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Al-Thawra: First private commercial bank in Syria lisenced
The central bank in Syria has approved the opening of the first private commercial bank in implementation of the law provided for founding private banks, approved by the Syrian parliament since more than one year.
Syria, Business, 8/23/2002
Message from al-Assad to Mubarak on unifying Arab position
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak received on Thursday at Marsa Matrouh city the Syrian deputy prime minister and foreign minister Farouk al- Shara. The meeting was attended by the Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 8/23/2002
Saudi Arabians boycott Coca Cola and Pepsi for Iranian Zamzam
An Iranian beverage drinks company has been witnessing great turnout in Saudi Arabia by boosting "an Islamic alternative" for the American drinks like Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola, due to people's boycott of the American products.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Economics, 8/23/2002
Al-Walid Bin Talal speaks for the royal family: Saudi assets were not withdrawn from the US
The Saudi Prince al-Walid Bin Talal has underestimated the importance and the credibility of reports which talked about the withdrawal of Saudi assets from the US estimated at 200 billion dollars, noting that he is talking on behalf of the Saudi royal family.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Economics, 8/23/2002
Shura Council Committee denounce US intervention in Egypt's domestic affairs
The Shura Council Foreign and Arab affairs and National Security Committee on Wednesday denounced the decision adopted by the American Administration to stop additional economic aid to Egypt because of the court ruling against Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Director of Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 8/23/2002
A new party formed in Sudan; 90,000 Eritrean refugees
In another development, the Province of Kasla to the east of Sudan has called on the UN and other organizations to lay the necessary arrangements for the return back of Eritrean refugees to their country after the end of their legal stay in Sudan and end of their asylum in Sudan by the end of September.
Sudan, Politics, 8/23/2002
Ramullah: thousands eulogize Saadat
More than 3,000 Palestinians on Thursday took part in the funeral of Muhammad Saadat, the brother of the secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was killed on Tuesday at the hands of Israeli Comandos.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/23/2002
LBC: Morocco does not militarize political issues, FM
Morocco which remains firmly attached to its rights and claims over its territories that are still occupied by Spain does not militarize political issues, being convinced that the real force is that of dialogue, said Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohammed Benaissa.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 8/23/2002
IGAD's meetings start in Tripoli
al-Tureiki renewed the condemnation of the coalition to terrorism, stressing that fighting terrorism is the responsibility of the international community as a whole. He called for convening an international conference defining the concept of terrorism, and dealing with its reasons as well as making a clear distinction between terrorism and people's right to resist occupation and repression.
Libya-Regional, Politics, 8/23/2002
Al-Baath: Syrian- Turkish water coordination
The Syrian minister of irrigation Muhammad Mustafa Martieni has started an official visit to Turkey on top of a technical delegation to attend the inauguration of the Turkish Aksha treatment border station and to be acquainted with the irrigation and water projects in Turkey.
Syria-Turkey, Economics, 8/23/2002
Senegal calls for promoting Morocco-Senegal economic, commercial ties
Senegalese minister of foreign affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, called in Rabat Wednesday for the promotion of economic and commercial ties between Morocco and Senegal.
Morocco-Senegal, Economics, 8/23/2002
Some 15 Saudi compensation cases against the American government over defaming
In retaliation to the judicial trials that were filed before in American courts demanding Saudi Arabian figures and companies in order to receive compensations estimated at 3,000 billion dollars for the victims of the attacks of September 11, a Saudi lawyer decided to file more than 15 cases addressed against US governmental sides and to ask for compensations for physical and psychological compensation for Saudis
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 8/23/2002
Palestinian groups: continued Intifada is a strategic option
The Palestinian groups on Thursday held a press conference in Damascus in which they stressed attachment to the Palestinian principles and the right of the Palestinian people to resist and continue the Intifada until the legitimate national objectives are achieved and "foiling the Zionist project in the region."
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 8/23/2002
France is astonished over Israel's holding of 52 French citizens
The French government said on Wednesday that is "bewildered " over the Israeli authorities besiege of 52 French peace activists upon their arrival in Tel Aviv.
Israel-France, Politics, 8/23/2002
More Israeli incursions, land confiscation, one Palestinian woman killed
The decision which was issued by the commander of the central area in the Israeli army Moshe Kaflinski stated to confiscate hundreds of dunnums of the agricultural lands in these villages in the sites of Khalt Hameeda, Zeitoun al- Manakis; al-Murabba, al-Kassara, Khalayel al-Kharoub; Zeitoun al-Amayer and Khallet Soud.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 8/23/2002
FBI after a Saudi for links to September 11 attack
The US Federal Bureau for Investigation (FBI) has issued an international warrant of arrest against a Saudi Arabian suspected to be linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the USA.
Saudi Arabia-USA, 8/23/2002
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