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101 Moroccans detained in Algeria return back home
A group of 101 Moroccans who have been detained in Algeria by the Polisario separatists returned to Morocco on Sunday, after having spent over 20 years in Polisario jails.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 7/9/2002
Two Yemeni journalists released
The West Sanaa court decided on Monday to release the two Yemeni writers Abdul Rahim Mohsin and Ibrahim Hassan Muhammad who were presented before the court over the case filed against them by the Press Attorney.
Yemen, Politics, 7/9/2002
Persons responsible for Zayzoun dam disaster brought before court
The first investigation judge at the economic security court in Syria received the file of persons who are accused of being the reason behind the collapse of Zayzoun dam in Hama province in Syria. Those persons will be brought before the economic security court.
Syria, Local, 7/9/2002
Mortgage law to revive real estate market
"The mortgage law will enable the banking sector for the first time in its history to contract loans for house purchases and facilitate repayments," he elaborated.
Egypt, Economics, 7/9/2002
New arbitration body for Bourse disputes approved
The new system will come into force in August to protect investors' interests, he said, adding that companies risk fines for failure to submit their accounts for inspection.
Egypt, Economics, 7/9/2002
Inter-Arab investments up by 34.6 per cent
The inter-Arab investments have surged by 34.6 per cent to reach $ 2.45 billion of which Egypt obtains 3.6 per cent, occupying the sixth position, according to a report by the investment guarantee corporation.
Regional, Economics, 7/9/2002
Al-Thawra: Third border center between Iraq, Iran
An Iraqi official announced on Monday that his country has completed all preparations to open a third border center between Iraq and Iran. He stressed that Iraq informed the Iranian side its readiness to receive trucks through this new border center.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 7/9/2002
Babel: An American plan to partition Saudi Arabia
The Iraqi daily Babel in an editorial thought to be written by Ode Saddam Hussein, son of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has warned against an American plan to partition the countries of the region starting as from Saudi Arabia and abrogating the Kingdom of Bahrain to have it back as a part of Iran and making Jordan a homeland alternative for the Palestinians.
Iraq-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 7/9/2002
Ceremonies of King Mohammed's wedding in Rabat as of Friday
The marriage act of King Mohammed VI to Lalla Salma was officially sealed on Friday March 21 at the royal palace in Rabat. The wedding festivities were initially scheduled to take place in Marrakesh as of April 12, 2002, but were postponed due to the aggravation of the situation in the Palestinian territories.
Morocco, Local, 7/9/2002
South African paper says Morocco should be one of the AU and NEPAD leaders
Morocco should be one of the leaders of the African Union and should have a front role in the NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development), wrote Sunday a South African weekly regretting Morocco's absence at a time Africa is readying to proclaim the birth of the African Union in the African summit that opens Monday in Durban.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 7/9/2002
Maher to BBC: We will not leave Sharon close door before peace
Egypt's contacts with the Palestinian and Israeli sides are aimed at avoiding more clashes between them, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher said yesterday.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 7/9/2002
Egypt foils attempt to smuggle weapons to Gaza
The Egyptian border police on Sunday foiled an attempt made by four Palestinians to smuggle tens of automatic guns, ammunition and thousands of "RBJ" amunition from the Egyptian coast from the city of Rafah to the Palestine side of it, in an area situated to the south of "Canada camp," 150 meters from the borders.
Egypt-Palestine, Local, 7/9/2002
Russia, France cling to Arafat's legitimacy
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov on Monday in Moscow announced the formation of a joint security council and agreed to unify their countries' positions which are in contrary to that of the US concerning the conflict in the Middle East.
Palestine-France, Politics, 7/9/2002
'Emirates in Morocco 2002 show' promotes exchange on july 11-15
The Moroccan economic capital of Casablanca will be hosting the "Emirates in Morocco 2002 show" this July 11 through 15.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, Economics, 7/9/2002
Haartez: Peres meets with Palestinian finance minister
The Israeli daily Haartez said on Monday that the Israeli army leadership has reached a conclusion that the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be out of office within 6 months and therefore Israel has no need to expel him from the Palestinian territories.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/9/2002
Saudi Arabia temporarily prevents pilgrims from Syria, Pakistan
The Saudi daily al-Watan said Monday that the ministry of pilgrims ( al- Haj) prevented "performers of the minor al-Haj rituals" (Omra) from Syria and Pakistan to arrive in Saudi Arabia temporarily because of the trade in the "Omra" visas.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Local, 7/9/2002
Morocco and Spain in permanent contact to overcome crisis, Spanish official
Spanish secretary of state for external relations, Miguel Nadal, said Morocco holds a rank of priority in the Spanish diplomacy agenda and the two countries are in permanent contact to overcome the present crisis.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 7/9/2002
Algeria: Six persons slaughtered near al-Medya
An armed group on Sunday killed 6 persons including four youngsters in Harbil village near al-Medya village to the north of the Algerian capital, Algiers, according to witnesses from the areas.
Algeria, Local, 7/9/2002
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The Jordanian King Abdullah II on Monday started a visit to Moscow to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid intensive Arab and foreign diplomatic moves to rescue the settlement process with Israel and under US threats of military attacks by the US against Iraq.
A Turkish official said on Monday that more than 20 persons were killed in battles that erupted between the fighters of the Kurdisani National Federation party and gunmen from "Jund al-Islam" ( Islam soldier)" organization which is accused of having ties with Osama Bin Laden in the city of Halbja to the north of Iraq.
A total of 94,543 students passed the Baccalaureate exams in 2002, which is 64% of candidates, Moroccan minister of education, Abdellah Saaf, said last week. In a statement on the baccalaureate results, Saaf said the rates were of 71.17% for public schools, and 91.56% for private schools.