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50,000 Bahraini in a rally for opposition: toward a constitutional monarchy
The Bahraini political opposition societies yesterday declared themselves as a force greater" than the parliament which will be elected tomorrow in the framework of the "reform project" carried out by the King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Bahrain, Politics, 10/23/2002
Al-Assad gets a message from Bush: US vision for the region is based on Israeli ideas
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad yesterday met with US Department of States Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs head, Assistant Secretary William Joseph Burns, who handed him a message from the US President George Bush.
Syria-USA, Politics, 10/23/2002
Sultan: we did not sever relations with Baghdad
The Saudi defense minister prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz said yesterday that Saudi Arabia has not severed its relations with Iraq. He indicated that " they ( he Iraqis) were the ones who severed relations with us since 1991 following their invasion of Kuwait."
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 10/23/2002
King Mohammed sends message to conference on children rights in euro-mediterranean region
The conference, chaired by Princess Lalla Meryem, provides signatory countries of the United Nations convention on child's rights an opportunity to devise a 2003 action plan in favor of children
Morocco-Regional, Culture, 10/23/2002
Campaigns to evacuate Eritreans from Kasla; US sanctions not justified
Khartoum yesterday criticized US President George Bush signing of a law that provides for imposing sanctions on Sudan in case it will not negotiate "with good intention" with the rebels in the south.
Sudan-Eritrea, Politics, 10/23/2002
Al-Rai al-Aam: Moussa stresses that Jerusalem is an Arab city
The secretary general of the Arab league Amre Mousa has stressed the adherence of the Palestinians and the Arabs to the city of Jerusalem as an Arab city and to their national legitimate and historical rights.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 10/23/2002
American military maneuvers in Qatar postponed
The US embassy in Qatar announced that it was decided to postpone the military maneuvers set for November with the aim to ensure necessary time needed for full arrival of necessary equipment in order to carry out these maneuvers.
Qatar-USA, Politics, 10/23/2002
Al-Hakim welcomes the American support
The chairman of the higher council of the Islamic revolution in Iraq Muhammad Baqer al-Hakim on Monday stressed that he welcomes an international support including an American one to topple the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but he opposes the installation of a "puppet " government, for the Americans in Baghdad.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/23/2002
Rafah: One Egyptian policeman wounded in a clash with Palestinians
A source at the Egyptian police said that one policeman was wounded on Monday during fire exchange with Palestinians in the Egyptian part of Rafah while they were trying to hand over weapons to Palestinians in Gaza.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 10/23/2002
Arafat may announce his new government: 20-21 ministers, three new
Palestinian officials have announced that the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has completed the formation of the new government which might be declared today or tomorrow and will be submitted to the Palestinian National Council ( parliament) next week.
Palestine, Politics, 10/23/2002
Israeli forces demolish several houses; threaten more aggressions
The Israeli forces, on the other hand, launched a large campaign of arrest which targeted scores of people in Hebron, Gaza, Jenin, Laban al-Sharqeyah village and simultaneously prevented the Palestinian farmers from cultivating their olive harvest
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/23/2002
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Kuwait's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Muhammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah described the visit of Morocco's King Mohammed to Kuwait as a historic one. "It is a historic visit by all measures because it is the first time hr comes to Kuwait as a King though he visited Kuwait in 1990 as Crown Prince," Sheikh Muhammad said.
Egypt's Interior Minister Habib AL Adli requested the security agencies to activate efforts to uncover criminal activities and combat criminal elements within the framework of legitimacy and law. He highlighted the need to monitor the markets to face exploitation and cheating to the consumers.
The Egyptian Cabinet yesterday stressed its categorical rejection to direct any military attack against Iraq. It stressed the need of solving the Iraqi issue by peaceful means and avoiding the option of war, following Iraq's announcement to fully abide by the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions concerned.
The Syrian deputy premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara yesterday in Damascus received the chairman of the Socialist Progressive Party in Lebanon Walid Junblat. Discussions dealt with the developments of regional and international conditions and relations between Syria and Lebanon.
The Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher yesterday in Cairo discussed with the spokesman for the British opposition for defense affairs Bernard Kinkin the developments concerning the Iraqi issue in light of Iraq's consent for the return back of the UN inspectors and the international efforts currently made to reach a diplomatic mission for the Iraqi case.
The US treasury department on Monday announced freezing assets of some 12 Sudanese companies including the "Sudan's National Broadcasting Corporation," without giving any reason to justify this measure.
Israeli warplanes yesterday renewed violation of the Lebanese airspace and broke the sound barrier over several Lebanese areas in the south, the Bekaa, the north and Beirut. The raiding Israeli planes were intercepted by the Lebanese means installed in these areas.