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Al-Nour: A law on political parties to be issued in Syria
The Syrian al-Nour, weekly, mouthpiece of the Syrian communist party, said that official sides in the government are preparing to issue a law for the political parties in Syria.
Syria, Politics, 9/4/2002
Bahrain: four political societies boycott elections
Four Bahraini political societies on Tuesday decided not to take part in the parliamentary elections due to be held on October 24, urging King Hamad to cancel amendments introduced to the constitution.
Bahrain, Politics, 9/4/2002
Minister warns against use of mosques to electoral ends
Moroccan Minister of Habous (endowments) and Islamic affairs, Abdelkebir Alaoui M'Daghri has warned against the use of mosques to electoral ends.
Morocco, Politics, 9/4/2002
Moroccan administration pledges neutrality in coming elections
For the ministry of the interior, the organizing of elections is a mere technical operation, he said, adding that his department will deal severely, in line with the law, with any dishonest behavior such as the use of money, the use of state-owned means in the electoral campaign or the resort to false promises to buy votes. He said he had personally requested the staging of a campaign to struggle against such behaviors.
Morocco, Politics, 9/4/2002
Saudi Arabia, Libya economic and investment agreements
These include industrial, petrochemical, oil, agricultural, health affairs and the exchange of information relating to scientific researches and technical expertise between the two states as well as forming a joint committee representing
Saudi Arabia-Libya, Economics, 9/4/2002
Hurriyet: A second Turkish gate in northern Iraq
The paper said that the new border gate will be opened by Turkey at the point where the borders of the three countries Syria, Iraq and Turkey meets. This will enable having access to the Turkman area directly and not through the only border gate currently existing that links between Turkey and Iraq and is controlled by the Kurdistani Democratic party
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 9/4/2002
Gulf states suggest return of UN; diplomacy ends crisis with Iraq
The Gulf states (GCC) on Tuesday urged an end to talking about war, stressing that only through diplomacy would Washington's confrontation with Iraq end.
Gulf-Iraq, Politics, 9/4/2002
Al-Majd: Certain Iraqi opposition papers banned in Syria
The Jordanian weekly al-Majd said Tuesday that a Syrian media decision was issued in Damascus preventing the issuance of Iraqi opposition press in Damascus, banning circulation of such papers published abroad in the Syrian territories, and also halting all media criticism against the Iraqi regime from any source, whatsoever.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 9/4/2002
Maher renewed rejection to striking Iraq
The Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher has renewed his country's deliberate rejection to direct any military attack against Iraq, stressing that there is nothing in the International Law which justifies or permits one country to interfere in the internal affairs of another country.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 9/4/2002
Amman to host second Arab Women's Summit early October
She pointed out that Cairo's declaration stressed the necessity of holding the summit regularly every two years, holding an extraordinary summit and organizing forums that would discuss the woman's relation with the law, politics, media and economy.
Regional, Culture, 9/4/2002
Al-Qabas: Syrian source deny permitting al-Qaida to station in Lebanon
A high ranking Syrian official has denied what was stated by the Israeli daily Haaretz on Damascus permitting of 150- 200 members of al-Qaida organization through its territories to Lebanon, stationed in Ein al-Helweh camp for the Palestinian refugees which adjoins the Lebanese city of Sidon.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 9/4/2002
Baghdad hosts emergency meeting for Arab Parliamentary Union
Works of the emergency session of the Arab parliamentary Union in its 42 session started on Tuesday in Baghdad with the participation of parliamentarians representing 19 Arab states in order to discuss the continued American threats against Iraq.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 9/4/2002
Sudan to rebels: you cannot have peace and guns
The secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa on Tuesday in Cairo discussed with the Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael latest developments of conditions on the Sudanese arena in light of the decision taken by the Sudanese government to suspend the talks with the rebels movement in Sudan.
Regional-Sudan, Politics, 9/4/2002
Aziz: Iraq ready to cooperate on return of UN inspectors
The secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan on Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, met with the Iraqi deputy premier, on the sideline of the earth summit in South Africa in order to hold talks concerning the arising crisis between his country and the US.
Iraq, Politics, 9/4/2002
Mubarak urges rich countries to promote global development
He also emphasised that it was a sad fact that the very little has been achieved along the road of sustainable development in the last decade, especially with dwindling assistance earmarked for this process.
Egypt-Regional, Economics, 9/4/2002
Muhammad Atta's visit to Syria
The Monte Carlo radio correspondent in Damascus said Tuesday that the Syrian authorities handed over the American intelligence by the end of 2001 a full investigation about Muhammad Atta, the first accused person of implementing September 11 incidents in the US.
Syria-USA, Local, 9/4/2002
Al-Kabareiti, the proposed UN envoy for Iraq, after Saddam
The Lebanese daily al-Nahar said yesterday, according to well-informed Arab sources, that search is being made at the meantime for an Arab figure that would play in Iraq a role similar to that played by Elakhder al-Ibraheimi in Afghanistan, as a special envoy for the UN secretary general.
Iraq-Jordan, Politics, 9/4/2002
Three Palestinians shot by Israel, one house destroyed on its inhabitants
the Israeli settlers started to build a new quarter in a settlement in the West Bank while others occupied a house in East Jerusalem.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 9/4/2002
Israel permits convening of the Palestinian Legislative Council
An Israeli official said that Israel decided on Tuesday to allow convene a meeting for the Palestinian Legislative Council on September 9 in Ramullah but it reserved what he had called the right of preventing access of certain members from taking part in the said meeting.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 9/4/2002
Some 11 persons killed in fighting in Somalia
Some 11 persons were at least killed in Somalia between warring groups in one of the northern quarters in Makadishu including five in a land mine explosion in Raghili village in the downtown of Somalia.
Somalia, Local, 9/4/2002
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Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam arrived in Paris on Tuesday carrying a message from the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to his French counterpart Jacques Chirac, according to a well-informed political Syrian source.
An official in Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry has stressed that Riyadh did not send any official delegation to Iraq, and that the Saudi businessmen who will be visiting Iraq have no diplomatic traits or are not delegated from the Kingdom, and they are in Iraq in their capacities as traders and businessmen, the Saudi daily al-Youm reported Monday.
Moroccan minister of the interior Driss Jettou has ruled out any link between the recent events in Morocco, mainly the arrest of members of the "Jihadia Salafiya," and the coming elections.
The spokesman for the Israeli prime minister Ranaan Ghesein announced on Monday that Israel will not permit the return back of the chairman of the Palestinian authority Yasser Arafat to the West Bank if he leaves it. Ghesein explained that Israel gives Arafat the option to leave but will prevent him from returning back.