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Bahrain: those who boycott elections are the loosers
The Bahraini minister of information Nabil al-Homor on Wednesday played down the importance that four Bahraini political societies including the Islamic national reconciliation society, which represents the main Shiite trend, its boycott of the parliamentary elections due in October.
Bahrain, Politics, 9/5/2002
Unesco seminar on democratic governance, NGOs and poverty fighting
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold here September 9 through 12 a seminar on "Arab NGOs, Democratic Governance, Poverty fighting policies: the ARABGOVNET network."
Regional, Politics, 9/5/2002
Arab FMs discuss issues; al-Shara: vagueness on fate of Arab peace initiative
Meetings of the 118th session of the Arab League (AL) council at the level of foreign ministers started on Wednesday at the AL headquarters in Cairo.
Regional, Politics, 9/5/2002
E-commerce could hit $1.4 trillion, Egypt prepares
Online commerce is certainly not new to world markets. But B2B (business-to-business) transactions, conducted online, are rapidly spreading as an effective and efficient way of conducting business.
Egypt, Economics, 9/5/2002
Ministerial reshuffle in Tunisia
Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Wednesday made a ministerial reshuffle which included reducing number of ministers without portfolio from 54 to 40.
Tunisia, Politics, 9/5/2002
Plan to market Egyptian cotton in US, Japan
"One of the most challenging obstacles hindering Egyptian cotton exports to these markets is that consumers there are not aware of the high quality of Egyptian cotton; nor can they differentiate it from other cottons", the minister explained.
Egypt-Japan, Economics, 9/5/2002
Mauritania's Taye' confers with Peres
President of Mauritania Mu'aweya Wild Taye' met on Tuesday in Johannesburg with the Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres.
Mauritania-Israel, Politics, 9/5/2002
Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation meets Moroccan officials
The Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation currently visiting Morocco, headed by secretary general of the Kuwaiti parliament, Moubarak Beneh Al-Kharnij, met in Rabat Tuesday several officials, including Prime Minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
Morocco-Kuwait, Politics, 9/5/2002
Al-Sahafi al-Dawli: Sudan denies transporting Qaida's gold shipments to Sudan
Sudan has denied news which said that financial officials for al-Qaida organization had transported shipments of Gold to Sudan with the aim to transfer al-Qaida's investment activity to Khartoum.
Sudan, Politics, 9/5/2002
Japanese people oppose striking Iraq
An opinion poll issued on Wednesday showed that the Japanese opposed with great majority any American attack against Iraq.
Iraq-Japan, Politics, 9/5/2002
Australia and striking Iraq
The Australian prime minister John Howard said on Wednesday in an attempt to calm down opposition demonstrators for Australia's involvement in any military act against Iraq, that Canberra will not take part in any attack against Iraq unless that in the service of a national interest.
Iraq-Australia, Politics, 9/5/2002
Czech foreign minister opposes striking Iraq
The Czech foreign minister has opposed directing an American military attack against Iraq and called for the return back of UN inspectors to it.
Regional-Czech Republic, Politics, 9/5/2002
EU rejects Israeli expulsion policy against Palestinians
The Israeli forces continued campaigns of arrest against the Palestinians which target six citizens from Taffouh village in al-Khalil ( Hebron), including Akram Abu Sininah, one of the Fatah cadres and the other five are among his aides.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 9/5/2002
One Lebanese soldier, armed Palestinians killed in sudden confrontations in Galilee camp
One Lebanese soldier, and two Palestinians were killed while other 16 were wounded in sudden confrontations that erupted on Wednesday at dawn between a patrol for the Lebanese army and armed Palestinian elements in the Galilee camp in Baalbeck.
Lebanon, Local, 9/5/2002
Morocco, Hong Kong suppress entry visas for their passport holders
Morocco and Hong Kong decided to suppress entry visa requirements for the holders of their respective passports. The decision will come into force as of next October 1. The duration of the sojourn authorized in this frame is of 30 days.
Morocco-China, Politics, 9/5/2002
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King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa arrive din Jeddah in an official visit to Saudi Arabia. He is to hold talks with the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, the deputy premier and minister of defense in Saudi Arabia prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz dealing with developments taking place on the Arab, regional and international arenas especially in regard to Palestine and Iraq.
French President Jacques Chirac meets today morning with the Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam who will convey a message from President bashar al-Assad amid a mutual concern over a likely American attack against Iraq and Washington's continued support for the "bloody policy " pursued by the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
Workers in the Jordanian oil refinery told the weekly al-Sabeel in its Wednesday's issue that technical teams are currently making maintenance works to preserve the Saudi- Jordanian oil pipelines.
A ministerial meeting chaired by Egypt's Prime Minister Atef Ebeid discussed yesterday the financing of joint natural gas and electricity projects with Libya and Jordan.
"Australia intends to increase its investments in Egypt, thanks to the facilities and incentives the Egyptian government offers to investors," said head of the Australian parliamentary delegation currently visiting Egypt, adding that Australian projects in Egypt include one for digging for gold in the Western Desert and another for building grain silos at Port el-Adablya in Suez Governorate.
The Indian prime minister Atal Fajiani has expressed his country's strong support for the Palestinian question including the foundation of an independent Palestinian state, calling for a solution to the question of Iraq under the umbrella of the UN.
The Israeli police on Wednesday defused a bomb found in a village in the downtown of Israel near a house that used to be inhabited by the former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak until one year before.
The central statistical division in Israel said on Tuesday that migration to Israel which has been always encouraged by Israel decreased in 2001 by 28% because of the economic conditions and the Intifada.
Sources at the US Congress and government said that President George Bush will ask the Congress this week to allocate a sum of one billion dollars to help Israel and strengthen security at the American airports. Bush will ask the Congress to give 200 million dollars for Israel which gets 3 billion dollars of the American aids annually, and asked for increasing the American aid to 800 million.