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Morocco may follow others using terrorism as excuse to diminish human rights
Morocco's human rights minister, Mohamed Aujjar, denied in Rabat on Wednesday alleged cases of abduction in Morocco.
Morocco, Politics, 1/10/2003
UN inspectors: No smoking gun regarding Iraqi weapons
The top United Nations weapons inspectors yesterday said there were still many unanswered questions in Iraq's arms declaration although investigations on the ground so far have not uncovered any "smoking guns."
Iraq, Politics, 1/10/2003
Constructive meeting on the missing between Kuwait and Iraq
Representatives from Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia held talks described as "very positive and constructive" face to face in Amman for the first time since 4 years during which they discussed the fate of hundreds of missing in the Gulf war
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 1/10/2003
Egypt: defeat for Muslim Brothers candidate in partial elections
News reports in Cairo said yesterday that a candidate for the Ikhwan al-Muslimin (Muslims Brothers) was defeated in partial elections in Damanhour to the North of Egypt before the candidate for the new liberal opposition al-Wafd party.
Egypt, Politics, 1/10/2003
Syrian oil company joins Russian companies in developing the Iraqi al- Qurneh oil fields
The Syrian al-Bayan oil company has expressed readiness to join Russian companies that develop the Iraqi oil fields in al- Qurneh after this contract was withdrawn from the Giant Russian "Look Oil."
Syria-Iraq, Economics, 1/10/2003
UN brings back Syrian prisoner and the killed citizen
The Israeli army yesterday returned back the body of a Syrian citizen and another Syrian who was arrested in an aggression carried out by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights on Wednesday. Israel justified its attack by saying that it suspected a Syrian sneaking operation but later on it gave another story.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 1/10/2003
Lahoud: Lebanon is persistent to restore back rights to Shebaa farms
The Lebanese President Emil Lahoud yesterday discussed with the personal envoy of the UN secretary general to south Lebanon Steven De Mistora the increasing Israeli violations of the Lebanese sovereignty.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 1/10/2003
Maher confers with Sharon's advisor
The advisor of the Israeli Prime minister Ariel Sharon for the national security affairs Afraem Halevey held "unique" talks on Wednesday in Cairo with the Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher on means of reviving the Palestinian- Israeli peace efforts. But the two failed to maintain an agreement on means of dealing with the situation.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 1/10/2003
Morocco says it is ready to listen to U.N. envoy's proposals on Sahara
Morocco on Thursday said it is ready to listen to all the proposals that will be made by James Baker, Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General, who will start a North African tour next week.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 1/10/2003
Yemen prepares large scale plan for fighting violence, terrorism
A Yemeni official source said that the authorities are studying a large- scale plan to fight what he called terrorism, following the increase of acts of violence in the country.
Yemen, Politics, 1/10/2003
An Arab anti- normalization conference in Damascus
The general secretariat of the Arab parties which takes Amman as a headquarters decided to convene a people's conference for boycotting Israel in Damascus on January 25th, with the participation of Arab commissions, and committees concerned with following up normalization.
Regional-Israel, Economics, 1/10/2003
Arab Students Federation Conference opens in Damascus
He indicated that "continuation of the Israeli aggressive campaign, allegations and threats against Syria express the aggressive principled policy in the Zionist method against Syria's steadfastness and her commitment to the Arab rights, and crystallize failure of Sharon's policy to cover his crimes and massacres."
Regional-Syria, Politics, 1/10/2003
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Iran is expected to have during the few coming days an active diplomatic movement, embodied in particular by the visit of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and another visit by the Turkish prime minister Abdullah Gul, in the context of the efforts made to a solution to the Iraqi crisis. No announcement was made in Damascus about al-Assad's visit to Tehran next week.
A source close to the Egyptian Presidency said that President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to discuss the Iraqi crisis and the situation in the Palestinian territories. The Egyptian al-Ihram al-Masa'e ( Evening Ihram) said that Mubarak's visit falls in the framework of the efforts he makes to "avoid the dangers facing the Arab world" as a result of the Iraqi crisis or the Palestinian issue.
Syria's Minister of Justice, Mohammed Nabil al-Khatib and an accompanying delegation arrived in Riyadh yesterday in a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to talk with his Saudi counterpart Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al -Sheikh on ways of boosting cooperation between the two ministries.
Syria and Morocco signed yesterday the two executive programs for scientific and technical cooperation agreements between the two states in fields of agriculture and animal health.
The Director of the US James Baker Institute for General Policies and the former U.S Ambassador to Damascus, Edward Djerjian has underlined the importance of Syrian-American dialogue, and pointed out that the Syrian stand calling for the necessity of resuming the negotiations on the Syrian-Israeli track, from the point where they were halted, represents an important issue to the US. administration.