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Karim Younis, a speaker for the Algerian parliament
Younis said that his mission constitutes a heavy responsibility for him and he "is ready to bear the burden" and will work "to make the council a forum for democracy and reciprocated discussions for the interests of the people."
Algeria, Politics, 6/11/2002
A special trial session for Riad al-Turk
The Syrian higher state security court on Monday held a fifth special open trial session to try Riad al-Turk. Monday's trial session was dedicated to listen to the defense lawyers.
Syria, Politics, 6/11/2002
Iraq, Qatar sign free trade agreement
Iraq and Qatar signed in Baghdad Sunday a free trade agreement to foster their commercial and economic ties.
Iraq-Qatar, Economics, 6/11/2002
Mubarak interview with US Fox News Network on regional issues
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said any conference on Middle East peace should be thoroughly prepared, adding that nations of the region pin great expectations on such an event.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 6/11/2002
Al-Watan: Syrian, Qatari efforts to release al-Turabi, hosting him
A high ranking official at the Sudanese Islamic movement has disclosed Syrian and Qatari efforts to release the leader of the Sudanese People's National Congress party Hassan al-Turabi during the current month and then to host him.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 6/11/2002
TTA news: The Syrian- American dialogue
The French weekly TTA news bulletin said the first round of the Syrian- American negotiations which was held on May 25 at Rice University in Houston, the USA revealed the deep gap between Washington and Damascus on the debated issues despite the fact that Washington showed its content over the Syrian- American cooperation in the area of fighting terrorism.
Syria-USA, Politics, 6/11/2002
Radio Orient: al-Quds issue was at focus of tour of King Mohammed in Arab states, Moroccan fm
Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, said the issue of Al-Quds Asharif was at the focus of talks held by King Mohammed VI during his recent tour to Arab states, in view of its central status in any negotiations to establish a fair and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 6/11/2002
Sudanese army losses a strategic city
In a statement issued by the Sudanese dailies on Monday, the Sudanese army admitted it had lost the strategic southern Sudanese city of Kaboyta following violent battles with the rebels of Southern Sudan and thereby confirming what was announced two days earlier by the separatists of John Garang.
Sudan, Politics, 6/11/2002
UAE president hold talks with Pakistani counterpart
President of the United Arab Emirates UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Monday in Abu Dhabi discussed with President of Afghanistan Pervez Musharraf the tense situation between India and Pakistan and the efforts made to contain the crisis between the two countries.
United Arab Emirates-Pakistan, Politics, 6/11/2002
Arab League chief confers with British foreign office minister at Shadow government
The Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa on Monday in Cairo discussed with the foreign office secretary at the British Shadow government Michael Angram latest developments of conditions in the Middle East under the continued escalation
Regional-UK, Politics, 6/11/2002
Rumsfeld leaves Kuwait for Bahrain; accuses Iraq
The US secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld has expressed his hope that the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will be toppled during the period of time when he is still a defense minister.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 6/11/2002
Rumsfeld address Iraq issue upon his arrival in Kuwait
Here are the US Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld Sunday, June 9, 2002 answers on some issues upon his arrival in Kuwait.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 6/11/2002
Bahrain licenses dual nationality with Gulf states
The King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa has given his instructions to amend the Bahraini nationality law so as the Bahraini citizen can keep his own identity when he wants to get the nationality of one of the Gulf Cooperation member states (GCC).
Bahrain-Gulf, Politics, 6/11/2002
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki: Parties seeking to ruin Morocco-Spain ties are wrong, spanish socialist party
"If there are forces seeking to ruin the Morocco-Spain ties, they are wrong," secretary general of the Spanish Labor Socialist Party (PSOE), Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said in an interview with Moroccan "Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki" daily.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 6/11/2002
Al-Hayat: Syria, Turkey to sign military agreements
In its Monday's issue, the London - based al-Hayat daily said quoting well-informed sources that the Syrian army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Hassan Turkmani will discuss with his Turkish peer during this forthcoming visit to Ankara, several issues, including ensuring the safety of borders and cooperation in the field of fighting terrorism and dismantling mines on the two sides of the border of 600 Km length.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 6/11/2002
Israel denies intention to release Lebanese prisoner
The spokesman for the Israeli army has denied the assertion made by the Lebanese daily Assafir in its Monday issue that Israel will release the Lebanese detainee Muhammad Abbas al-Barzawi shortly, who is held in the Israeli jails since 1987.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/11/2002
Bahrain to privatize telecommunications sector
Bahrain has decided to found a commission to supervise the liberalization of the telecommunications sector.
Bahrain, Economics, 6/11/2002
A dialogue on Information Technology between the Arab League, the UN
A meeting will be held at the headquarters of the Arab League (AL) in Cairo on June 18 through 20 to discuss means of using Information Technology in development. The meeting will be held under the AL general secretariat's special committee in collaboration with the UN general secretariat.
Regional, Economics, 6/11/2002
ISESCO's international conference says international community is responsible for protection of Christian and Muslim shrines
In their final communique, participants say an intervention of the international community, and of permanent members of the UN security council, will help abide by international covenants, mainly the Geneva conventions and the UNESCO resolutions that consider the shrines as a universal legacy whose protection against aggression, destruction, desecration and obliteration is a responsibility of the international community.
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 6/11/2002
Israel forces roll into all areas of al-Beera and Ramullah
The Israeli forces, backed by more than 70 tanks, armored vehicles and helicopters broke into the two cities of Ramullah and al-Beera, Beitonia town and al-Am'ari camp and besieged the headquarters of the Palestinian authority, destroyed several houses and launched a vast campaign of arrest that targeted scores of members of the Palestinian police and in addition imposed curfew on the already stormed into areas.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 6/11/2002
Cement plants spend LE 600 million to conserve environment
Egyptian Minister of Public Enterprises Sector Mokhtar Khattab said the Egyptian Cement plants spent about LE 600 million to adjust their positions in line with environment standards and dispose of their dust in healthy way.
Egypt, Environment, 6/11/2002
Central Bank of Egypt governor opens new check clearing house
the new clearinghouse would shorten the time for drawing one cheque to one day for central Cairo banks and just a few days in other parts of the country. The period was previously 20-25 days.
Egypt, Economics, 6/11/2002
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The 10th session of the Morocco-Tunisia high joint commission, initially scheduled in Tunis for June 7-8, was postponed to June 13-14. The session will be chaired by the two countries' prime ministers, Morocco's Abderrahmane Youssoufi and Tunisia's Mohamed Ghannouchi who was instructed by Tunisian president, Zine Elabidine Benali, to seize all existing opportunities to develop bilateral relations, increase trade and investments flow and consolidate links between the two states.
Syria's deputy premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Monday received a telephone call from the Egyptian Foreign minister Ahmad Maher. Maher briefed al-Shara with the results of the visit made by President Hosni Mubarak to Washington and the talks he had made with the American officials in order to find out an outlet for the explosive situation in the occupied Arab territories.
Former South Africa's President Nelson Mandella intends to visit the Libyan Abdul Baset al-Miqrahi, who is in spending a life- imprisonment sentence after he was found guilty in December 2001 of blowing off an American plane over Lockerbie in 1988.