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Gulf states unify customs tariff
The United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Council Cooperation (GCC) member stated have started as from yesterday, January 1st, working under a united customs tariff with the birth of the GCC customs federation which was ratified by the Doha summit in December.
Gulf, Economics, 1/2/2003
Egyptian parliament rejects attacking Iraq
The Arab affairs committee at the Egyptian parliament has stressed categorical rejection for any aggression against Iraq, warning that any military attack against Iraq will not only affect the Iraqi people, rather, its negative consequences will target the Middle east region as a whole.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 1/2/2003
Sudanese rebels accuse government of violating truce; Bashir promises a just peace
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has promised working for maintaining a peace agreement with the southern rebels movement. This agreement guarantees vast participation in decision making and sharing the authority.
Sudan, Politics, 1/2/2003
Mubarak calls for settling the Iraqi issue according to UN resolutions
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has renewed his country's total rejection to any military act against Iraq or undermining its unity and territorial integrity. He warned that any attack against Iraq will inflect losses on the region as a whole.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 1/2/2003
One Iraqi killed, two wounded in American, British bombardment of southern Iraq
An Iraqi military spokesman said that one Iraqi citizen was killed and two others wounded in American and British planes bombardment yesterday of civilian and service institutions near al-Basra in south Iraq.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/2/2003
UN weapons inspectors continue probe in Iraq
Pressing forward with their non-stop series of surprise inspections since arriving in Iraq late last year, United Nations arms experts today probed sites suspected of involvement in the country's weapons programme.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 1/2/2003
Iraqi professionals discuss the future of local government and oil
The US said: two working groups, one dealing with local government, the other with the oil and gas industry, of the Future of Iraq Project met for the first time in Washington in late December under the auspices of the State Department.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/2/2003
Yemeni president intensify efforts chasing the killers; FBI team part of the investigations
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called on the security forces to intensify efforts in chasing what he had described as terrorists and those who violate security and to bring them into justice.
Yemen, Politics, 1/2/2003
Lebanon warns against the Israeli schemes
The commander of the Lebanese army Lt. Gen. Michael Suleiman has warned against Israel's exploitation of regional developments in order to launch an aggression against Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 1/2/2003
U.S. efforts to convince Turkey regarding Iraq
The United States gave vague answers about the status of Turkey's position regarding Iraq as the US held talks to provide financial assistance to Turkey.
Turkey-USA, Politics, 1/2/2003
Sudan stops requiring exit visas
The Sudanese general department for immigration and transport as from yesterday ( January 1st ) ended exit visas for Sudanese citizens who want to leave the country through air, land and sea crossings.
Sudan, Local, 1/2/2003
The Pope expresses concern over ME conditions
Pope John Paul II yesterday expressed his concern over the tense conditions in the Middle East. He called for work in order to establish peace.
Palestine-Vatican, Politics, 1/2/2003
Israel bans Azmi Beshara from taking part in next Israeli Knesset elections
The central elections committee in Israel decided to prevent the election list of the Democratic National Coalition and its chairman, Azmi Beshara, from taking part in the next elections of the Knesset.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/2/2003
Israel marks new year by demolishing two Palestinian houses
Israel marks the new year by demolishing two Palestinian houses, incursions in the West Bank and Gaza as the year 2002 was catastrophic for the Palestinians with more than 8000 Palestinians getting detained by Israel.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/2/2003
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King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday concluded a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last for several days, during which he held talks with the UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, centered on bilateral relations and issued of mutual concern.
"More than 2000 Turkish people swept into the streets of istanbul on sunday in protest against the US threats against iraq, and set fire on US and British as well as Israel flags, raising posters condemning the US threats of war on Iraq, calling upon the Turkish government not to be a mercenary state to the US and its expansionist designs," INA reported yesterday.
Kuwait's first deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has expressed his hope that a military confrontation will not take place between the USA and Iraq.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has stated "my recommendations for the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is to stop attempts to provoke people against their governments because this attitude did not work in 1990 and will not also work this time."
The Arab League has denied news rumored on a mediation held by its secretary general Amr Moussa in collaboration with Arab foreign ministers in order to convince the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to quit the authority.
Israel, the USA and Turkey started joint air and naval maneuvers yesterday off the Israeli coasts. The Israeli radio said that these maneuvers are the fifth of its kind and include training on rescue operations in the sea as well as coordination among the military leaderships in the three countries.