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Moroccan government says no delay in communal elections
the electoral system will differ from one commune to another according to its demographic density: the proportional list voting system will be adopted for communes where the population exceeds 25,000 inhabitants and the uni-nominal voting system with the proportional majority will be used for communes whose population is less than 25,000 inhabitants
Morocco, Politics, 1/3/2003
Arab Maghreb federation discusses convening a summit
Diplomatic sources in Algeria said that the long-waited summit of the leaders of the Arab Maghreb federation is on the front list of the work agenda of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the federation's five member states meeting today in Algiers.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 1/3/2003
14 members of the Muslim brothers leaders arrested in Egypt
Egypt, Politics, 1/3/2003
Moroccan NGO sees continuation of Intifada as unique alternative to face Zionist arrogance
The association further conveys an urgent appeal issued on December 19th to the Moroccan people "from Palestinian widows, orphans, sick people, students and the unemployed who suffer from poverty and exclusion and are in need of assistance."
Morocco-Palestine, Politics, 1/3/2003
Ghoule starts in Syria an Arab tour; Turkish trade delegation to Iraq
The Turkish prime minister Abdullah Ghoule will head for Damascus tomorrow marking the beginning of an Arab tour which is his first since he assumed the Presidency of the Turkish government two months ago. The tour will also cover Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Regional-Turkey, Politics, 1/3/2003
Qaddoumi meets Palestinian officials in Damascus
The chairman of the PLO political department Farouk al-Qaddoumi yesterday in Damascus discussed with representatives for Palestinian organizations "the difficult situation in the Palestinian territories."
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 1/3/2003
Qatari businessmen prospect Moroccan market
A group of businessmen from Qatar, led by chairman of the administrative board of the Qatari real estate investments company -Sheikh Kaled Ben Thani Al-Thani, undertook from December 19 through 31 a prospecting mission in Morocco.
Qatar-Morocco, Economics, 1/3/2003
Sudanese peace talks to be resumed in Kenya this month
The Sudanese rebels announced that the peace talks with the government will be resumed in the mid of this month in Kenya, in an attempt to reach a final solution for the civil war which has been taking place in the country since 19 years.
Sudan, Politics, 1/3/2003
Moussa, Arab states deliberate rejection to striking Iraq
The secretary general of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa has renewed the deliberate rejection of the Arab League and the Arab states for any military act against Iraq. He called for reaching a peaceful solution for the Iraqi issue in the context of the international law and the UN security council resolution no 1441, and in light of Iraq's complete cooperation with the UN inspection teams.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 1/3/2003
Mubarak, Blair discuss in Sharm esh Sheikh the Iraqi crisis, the peace process
The British prime minister Tony Blair held unofficial talks with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in Sharm Esh Sheikh resort which overlooks the Red Sea that dealt with the Iraqi crisis and the Middle East peace process.
Regional-UK, Politics, 1/3/2003
British politicians and Iraq
Lord Helly has urged the British prime minister against the catastrophic consequences of attacking Iraq and called for avoiding the mistake committed by Former British Prime minister Sir Anthony Eden when he took part in the tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 1/3/2003
Arabs have the right to demand Israel join the NPT, expert
He spoke of the US use of the veto at the UN security council when resolutions relate to Israel and its nuclear establishments and activities, stressing the right of the Arab states to demanding the making of the Middle East region free from all mass destruction weapons.
Israel-Regional, Politics, 1/3/2003
Israel kills six Palestinians, demolishes16 houses; Katsav admits failure to suppress Intifada
The Israeli President Moshe Katsav has admitted the failure of the Israeli government to suppress the Palestinian Intifada. In a statement to the Israeli military radio yesterday, Katsav said that Israel has to pursue what he called a new strategy to settle this matter which he called the Israeli "left and right" had not succeeded in finding solutions for. He said that it is the right time for Israel to proceed in the rightful track.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/3/2003
Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon
The Israeli occupation forces yesterday at dawn bombarded the heights of al-Saddanah and the southern outskirts of Burket al-Naqqar in south Lebanon, using 155 mm caliber shells.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/3/2003
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The speaker of the Turkish parliament Polent Arinj has stressed that Turkey desires to maintain a peaceful solution for the Iraqi issue. He explained that the decision of the parliament regarding Iraq will be taken according o the requirements of the Turkish national interests.
An official at the Jordanian royal palace said that the British prime minister Tony Blair yesterday held a two - hour visit to Jordan where he had discussed with the Jordanian King Abdullah II on developments in the region.
Spanish authorities have turned back some 900,000 Moroccans at Melilia checkpoint (Moroccan Northern city still under Spanish rule), during 2002, "for lack of regular documents," Melilia authorities said.
The Jordanian government has increased as from this month the minimum wage in Jordan from 80 Jordanian Dinars JD to 85 JD per Month.