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Notice to readers, 5/18/2002
Islamists win elections in Bahrain; constitutional court; legislative elections next
The King of Bahrain had called for legislative elections to be held on October 24th. This decision falls in the context of a series of political reforms that include among other things giving citizens equal rights and freedoms and the founding of a constitutional court, a move that is seen as essential to the consolidation and the safeguarding of true democratic practice where the rights of the individual and minorities are always guaranteed and protected against the tyranny of the majority.
Bahrain, Politics, 5/18/2002
Morocco: Arab financial markets cooperation to exploit local resources for investment
Speaking at the first international forum for finance and business held in Abu Dhabi in the presence of 500 economic operators, Lahlimi said such cooperation would help draw utmost benefit from existing resources in the Arab states and orient them towards productive projects.
Regional-Morocco, Economics, 5/18/2002
Egypt: United Nations' General Assembly needs reform
the only way to get out of the imbalance crisis between the General Assembly, and Security Council lies in rebuilding the role of the General Assembly according to United Nations' charter.
Regional-Egypt, Politics, 5/18/2002
Arab peace initiative committee meets in Beirut
The Lebanese foreign minister said that Israel does not want peace and is not ready for it, rather wants to impose its positions and stances on the region and on the Palestinian people.
Regional-Lebanon, Politics, 5/18/2002
Mubarak to review the results of the Egyptian-Libyan committee meetings
President Mubarak will give directives to the joint higher committee to eliminate all obstacles hindering cooperation at the commercial and investment levels and ways of carrying out what was agreed upon
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 5/18/2002
Jordanian human rights society calls for releasing Toujan al-Faisal
The Jordanian society in defense of human rights has called on the Jordanian King Abdullah II to pardon the former member of Parliament in Jordan Toujan al-Faisal who was sentenced on Thursday for 18 months imprisonment.
Jordan, Politics, 5/18/2002
New strategy to develop Egyptian exports
Egyptian SMinister of Foreign Trade Youssef Boutros Ghali said a new strategy to develop the Egyptian exports will be announced soon to remove obstacles impeding the increase of its volume.
Egypt, Economics, 5/18/2002
Yemeni tribes warn of any American strike; the aim is strategic and not al-Qaida
The statement also stressed "the involvement of any international forces especially the US on what has been rumored of striking a certain area will be eventually a grave strategic mistake, rejected and is not in the confines of fighting terrorism."
Yemen-USA, Politics, 5/18/2002
FM delivers message from Mubarak to Russian President
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher delivers today a message from President Hosni Mubarak to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his two-day visit to Russia which is the first leg of his tour to Beirut, Greece, and Addis Ababa.
Egypt-Russia, Politics, 5/18/2002
Egypt, Ukraine to build a joint satellite
The Egyptian deputy foreign minister Muhammad Shaaban has stressed that Egypt and Ukraine agreed to install a joint satellite in order to search for mineral resources.
Egypt-Ukraine, Economics, 5/18/2002
International colloquy underscores internet role in human rights defense
The international colloquy, held in Rabat May 15-17 under the theme "Internet and human rights: challenges and stakes," underscored the role the web can play in human rights defense.
Regional-Morocco, Culture, 5/18/2002
US ambassador: free-trade zone with Morocco, result of long bilateral friendship
The creation of a Morocco-US free trade zone (FTZ) will crown a longstanding friendship and solid political ties between the two nations, says US ambassador to Morocco, Margaret Tutwiler.
Morocco-USA, Economics, 5/18/2002
Libya, the Czech for boosting bilateral relations
The Czech foreign minister Yan kavan has received the assistant secretary general of the people's committee for foreign contacts and international cooperation in Libya Saadd Mujbir. Discussions dealt with bilateral relations and issues of joint interests.
Libya-Czech Republic, Politics, 5/18/2002
Lahoud confers with UN representative to south Lebanon
Lebanese President Emi Lahoud on Friday at Baabda palace received the UN secretary general representative to the south Lebanon Steven De Mistora and Gen. Lalit Tiowari, Commander of UNIFIL.
Lebanon, Politics, 5/18/2002
Archbishop of Canterbury honors Mrs. Mubarak
Archbishop of Canterbury George Cary on Friday gave a special reception in honor of Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, in appreciation of her incessant efforts to help the Egyptian community and her support of Islamic and Christian non-governmental organizations NGOs to discharge their duties in developing the Egyptian community.
Egypt-UK, Culture, 5/18/2002
Egyptian-US trade exchange up by 15% in January, February
Trade exchange between Egypt and the United States rose last January and February to $ 692.72 million vis-a-vis $ 597.45 million during the same period last year with an increase of 15.95 percent.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 5/18/2002
Egypt dismisses reports about Mubarak's threats to Israel
Egypt's Charg d'Affaires in Israel, Ihab el-Sherif yesterday dismissed reports by the British newspaper Foreign Report about a telephone call between President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 5/18/2002
Arafat: no elections before the end of the occupation
The chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat said on Friday that he will not make general elections until the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories will be eliminated.
Palestine, Politics, 5/18/2002
First Palestinian competitor for Arafat
The political sciences teacher at al- Najah university in Nablus Abdul Sattar qasem announced his nomination for the Palestinian elections to the post of the chairman of the Palestinian Authority in challenge of Yasser Arafat of which Qasem said he "failed as a leader," describing the current Palestinian leadership as dangerous because it is "corrupted and far away from democracy."
Palestine, Politics, 5/18/2002
Saadat holds Arafat responsible for his detention
Saadat criticized the Church of Nativity agreement, noting that the US seeks to cultivate the fruits of the Israeli aggression politically and that contradictions between the US and Israel are just formal.
Palestine, Politics, 5/18/2002
WHO condemns Israeli military operations
The General Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO) condemned, during a meeting by its sub-committee in Geneva on Wednesday, the Israeli military operations against the Palestinian cities and camps, which left hundreds of Palestinian civilians dead.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/18/2002
Israeli forces kill four Palestinians, a seven year old child
The Israeli tanks on Friday backed by helicopters broke into Jenin city and its camp, where violent clashes took place between the Israeli forces and the Palestinian resistance men.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 5/18/2002
Sahrawi association calls those who strayed to return to homeland
The Association of Victims of Human Rights Violations in "Polisario" Prisons called the "Saharans who have strayed" to return to the "clement and forgiving" homeland.
Morocco, Politics, 5/18/2002
UN agency voices concern for Somali refugees after four killed near Kenyan border
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on May 17 voiced concern for the safety of Somali refugees encamped near the Kenyan border after four people fleeing long-running clan warfare were killed by stray gunfire.
Somalia, Local, 5/18/2002
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has described his talks with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt as successful and were of positive results whose fruits will be cultivated by the citizens of the two states very soon.
The Lebanese Socialist Progressive party has stated it had received a message from the chairman of the Druze initiative committee in Palestine Jamal Abbas Maadda noting that he had recently received a notification in the name of the "Greater Israeli Committee," saying that he has together with the Arab Druze community and the Arab minority in Israel to leave in a way so that Sunni Muslims, the Bedouins and the Sharkas will go to Jordan, the Christians to Lebanon and the Druze to 'al-Arab Mount' in Syria.
The spokesman for the Turkish prime minister Cim Afsi said that the visit of the Syrian prime minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro to Turkey which was due later this month was postponed because the Turkish prime minister Polent Acawit was admitted to hospital to receive medical treatment.
Scores of Bahraini people on Friday took to the streets towards the American embassy in a peaceful march of protest, but the police prevented them from reaching the embassy. The protest was to mark the 40- day death of the Bahraini citizen Muhammad Jumaa during a huge march of protest in support of the Palestinians after a crowd had attacked the American embassy and burnt cars inside it in April.
The UN Committee on torture reported that Saudi Arabia should re-examine the imposition by authorities of corporal punishments, particularly flogging and amputation, that were not in conformity with the Convention Against Torture.
The Wilaya (grand prefecture) of Rabat (Morocco's capital city) donated 4 million dirhams, roughly US$ 347.82, to the Bait Mal Al-Quds Fund. The assistance, decided by the prefecture's council, will be used to build a hospital in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the rest to reconstruct Palestinian infrastructure destroyed during the recent Israel invasion of the Palestinian territories.