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Lahoud meets with Chirac, Francophonic summit to starts
The Lebanese President Emil Lahoud discussed with the French President Jacque Chirac the situation in the Middle East, bilateral relations and the convening of the Francophonuc summit in Beirut today.
Lebanon-France, Politics, 10/18/2002
Al-Assad describes Sharon as killer; Changing the Iraqi regime costs millions of lives
Syrian President Bashar al- Assad on Thursday said that any war against Iraq will take the region into "the unknown," stressing that the Iraqi regime can not be changed without killing of millions, because the situation is different from that in Afghanistan.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 10/18/2002
Iraqi opposition: The priority is for the American companies
The spokesman for the Iraqi national congress, al-Sharif Bin Ali Bin al-Hussein, has announced that the congress will reconsider the oil investment contracts, currently given to foreign companies in Iraq. He indicated that priority will be for the greater American companies.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/18/2002
Libyan committee inspects Eritrea - Sudan borders
The Sudanese opposition announced on Wednesday that it has accompanied a delegation representing Libyan mediators to the areas it recently controlled in Eastern Sudan in order to prove that Eritrea is not taking part in the fighting taking place between it and the government forces.
Sudan-Eritrea, Politics, 10/18/2002
Kurdish official meets with Iraqi opposition in Syria
A source from the Kurdistani national federation said that the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan Barham Ahmad Saleh met on Tuesday evening in Damascus with the representatives for the Iraqi opposition movements, existing in Syria.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 10/18/2002
Head of daily fined for libel against fellow journalist
Mohamed Brini, director of Al-Ahdat Al-Maghribya daily, was fined 20,000 dirhams (roughly US$ 2,000) by a Casablanca court, for libel against Driss Mrini, who is in charge of production at the Moroccan first TV channel RTM.
Morocco, Politics, 10/18/2002
Egyptian mediation between Fatah, Hamas; Mashaal denies meeting Salaam in Damascus
The head of the media office of the political bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashaal, stressed that he had recently made a telephone call with the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the framework of the contacts made by the Hamas and the Fatah movement "inside and outside" the Palestinian territories in order to contain the crisis resulting from assassinating a high ranking officer in the Palestinian police, while Palestinian papers talked about Egyptian efforts to mediate between Fatah and Hamas.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 10/18/2002
Al-Shara: Israel has buried the peace process
The Syrian deputy premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Thursday received the Norway's special envoy for the Middle east peace process and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 10/18/2002
A new Israeli carnage in Rafah, 8 Palestinians killed, 50 wounded
The Israeli forces on Thursday added a new carnage to the series of killings committed on a daily basis against the Palestinians. Eight Palestinians were killed and more than 50 were wounded, most of them are women and children by Israeli shelling that hit a school and Palestinian houses in Rafah camp, in Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/18/2002
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The Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Sultanov has refuted the claims said on an cooperation between Russia and Syria in the field of nuclear researches.
Egypt stressed the importance of implementing all Security Council resolutions without distinction, instead of insisting on implementing them on selective and immediate bases, while disregarding other resolutions pertaining to the Middle East.
The chairman of the Iraqi opposition national congress Ahmad al-Jalabi said that Iraq's after Saddam Hussein will seek to establish peace with Israel.
A young Kuwaiti ( 17 year old) called Abdul Mohsin al-Maqate' tried to cause explosiions and fires in a large residential area called "Alya and Ghalia" ( high and expensive) which is mainly inhabited by Americans and foreigners, situated in al-Manqaf area, 20 Km from the city of Kuwait.
The Saudi minister of oil and mineral resources Ali al-Nueimi on Wednesday in Riyadh discussed with the US state department secretary for economic affairs, trade and Agriculture Allen Larson conditions of international oil market.
Moroccan authorities seized, Tuesday in Oued Laou region, northern Morocco, 6.7 tons of hashish of a marketing value estimated at 67 millions dirhams (US$ 6.7 million), hidden in a lorry.