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King Mohammed pledges vibrant capital and investments opportunities
"The materialization of this objective goes through abiding by the rules of good governance of public affairs, rapid and in-depth implementation of administrative, judiciary, fiscal and financial reforms, rural development and enhancement of enterprises' competitiveness -- by putting emphasis on the sectors where we have assets and where we have an advantage in terms of competitiveness and of productivity," the king said.
Morocco, Economics, 10/12/2002
King Mohammed opens parliament's fall session
Morocco, Politics, 10/12/2002
King wants equal opportunity treatment for Moroccan women
Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Friday called for a fairer treatment of Moroccan women in all walks of life.
Morocco, Politics, 10/12/2002
The Guardian: Russia denies deal with US over Iraq
The Russian defense minister Sergy Ivanov has stressed that the US has failed to give clear evidence to justify the launching of a military attack against Iraq.
Iraq-Russia, Politics, 10/12/2002
Red Cross President urges Israel to abide by 4th Geneva Convention
Kellenberger urged the Israeli authorities to fully implement the provisions of the 4th Geneva Convention, namely "to take measures that will enable the civilian population living in the Occupied Territories to resume as
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/12/2002
Human rights in Islam probed in Rabat
The Moroccan capital of Rabat will host this October 17-18 a colloquy on "Human Rights in Islam," organized by the Saudi Cultural Center in Morocco.
Morocco-Regional, Culture, 10/12/2002
MBC: Abdullah: the Hashimite family has no ambitions to ruling Iraq
The Jordanian King Abdullah on Friday denied any Hashimite ambitions in ruling Baghdad. This was expressed in an interview with the MBC TV during which he directed clear threats against the parties which he said have foreign links. He, in this regard, noted the Communist Party, the Baath party and the Islamic Labor Front.
Jordan-Iraq, Politics, 10/12/2002
NY Times: US plans to rule Iraq
Just few hours after the US Bush administration received the authorization of the Congress to use force anyway the President sees fit to preserve national security, a report was issued in the US on Friday, that was denied by the Bush administration, stating that the US forces will directly assume power in Iraq for fears that disorder and internal fighting will erupt between the various Iraqi forces.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/12/2002
Al-Mustaqbal: Al-Bashir vows commitment to establish peace in southern Sudan
The Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has stressed his country's commitment to reach a final agreement to establish peace and stability in southern Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 10/12/2002
Assafir: Lebanon denies US request to postpone pumping al-Wazzani river water
A high ranking diplomatic source at the Lebanese foreign ministry has denied the US to have asked Lebanon to postpone the date for pumping waters from al-Wazzani river or to cancel this process.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 10/12/2002
Abu Mazin denies Israeli report on using harsh words against Arafat
The secretary general of the PLO Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazin) has denied what was published by the Israeli daily Maareve that he made criticism to the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat during a special meeting he had held with the Arab ambassadors in Moscow. Abu Mazin said in a statement to the BBC he did not and will not attack President Arafat, in person or politically.
Palestine, Politics, 10/12/2002
Two Palestinians killed by Israel, 24 new settlement buildings
the chairman of Meretz bloc in the Israeli Knesset said that the best solution to end the bloody confrontations in the occupied territories is to establish the Palestinian state. He said that the idea of international authorization in the Palestinian territories and deployment of UN forces in Gaza and the West bank is the only idea that can be implemented
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/12/2002
Portuguese group bids for building, operating tourism area in Morocco
Portuguese tourism group "Pestana" is bidding for the building and operation of a tourism zone in Guelmim (southern Morocco), one of five new sea resorts Morocco has initiated as part of the "Azur plan."
Morocco-Portugal, Economics, 10/12/2002
Al-Seyasah: all members of al-Kandari, al-Hajiri in Kuwait cell arrested
The Kuwaiti daily al-Seyasah said yesterday that all members of the cell to which the two Kuwaitis Anas al-Kandari and Jasem al-Hajiri belong, who were killed in the attack carried against the American Marine forces stationed in the Kuwaiti Filka island on Wednesday, were arrested. The cell's members totals 16.
Kuwait, Politics, 10/12/2002
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One day after his appointment by King Mohammed VI prime minister, Driss Jettou started Thursday consultations to form a government, Morocco's second TV channel 2M said. Driss Jettou had several meetings with heads of the popular alliance's three parties and leaders of three parties grouped in the socialist alliance, PPS' Ismael Alaoui, RNI's Ahmed Osman, and FFD's Thami El Khyari, 2M said.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI will pay starting next Monday an official visit to Russia, to be followed by an official visit to Kuwait, it was officially announced in Rabat.
A Saudi Arabian delegation will on October 14 and 15 hold economic talks, first of its kind, in Moscow between the two largest oil- exporting countries in the world. It is, however, ruled out that the issue of oil to be listed on the meeting's agenda with the absence of the Saudi oil minister Ali al-Nueimi from the delegation which will be under the chairmanship of the minister of finance Abdul Aziz al-Assaf.
The Israeli forces from its radar position inside the occupied Shebaa farms mopped up by heavy machine guns on Friday at dawn the surrounding of the position and the adjoining valleys.
The liaison committee of the Amman's national meeting, which was held in Amman between the leader of the Lebanese Socialist Progressive party Walid Junblat and the national forces of the Druz Arabs in Israel, extended official invitations to take part in a consultation meeting to be held on October 26 in al-Rama village in preparation for the Arab national conference to end the compulsory military service for Druz and resisting the phenomenon of volunteering in the Israeli army and police.
Police in Casablanca seized 120 kg of cannabis after arresting two dealers and their provider. Authorities found 60 kg of kif (raw hashish plant) wrapped in a plastic bag while searching the two dealers' home and 49 kg of cannabis in the provider's house.