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Al-Turk: my trial is political not criminal; trial postponed
Trial session of the first secretary of the Syrian Communist Party -- political bureau -- Riad al-Turk continued on Wednesday, despite an earlier threat by the defence lawyer to pullout from the case if the condition set by them for "an open trial" is not met.
Syria, Politics, 5/31/2002
Algeria: 23 persons killed, opposition boycotts elections, confrontations in al-Qabael
The Algerians on Thursday experienced a new election test in the hope of ending past problems, but disagreement on how to solve them are still present.
Algeria, Politics, 5/31/2002
Jordan: elections to have honesty and transparency as recommended by the king
Abu al-Ragheb said that the "elections will be held during this year and the government, for its part, completed special arrangements to run the elections with utmost standards of honesty and transparency as recommended by his RH the King and the directives of the government."
Jordan, Politics, 5/31/2002
Rabat, Damascus determined to up ties
The official visit King Mohammed VI to Syria is seen as a sign of the will of Rabat and Damascus to enhance their cooperation ties.
Syria-Morocco, Politics, 5/31/2002
Pope Shenouda highlights Egypt's religious tolerance; improvements needed
Egypt's highest Coptic authority has praised religious harmony in Egypt, strongly dismissing Western media allegations about religious discrimination between Muslims and Christians in the country.
Egypt, Politics, 5/31/2002
Egyptian parliament debates two laws and parliamentary immunity
The People's Assembly approved Wednesday night a bill on the establishment of exclusive economic zones and another protecting intellectual property.
Egypt, Politics, 5/31/2002
Jordan releases three Hizbullah party detainees
The secretary general of the Hizbullah party Hassan Nasrullah has announced the release of the three detainees form the Hizbullah party in Jordan who arrived in Beirut on Wednesday at ( 7 p.m. local time ).
Jordan-Lebanon, Politics, 5/31/2002
Egypt, Sudan integration subject of parliamentarians discussions
He explained that the Sudanese delegation met with Egyptian parliamentarians in the international fore, a matter which necessitates coordinating stances and consolidating efforts to enhance the official tendencies of the two states in order to realize a real integration between the two peoples and stabilize democracy.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/31/2002
Eritrea president: we will not join the Arab league, no tensions with Yemen
President of Eritrea Asyas Afourki commended the positive results and the talks he held in Qatar with its ruler Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani.
Qatar-Yemen, Politics, 5/31/2002
Egyptian- Ugandan summit between Mubarak and Museveni
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held a session of talks yesterday with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni dealing with bilateral relations, developments of the situation in the Middle East, regional and international issues and ways of bolstering economic and commercial cooperation in the framework of COMESA.
Egypt-Uganda, Politics, 5/31/2002
US: Libya must comply with UN resolutions; denial of agreement on Lockerbie
In an official statement issued on Wednesday Libya denied to have had proposed giving any compensations for the families of Lockerbie victims, in a settlement agreement at a cost of USD 2.7 billion to be paid in stages.
Libya-USA, Politics, 5/31/2002
Tunisia, Khartoum want regular meetings to strengthen relations
The Tunisian foreign minister al-Habib Bin Yahya and his Sudanese counterpart Mustafa Othman Ismael on Wednesday signed a Tunisian- Sudanese memorandum of understanding aiming at strengthening consultations between officials in the two states.
Tunisia-Sudan, Politics, 5/31/2002
Mubarak receives German opposition leader
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met at the presidential headquarters in Heliopolis Wednesday with German Free Democratic Party (FDP) Chief and Leader of the Opposition in the Bundestag Guido Westerwelle who is currently visiting Egypt as part of a tour of the region.
Egypt-Germany, Politics, 5/31/2002
Lahoud confers with Weldheim, gets a message from Khatami
President Lahoud commended Weldheim achievements at the level of attaining peace in the world despite the pressure he underwent especially from Israel and the Zionist movement and considered him a friend to the Arabs and their rightful causes especially that of Palestine.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 5/31/2002
Moroccan premier calls Socialist International to slam Israel
"The SI cannot remain heedless to the ordeals of the Palestinian people," said Youssoufi, first secretary of the Moroccan Socialist Union of Popular Forces.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 5/31/2002
US activists defy UN sanctions on Iraq; Voices in the Wilderness
A delegation of World Conscience Association and Voices in the Wilderness Organization arrived in Baghdad Wednesday. The delegation, which organized a journey, coming by foot, in solidarity with the people of Iraq against the continued sanctions and US-British aggression
Iraq-USA, Politics, 5/31/2002
US continues to abuse its power against Iraq
The Iraqi oil minister Amer Muhammad Rasheed on Thursday accused the US of suspending 673 oil contracts and agreements of a total value of $ 722 million, within the framework of the previous phases of the "oil for food" programs.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 5/31/2002
Al-Youseifi party succeeded in alienating the Israeli Labor party
The International Socialism council holds its regular conference in the Moroccan Casablanca city today and tomorrow under the chairman of the former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Ghotepres.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 5/31/2002
Bahraini opposition asks for official apology from the US
Major opposition groups in Bahrain, the Islamic national reconciliation society on Wednesday asked for an "American official apology" on the row that took place on Sunday between American soldiers and Bahraini citizens.
Bahrain-USA, Politics, 5/31/2002
Egypt's ambassador to US stresses importance of Mubarak's Washington visit
Egypt's ambassador to the US Nabil Fahmi underlined the importance of President Hosni Mubarak's projected visit to Washington in the light of the dangerous situation in the occupied Palestinian lands.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 5/31/2002
Italy opens 15.5 million euro credit line for Moroccan small and medium-sized enterprises
Units of investment promotion (UPI) will be managing these programs and helping operators with their projects and business plans and find commercial and industrial partners either in Morocco or abroad. They will also help them find financing sources, she said.
Morocco-Italy, Economics, 5/31/2002
Europe can do more to aid developing countries, UN says
FAO's Director for North America, Charles Riemenschneider, also called attention to the importance of next month's forum, pointing out that worldwide, over 800 million people - including 200 million children - went to bed hungry every night
Regional-European Union, Economics, 5/31/2002
Mediterranean dialogue forum in Libya
The Tripoli meeting is debating issues of interest to the ten countries (five European and five Maghreban countries bordering the Mediterranean sea, such as security, stability, economic integration and immigration.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 5/31/2002
Investments opportunities in Morocco publicized in China
Morocco organized recently days in the Chinese city of Wenzhou to publicize the country's investments opportunities for Chinese economic operators.
Morocco-China, Economics, 5/31/2002
Mubarak praises activities of International Farmers Federation
The issue of rural poverty is considered the greatest challenge facing the developing world, he said, asserting the importance of reaching an international strategy for the poor in the countryside through which they could develop their production and human resources.
Regional-Egypt, Economics, 5/31/2002
Mubarak receives IFAD chairman
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received Wednesday Chairman of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Lennart Bage.
Egypt, Economics, 5/31/2002
Egypt lauds IFAP's role in development
Egypt fully appreciates the vital role of the International Federation for Agricultural Producers (IFAP) in defending the interests of farmers and modernising agricultural methods worldwide, President Hosni Mubarak told the opening session of a Cairo congress yesterday.
Egypt, Economics, 5/31/2002
Britain supports pilot program to improve minors' detention conditions in Morocco
Great Britain is bringing support to a pilot project meant to improve detention conditions of minors in the Ukacha prisons.
Morocco-UK, Judicial, 5/31/2002
Sudan rejects interference in distribution of its oil revenues
The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael on Thursday refused any international interference regarding the distribution of the Sudan's national income from oil revenues.
Sudan, Politics, 5/31/2002
Qatar pulls out from the Gulf airlines
Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Ateyah, the Qatari minister of energy and industry and Qatar's representative to the board of the Gulf Airline company said in a press statement on Wednesday that Qatar decided to withdraw from the Gulf airline company after it had refused in the extraordinary meeting of the general assembly which was held on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi to pay a sum of 250 million Riyals to the company which suffers difficult financial conditions and debts estimated at USD 800 million.
Qatar, Economics, 5/31/2002
Burns discusses with Arafat reforms, Israel arrests 25 Palestinians, 15 wounded in confrontations
These breaking in operations by the Israelis resulted in arresting more than 15 Palestinians in various Palestinian areas while 15 Palestinians were wounded only in Rafah.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 5/31/2002
Israel uses Palestinians' money to support its budget
The Israeli government has decided to use USD 200 million of the sums of the Palestinian authority, frozen by it to support its budget.
Palestine-Israel, Economics, 5/31/2002
WTO director general visits morocco
Morocco, Local, 5/31/2002
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Iraq's President Saddam Hussein received a message from Morocco's King Mohammed VI pertaining to Arab and bilateral relations and means of developing them. Iraq supports Morocco's unity, INA report yesterday.
The Moroccan and Mauritanian upper legislative chambers set up on Wednesday a joint cooperation and group to consolidate cooperation between the two institutions and diversify cooperation between the two Maghreban states. The group members will be holding contacts and coordinate actions to consolidate bilateral relations, mainly in economic and cultural fields.
The Arab League and the autonomous community of the Andalucia (southern Spain) signed in Malaga Tuesday a declaration of intent meant to foster bilateral cooperation in the economic, social and cultural fields.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher received on Wednesday German Free Democratic Party (FDP) Chief and Leader of the Opposition in the Bundestag Guido Westerwelle, and his accompanying delegation currently visiting Egypt. Westerwelle described his meeting with Maher as important, adding that he discussed with the foreign minister conditions in the Middle East.
The general command of the Sudanese armed forces announced on Thursday that its forces were able to liberate Keisan city in the Blue Nile province and to liberate several smaller areas around the same city. In a statement, the Sudanese army leadership added that liberating this city came after fierce fighting in which the fourth troops contingent launched fierce fighting with the rebel movement for several days.
Secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Abdelouahed Belkziz said the pan-Islamic organization supports efforts by Libyan to defuse the tension between India and Pakistan. Belkziz said at a phone conversation with secretary of the Libyan people's committee for African unity (foreign minister), Abde Salam Triki, he is convinced "efforts will be successful in view of the esteem enjoyed by Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi and the importance he grants to settling the problem."