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Djibouti President party wins legislative elections
The "federation for the Presidential Majority" which supports President Ismael Omar Jelle has won the legislative elections which took place in Djibouti on Friday, January 10. It was the first multilateral elections since the independence of the country in 1977.
Djibouti, Politics, 1/13/2003
Qathafi wants US compensation for killing his daughter, same as Lockerbie
Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi has expressed his hope to settle the Lockerbie issue. He added that his country is ready to pay the necessary compensation but not alone, noting the possibility that Libya and the USA will contribute to a compensation fund.
Libya-USA, Politics, 1/13/2003
Rebels attack Sudanese army as Ethiopia and Yemen FMs meet
The foreign ministers of Sudan, Ethiopia and Yemen on Saturday started two-day meetings on the situation in the African horn which suffers wars, according to the Sudanese foreign ministry.
Sudan, Politics, 1/13/2003
Okaz: Saudi defense official denies state of alert in the armed forces
The Saudi deputy minister of defense and aviation prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has denied the existence of unfamiliar moves or a state of alert in the lines of the Saudi armed forces on the ground of an eminent war against Iraq.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 1/13/2003
Syria, China for boosting trade Exchange relations
A meeting between Syrian businessmen delegation headed by Ratib Al-Shallah, head of Damascus Chamber of Commerce, and Chinese delegation headed by Wan Jifi, Head of the Chinese Council for development of Foreign Trade, took place yesterday in Damascus. Shallah stressed the importance of boosting cooperation in various economic fields, activating the signed agreements
Syria-China, Economics, 1/13/2003
UN nuclear and chemical warfare experts team up to probe Iraqi facility
A separate missile team went to Al Mutaseem, 90 kilometres south of Baghdad, to observe another static test, this time of an Al Uboor motor, which Ueki called "a solid propellant motor that Iraq plans to use in a ground-to-air missile system."
Iraq, Politics, 1/13/2003
Germany: Washington, Sanaa request extraditing arrested Yemenis
A state of security alert was announced yesterday in Germany against likely terrorist attacks following the arrest of two Yemenis, one of them suspected to have had a major role in the attack against the US warship "USS Cole." The two men were held in a strongly guarded jail.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 1/13/2003
Morocco marks independence manifesto anniversary
The new reality was faced with an intensified repression by the colonial powers, a repression that peaked with the exile of the Late King Mohammed V and the Royal Family. The move only ignited more the anger of Moroccans, who expressed their rejection of the occupiers' schemes with more resistance
Morocco, History, 1/13/2003
Israeli forces kill seven Palestinians, scores wounded, escalated threats
Detailed news reports said that two Palestinians were shot and another was wounded as a result of the Israeli helicopter bombardment of a Palestinian sedan car in the city of Khan Younis.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/13/2003
Al-Anbaa: Two American soldiers wounded in Kuwait
Kuwait-USA, Politics, 1/13/2003
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Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad who received Saturday a delegation representing the Arab Students Union asserted that US bias to Israel encourages its aggression against the Arabs pointing out the importance of an Arab actual action because the majority in Israel don't want peace, adding that peace wouldn't be realized unless it is just and comprehensive and that Arabs and Syria have no conditions except the implementation of UN and Security Council resolutions.
Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher on Saturday in a phone call he made with his Saudi counterpart prince Saud al-Faisal discussed the developments of the Iraqi issue in light of the full cooperation made by the Iraqi government with Iraq and the tense conditions in the occupied territories.
The London- based al-Sharq al-Awsat daily said Saturday that the forthcoming visit to be held by the Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam to Moscow aims at preparing for the forthcoming visit by President Bashar al-Assad, at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali opens today in Tunisia the meeting of the Arab ministers of the interior which lasts three days during which 25 issues will be discussed especially the draft Arab agreement to fighting corruption and money laundry, and other legislative measures. The Arab ministers of information and the interior will hold their first joint conference on Wednesday.
Experts from Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan met Friday in Amman to draft the final version of a free trade accord that will bind the four Arab states. Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan signed in May 2001 the Agadir Declaration which commitment to the establishment of a free trade area, open onto other Arab states.
The Palestinian Liberation Front denounced the campaign launched by the US against its secretary general Muhammad Abbas ( Abu al-Abbas), and in requesting Egypt to provide information about him. The Palestinian front said that the US aim is to "divert the attention from the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and the preparations to attack Iraq."
The Iranian foreign minister Kamal Kharazi and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah yesterday in Tehran discussed the the Iraqi crisis, and means of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries especially in the economic, industrial, technological and scientific fields.
Kuwait's minister of defense, Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, said that British forces will arrive in Kuwait next week within the course of preparations to withstand developments in the region.