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Gulf secretary general: Customs federation in force today
As from today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will achieve a qualitative step towards a customs union and its related agreement, in implementation of the resolutions of the 23rd summit which was held in Doha on December 20 and 21, 2002 in Doha.
Gulf, Economics, 1/1/2003
Iraq invites top UN inspector for talks
As inspections continued on the ground in Iraq, the United Nations Tuesday confirmed that Baghdad has invited the chief UN arms expert for further discussions on the international probe into the country's weapons program.
Iraq, Politics, 1/1/2003
Yemen: Questioning killers of American doctor; government accuses opposition of collaborating with al-Qaida
The Yemeni government has warned certain political parties and forces and social figures of their continued provided support for the "wanted terrorist elements" over committing destruction and terrorist acts targeted against national interests and citizens of foreign states.
Yemen, Politics, 1/1/2003
Syria's vice president, deputy premier confer with al-Qaddoumi
Syria's Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam received yesterday PLO Political Department Chief Farouk Qaddoumi.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 1/1/2003
Moroccan NGOs to stage protest march against military strike in iraq
Soufiani reiterated his call for the boycott of American and British products
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 1/1/2003
Sudanese president receives Syrian party official
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir received in Khartoum yesterday Secretary General Assistant of Al Baath Socialist Party, Abdullah Al- Ahmar, and an accompanying delegation.
Sudan-Syria, Politics, 1/1/2003
Egypt gives priority to relations with Sudan
Egypt is closely following up the developments in Sudan and supports efforts to achieve peace and stability for the Sudanese people in a united Sudan, where all citizens enjoy equal rights, Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher told a gathering
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 1/1/2003
Moussa: the Israeli peace camp has started to move
The Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher said yesterday that "the peace camp in Israel has started to move."
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 1/1/2003
Daily News: Ankara, Washington and the Kurds establish joint committee
The leader of the Kurdistani National Federation has unveiled that Turkish officials agreed to found a joint committee with the Iraqi Kurds and the USA to coordinate policies in case a Gulf war erupts in the region.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 1/1/2003
Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, one under bombardemnt
we asked about the reason for kidnapping they said he will be questioned and returned back." Al-Rahabi added "we followed the soldiers walking to the "industrial area" where the Israelis used to take Palestinians and found Omran dead with bleeding from his head, nose and back.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/1/2003
Moroccan-Senegalese airliner, great success of Rabat-Dakar cooperation
President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal on Tuesday lauded the Moroccan-Senegalese air company "Air Senegal International" as "the greatest success of our cooperation with Morocco."
Morocco-Senegal, Business, 1/1/2003
US started evacuating its citizens from Jableh, Yemen
The US started yesterday evacuation of its citizens from Jableh, 170 Km to the south of Sanaa which witnessed last Monday the assassination of three American doctors, according to the American embassy in Sanaa.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 1/1/2003
Copts' celebration of birth of Jesus Christ
All Coptic feasts come after a period of fasting. A Coptic fasting means going without food completely for a part of the day, according to one's strength.
Egypt, Religion, 1/1/2003
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri on the current contacts and consultation on the Arab arena in addition to issues of mutual concern.
Pakistan's prime minister Neir Zafrullah Jamali arrived yesterday in Riyadh in an official visit to Saudi Arabia which is the first since he assumed power in his country. The visit will last for four days.
Morocco will attend a meeting of the foreign affairs ministers of member countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), to open Friday in Algiers. The meeting will be preceded by that of the Maghreban follow-up commission at the level of Secretaries of State.
The secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan has stressed he sees no justification for launching a war against Iraq in light of Baghdad's cooperation with the UN weapons inspectors saying that the US has to wait until the issuance of the report of the UN inspectors before carrying out any military operation against Iraq.
The secretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Mutarraf Siddiq has described the non- official talks held in Washington between the two delegations of the Sudanese government and the rebels movement as positive and having met set objectives for all sides represented in the government, the rebels movement and the US administration. Saddiq said that during the talks points of agreements and disagreements between the two sides were set with the attempt to bridge the differences in other points.
The Saudi deputy minister of defense Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz discussed yesterday with an American delegation led by Allen Boucher, member of the services committee in the US Congress, according to the Saudi news agency.
The governor of Amman, Jordan, has warned Jordanian vocational trade unions from convening any meeting or organizing political activities under the two names of the trade unions council and the anti- normalization committee.
Means to upgrade cooperation between Morocco and Ghana in fisheries topped talks held in Rabat Monday by Moroccan Fisheries Minister, Tayeb Rhaffes and Ghana's ambassador to Morocco, Kobina Annan. Morocco handed on the occasion to Ghana a draft fisheries cooperation accord providing for a bilateral partnership in matters of maritime vocational training, scientific and technical research as well as the promotion of sea products processing.
The Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has invited the Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Israel. He praised Putin's position concerning what he called "the extremist Islamic terrorism" and the "friendship he ( Putin ) shows towards the Israeli people." This was expressed in a telephone call Sharon made with the Russian President on the occasion of the new year.