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Sheikh Zayed ratifies border agreement with Oman
United Arab Emirates's President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday in Abu Dhabi ratified the border agreement between his country and Oman.
United Arab Emirates-Oman, Politics, 1/28/2003
Mrs Mubarak opens new projects symbolising gov't pledge to enhance women's status
The Cairo-based projects include a computerised documentation and information centre, a training center for female owners of small businesses
Egypt, Culture, 1/28/2003
IAEA chief: no evidence of revived Iraqi nuclear arms program
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has so far found no evidence that Iraq has revived the nuclear weapons programme it had eliminated in the 1990s, the head of the UN agency told the Security Council yesterday, while stressing that more time was needed for a conclusive assessment.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 1/28/2003
Rally in Rabat calls Arab-Islamic countries to adopt firm stand on Iraq issue
A rally, held in Rabat Sunday by the Moroccan committee of support to the Iraqi people, called Arab and Islamic countries to be firm in the face of the war threats laid against Iraq by the USA and its ally, Great Britain.
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 1/28/2003
Iraq cooperating but needs to do more on 'substance,' Blix tells Security Council
While Iraq has cooperated in allowing United Nations inspectors into various sites, the top UN arms expert, Hans Blix, told the Security Council yesterday that Baghdad should be more forthcoming with information and allow greater access to key personnel with knowledge of the country's weapons programmes.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 1/28/2003
Al-Assad gets messages from King Abdullah, President Saleh
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad yesterday received two messages from the Jordanian King Abdullah and from the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh relating to current developments and bilateral relations.
Syria-Yemen, Politics, 1/28/2003
Sabri calls on Blix, al-Baradi to be fair, accuses the US and Britain
The Iraqi foreign minister Naji Sabri yesterday called on the two directors of the UN inspection teams Hans Blix and Muhammad al-Barade' to be fair in their report which they submitted later in the day to the UN Security Council.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 1/28/2003
UMA needs immune, open public opinion, Moroccan official says
The Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) needs an "immune and open" public opinion, and "enthusiastic and cultured" youth aspiring to participate to running public affairs, said Morocco's Communication minister and Spokesman of the government.
Morocco, Politics, 1/28/2003
Cairo dialogue to be resumed; A unified leadership of 12 Palestinian factions to run the conflict
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 1/28/2003
Violent fighting in southern Sudan
The Sudanese rebels announced yesterday that government forces took over Leir town after the eruption of fighting in what is considered as a violation to the truce agreement reached by representatives for the warring factions currently in Kenya to hold peace talks.
Sudan, Politics, 1/28/2003
Israeli forces tighten besiege measures, blow up Palestinian houses
Following the Israeli killings of Palestinians in Gaza, the Israeli forces yesterday continued its campaign of arrest all over the occupied Palestinian territories and all Palestinian villages and cities, just two days before the Israeli elections, have come under a military siege, a curfew, while Israeli army units started the building of a cement wall in parallel to the lands of the West Bank near Jalbou at a length of 45 Km in order to isolate them from the territories of 1948.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/28/2003
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Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal starts today a visit to Paris for one day during which he will hold talks with the French officials relating to the efforts made for finding out a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Riyadh yesterday called for "giving diplomacy enough time to solve the Iraqi crisis," warning against the negative impact of a likely attack against Iraq on the region as a whole. Mubarak arrived in Riyadh on Monday coming from Kuwait in the framework of his Arab tour which included the UAE.
Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah yesterday received a message from Mauritania's President Mu'aweya Wild Taye' relating to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields.
King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, yesterday held talks with the deputy commander general of the American central forces and coordinator of the US war preperations against Iraq. US Gen. John Abi Zaid, currently visiting Bahrain, dealt with cooperation relations between Manama and Washington in various fields.
Moroccan minister of Habous (Islamic endowments) and Islamic affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, visited over the week end residence sites where Moroccan pilgrims are accommodated. He also inquired about administrative and medical services extended to the Moroccans who are performing the Haj (pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia.
Egypt is an example for the world through the steps taken in the initiative of educating girls with the participation of 17 ministers as executive sides in cooperation with non Governmental Organisations, said UNICEF representative in Cairo.
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir received a message from Chad's President Idris Dibbi relating to bilateral relations conveyed by Chad's prime minister Haroun kabadi on Sunday evening. The meeting dealt with economic, political, trade and transport cooperation.
Libya and the Republic of Kazakhstan on Sunday in Tripoli signed the minutes of meeting on bilateral cooperation in all fields especially on the economic area.
Spanish Foreign Affairs minister, Ana Palacio, on Monday voiced "confidence" as to a return "shortly" of Moroccan and Spanish ambassadors to their respective posts in Madrid and Rabat.
The United Nations Security Council, which was briefed yesterday by the chief UN weapons inspectors on their work in Iraq over the past two months, will consult on the matter again on Wednesday, the Council President said on Monday.
The Turkish daily Radical has stated that the Turkish military preparations along the borders with Iraq have been increasing on a daily basis, noting that the Turkish armed forces have installed a moving bridge on Hazeel bridge along the borders with Iraq.