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Toujan al-Faisal criticizes Abu al-Ragheb strongly
In her debate Toujan al-Faisal stressed that she is innocent from all charges addressed against her. She added "all what I have done in my life is that I served those people and committed myself to their sublime morals in rejecting corruption." The former member of parliament also accused the prime minister of "misusing his authorities and considered himself above the law." She questioned if this position she takes (by saying so) is in itself "a violation to the state's sovereignty."
Jordan, Politics, 5/15/2002
Defendant lawyers for Issa, al-Bunni threaten to pullout
The lawyers defending the two detainees -- the spokesman of the Democratic National Coalition Habib Issa, and member of the Defense Committee For Civil Society Walid al-Bunni -- have threatened to withdraw from the trial session "if the higher state security court will not open up (to the press and public) its sessions."
Syria, Politics, 5/15/2002
Bin Ali inaugurates the referendum campaign
The constitutional amendment which was adopted by the Tunisian parliament will be debated to people in a referendum which is the first of its kind in the country. It will be held on May 26th.
Tunisia, Politics, 5/15/2002
Unifying procedures only partial solution to woes
government's action is always a necessity but insufficient condition for the promotion of exports. Laws that are sought by the business community, labor and consumer advocates should be implemented as a first step. With each of these groups promoting and following up on its own interests through lobbying and awareness campaigns, supported by an active press that will bring these issues to light to keep the government, business, the workers and consumers as honest and active participants in the promotion of their individual interests, and that will help produce a good government and a good economy that can produce exportable products and will also be able to take advantage of export opportunities provided by the public and private sector efforts.
Egypt, Economics, 5/15/2002
Relations atmosphere appropriate for new surge in Egyptian-Sudanese relations
Climate is conducive now to a new surge in relations between Khartoum and Cairo especially in investment and trade exchange domains. Egypt and Sudan have signed more than 20 agreements, some of them have not yet been implemented, he said.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/15/2002
Summit meeting between ruler of Qatar, South African peer to strengthen friendship and cooperation
The ruler of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Tuesday started a visit to South Africa. The visit will last for three days. In an arrival statement at Cape town international airport on Tuesday evening, Sheikh Hamad expressed hope to exchange views and consultation with President of South Africa Thabu Ambiki and members of his government on issues of mutual concern, foremost being strengthening and fostering friendship and cooperation relations "between our two countries in various fields."
Qatar-South Africa, Politics, 5/15/2002
Maroc telecom sells 20% of its share in Mauritel
Moroccan phone operator Group, Maroc Telecom, sold 20% of its share in Mauritania's Mauritel to Mauritanian Abdallahi Ould Noueigued (AON) private group, the weekly "Le Calame" said this week.
Morocco-Mauritania, Economics, 5/15/2002
Italy negotiates Maghreban prisoners transfer
Italy is presently negotiating with Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria an agreement for the transfer of the three countries' prisoners to their home countries, Italian minister of justice, Roberto Castelli, said.
Maghreb-Italy, Politics, 5/15/2002
Egyptian FM stresses unwavering Arab principles
Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher said that the Syrian- Egyptian- Saudi summit recently held in Sharm Esh Sheikh confirmed the Arab unwavering stances to restoring the complete Arab rights and occupied territories until June 4, 1967 border lines, adding that this summit had consolidated the importance of consultation and joint Arab efforts and giving new impetus to serve the higher Arab interests.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 5/15/2002
Israel steps up anti-France campaign while Bush visit approaches
Pro-Palestine circles in France expressed fears that the current campaign Israel is launching against France through the help of Jewish Americans and support of U.S. President George W. Bush under alleged anti-Semitism falls within a meticulously-laid plan to practise pressures on the moderate French Mideast policies.
Israel-France, Politics, 5/15/2002
British foreign office releases July Revolution documents in Egypt
Huda Abdul Nasser, the eldest daughter for the late Egyptian leader Jamal Abdul Nasser said that the British foreign office released documents relating to July 23 revolution of 1952 in Egypt
Egypt, History, 5/15/2002
The Palestinian file on top of Gulf states' meetings
Gulf sources said that the special meeting of the foreign minister of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states which will be hosted in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) on the Red Sea coast -- not the city of Riyadh as stated before -- will mainly concentrate on the Palestinian file with all its implications and the Israeli aggressions.
Gulf, Politics, 5/15/2002
International seminar on irradiation in Morocco
The Moroccan center of energy, nuclear techniques and sciences (CNESTEN), which is organizing the conference with the Kenitra university, says it will promote Moroccan industrialists' awareness on economic advantages of irradiation technology, encourage research and consolidate exchanges between academics and industrialists.
Regional-Morocco, Economics, 5/15/2002
Maher: Sharm El-Sheikh summit tackled Arab action within Beirut resolutions
The Egyptian-Saudi-Syrian summit held recently in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh tackled the mechanisms for Arab action within the Beirut Arab summit resolutions, Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Tuesday.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 5/15/2002
Customs, OCP, BMCE Bank, GNS Sign E-payment Convention
The convention aims to reduce and ease administrative procedures, and adapt customs clearing to the requirements of the new economy, ADII director general, Abderrazak El Mossadeq, said.
Morocco, Economics, 5/15/2002
German fund offers 200,000 euro to potential investors in Morocco
A German fund specializing in development issues (DEG) is offering 200,000 Euros to European enterprises wishing to invest in Morocco's development projects, said Hans-Joachim Blattner, an official from the institution.
Morocco-Germany, Economics, 5/15/2002
Trade unions cancel education staff strike
the government agreed to raise the budget earmarked for the teachers compensations to four billion Dirhams (USD 347.8 million), from the initially proposed one or two billions and to adopt a system of exams, professional qualification and seniority in internal promotion and renounced the quota system.
Morocco, Education, 5/15/2002
Iraqi opposition papers distribution banned
The London- based al- Hayat daily reported on Tuesday, according to Iraqi sources that the Syrian authorities laid great restriction on the circulation of the Iraqi opposition papers in the Syrian territories and this is in line with the level of relations Damascus and Baghdad have reached since the beginning of rapprochement in 1997 following a cessation that started in 1980.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 5/15/2002
Quebec vice-prime minister arrives in Morocco
"We have interesting expertise to offer in the field of services and quality," she said, calling enterprises to set up partnership.
Morocco-Canada, Economics, 5/15/2002
Moroccan handicraft and tourism festival kicks off in Marseille
The Moroccan nine-day handicraft and tourism festival in the French southern city of Marseille kicked off Monday.
Morocco-France, Economics, 5/15/2002
Morocco-U.S. free trade zone, a promising project
Bradmeyer said the Bush Administration is aware of the importance of consolidating economic ties with its strategic allies
Morocco-USA, Economics, 5/15/2002
Enterprises' Association deplores government's failure to take any initiative for tariffs dismantling
The association complains that the government has failed to take measures identified in joint studies between the enterprises and the administration, and in proposals put forward to the prime minister's department.
Morocco, Economics, 5/15/2002
ISESCO extends Argentinean-arab cultural institute financial aid
The Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO/based in Rabat) decided to grant the Argentinean-Arab Cultural Institute a financial aid.
Regional-Argentina, Culture, 5/15/2002
The US and Sudan
The US special delegate to Sudan John Danforth has urged the US to move as "an incentive factor" for peace in Sudan, calling, simultaneously for strengthening diplomatic relations with Khartoum and for more humanitarian efforts there.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 5/15/2002
UN Security Council makes change to the sanctions imposed on Iraq
These new sanctions still allow the US and Britain -- the two main antagonists against Iraq -- to continue to be able to prevent the importation of commercial and industrial products needed for Iraq's development, as the USA and Britain have done previously under the old sanctions regime
Iraq, Politics, 5/15/2002
Syria: Ghazi al-Deib a director for SANA, Fahd Diab for al-Wahda press foundation
The Syrian daily Tishreen reported today that Ghazi al-Deib was appointed as a director general for the Syrian Arab news Agency (SANA).
Syria, Local, 5/15/2002
Jordanian- Afghani talks
The Afghani foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has criticized the decision taken by the Israeli Likud Party which rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Jordan-Afghanistan, Politics, 5/15/2002
Palestinian Authority condemns attack on Hassan Asfour
The Palestinian Authority has denounced the attacks made on Monday evening on Hassan Asfour, the Palestinian official in charge of relations affairs with non- governmental organizations in the Palestinian authority, and described the attack as "a cowardly act."
Palestine, Local, 5/15/2002
Mediterranean intellectuals called to act against Israeli aggressions
"Peace-loving forces can not remain indifferent to Israel's barbarous actions in the occupied Palestinian territories," said the group in an appeal launched at the opening of a conference entitled "assessment of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership action in the context of the Middle East crisis."
Palestine-Regional, Culture, 5/15/2002
Three Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces
The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday continued the series of killing, breaking in and detention acts against the unarmed Palestinians.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 5/15/2002
Israeli human rights organization considers settlements illegal
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights, B'Tselem said in a report published Monday Israeli settlements policy in the occupied territories in illegal under international law.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/15/2002
Majority of Israelis support Sharon on Palestinian state
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that through negotiations "And at the end of the process, I believe that the Palestinian state, of course, will be -- we'll see a Palestinian state."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/15/2002
MINURSO draft budget amounts to us$ 41 million
The draft budget of MINURSO (French acronym for U.N. mission supervising the holding of a referendum in the Sahara) for the period between July 1st, 2002 and July 30, 2003 amounts to US$ 41.5 Million (gross amount), excluding in-kind voluntary contributions, estimated at US$ 6.09 Mln.
Morocco, Politics, 5/15/2002
UNDP hold regional meeting in Damascus
The regional meeting for the resident representatives of the UN Development Program (UNDP) will be held in Damascus at the Meridian hotel on May 20 through 22.
Regional-Syria, Politics, 5/15/2002
Equatorial storm in Oman
The Omani police found three corpses for Omani citizens during a rescue operation following an equatorial storm that hit the south of Zafar province and thereby number of killed persons increased to six.
Oman, Local, 5/15/2002
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President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi of Italy arrived in Rabat Tuesday for an official visit to Morocco at the invitation of King Mohammed VI. He was given a red-carpet welcome by King Mohammed VI at Mechouar Square in downtown Rabat.President Ciampi accompanied by a delegation including parliament and government officials.
The leader of the Islamic Jihad movement Ramadan Abdullah Shalah said that he was not told about any change in the Syrian position regarding the "Martyrdom" operations. He renewed commitment to all forms of resistance including the " martyrdom operations," according to the London- based al-Hayat daily.
The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has ruled out reconciliation with the opposition Islamic leader Hassan al-Turabi who is under "home arrest," in a statement, the Sudanese President made to the independent Sudanese daily al-Watan.
The Monte Carlo radio correspondent in Damascus said that well - informed sources in Damascus noted that President Bashar al-Assad has extended, according to a Presidential decree for Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass, the deputy commander in chief of the army and armed forces and defense minister his service term for an additional two years after he had reached the legal retirement age at a military grade of Lt. Gen. ( which is 70 year old).
In an exclusive news, the Jordanian paper "al-Arab al-Youm" said that Arafat's cancellation on Monday of his visit to the Jenin camp came after Arafat was informed that real risks exist of him being attacked or even assassinated in this Palestinian camp.