to Russia on May 13th.