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First democratic experience in 30 years, Bahrainis elect their parliament
Some 650,000 Bahraini citizens who are eligible to vote will today cast their votes to choose their candidates for the new parliament which was reconstructed following 30 years of it being desolved, under a boycott by four remarkable political societies in the country.
Bahrain, Politics, 10/24/2002
Iraqis ask for prisoners who did not appear after the Presidential Pardon
Iraqis have been gathered since two days in front of a headquarters of the Iraqi police in one on Baghdad's quarters to find out about the fate of relatives presumed to be governed by the Amnesty issued by the Iraqi President, but so far they have not appeared.
Iraq, Politics, 10/24/2002
King Mohammed meets Kuwaiti Amir, Kuwaiti top officials
Morocco's King Mohammed VI, who started on Tuesday an official visit to Kuwait, held on Wednesday talks with Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
Kuwait-Morocco, Politics, 10/24/2002
The greatest breakthrough Hizbullah made into the Israeli military establishment; Israel discloses spy network by an army officer
Israel was bewildered yesterday when the court permitted issuing the news of arresting a high ranking army officer in the Israeli army together with other ten under the charges of spying for the Hizbullah party and trading drugs.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 10/24/2002
William Burns: War against Iraq is not imminent, or inevitable; strong US commitment to ME peace
Talking to correspondents of Arab and foreign media correspondents in Damascus on October 22nd, the US Assistant Secretary of State, William Burns said that he had useful and candid discussions in Damascus.
Regional-USA, Politics, 10/24/2002
Al-Rikabi might preside over an Iraqi government; Baghdad negotiate with oppositions abroad
The Iraqi write Abdul Ameer al-Rikabi, who lives in Paris said he expects the Iraqi government to resume talks with Iraqis in exiles, like him, over forming a new government that he might be its prime minister.
Iraq, Politics, 10/24/2002
Saud al-Faisal rules out a war against Iraq: Israel poisons the Arab public opinion against the US
The Saudi foreign minister prince Saud al-Faisal has ruled out yesterday that the US will launch a war against Iraq. He, on the other hand, stressed that Washington's silence towards the Israeli military campaign against the Palestinians poisons the Arab position towards the USA.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 10/24/2002
Algeria, Iran sign memorandum of understanding
Iran and Algeria yesterday in Tehran signed a memorandum of understanding on military, security and technical cooperation between the two countries.
Algeria-Iran, Politics, 10/24/2002
Riyadh denies American jets to have chased al-Qaida members
A high ranking Saudi source yesterday denied what was stated by the New York Times on that American jets has searched in the Empty Quarter in the Saudi desert for al-Qaida organization members.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 10/24/2002
International conference probes Islamic approach to children issues
The conference aims to examine the situation of children in the Islamic world, promote a better awareness of children rights and help trigger an exchange of know-how and experiences necessary to any approach geared to address children problems in their cultural, health, social, media and legal dimensions, an ISESCO communique says.
Regional-Morocco, Religion, 10/24/2002
Princess Lalla Meryem awarded UNESCO Medal; ISS space station cosmonauts send support letter
The international space station "ISS" crew sent a message to princess Lalla Meryem, chairwoman of the Moroccan observatory of children rights and UNESCO good will ambassador, supporting any endeavor meant to protect the dignity, basic rights and security of children.
Morocco-Regional, Local, 10/24/2002
Gulf oil ministers to meet on Saturday in Muscat
Oil ministers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will discuss during their meeting next Saturday in Muscat the current and future conditions of the world oil markets and results of the 8th international forum on energy between the oil producing and consuming states.
Gulf, Economics, 10/24/2002
Israeli tanks incur in Rafah, destroy several houses, 23 Palestinians wounded, scores arrested by Israel
Palestinian security sources and eye witnesses said that more than 15 tanks and two Israeli military vehicles incurred into al-Salaam quarters and Salah Eddin Gate an Ballouck in Rafah and destroyed 6 houses including the house of the Palestinian " martyr" Muhammad al-Qasir.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/24/2002
Arab banks union administrative board due in 2003 in Casablanca
The Arab Banks Union (UBA) will convene its administrative board in Casablanca in 2003, says a communique of the Moroccan banks professional group (GPBM).
Regional-Morocco, Business, 10/24/2002
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The Jordanian King Abdullah II yesterday in Berlin discussed with the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroueder discussed the geo- political forthcoming expected events in case an American attacks is made against Iraq. Jordan, on the other hand asked for increasing the economic aids to withstand the challenges that might be exposed on Jordan and to support the peace agreement with Israel.
Kuwaiti lawyers said that the attorney released under a guarantee some 12 suspects, many of whom after two Kuwaitis killed one American trooper and wounded another in an operation said to be carried out by al-Qaida organization.
The Ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani, will pay an official visit to Morocco this October 25-26, it was officially announced in Rabat.
The Syrian ministry of social affairs and labor yesterday issues a decision provides for an increase 20% in the wages of private sector workers including economic, social, medical, services and tourism establishments that fall under this sector.
The French defense minister Michele Alliot-Marie will start on Saturday an official visit to Saudi Arabia, which is her first since she assumed this post of office.
Works of the joint committee for cooperation in the field of electricity and energy between Libya and South Africa started yesterday in the presence of the secretary of the Libyan's people's committee for African unity, Abdul Salaam al-Tureiki, the secretary general for the coalition of the coasts and deserts states, Muhammad al-Madani al-Azhari, deputy minister for energy and minerals in south Africa and several experts and technicians representing the two countries.
Lebanon has decided to adhere to the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), ISESCO reports. The decision was made Wednesday by the Lebanese ministerial council.
Some 13 parties representing the Eritrea's parties and political movements in exile yesterday formed a united opposition front against the ruling regime in Eritrea, under the name of the Eritrea's national coalition.