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The US and Iraq; democracy and authoritarianism
The US has the world's attention. Here is a chance for America to show how strongly it believes in democratic values and processes. It can choose a democratic or authoritarian way of dealing with international problems. The world is watching.
Iraq-USA, Analysis, 2/3/2003
Al-Assad receives Papandreou: UN is only avenue for dealing with Iraq
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received in Damascus on Sunday, the Greek Foreign Minister, Chairman of the European Council of Ministers, George Papandreou and an accompanying delegation.
Syria-European Union, Politics, 2/3/2003
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Sudanese negotiators search for a new mechanism to monitor truce
Sudanese peace negotiations started between the Sudanese government and the rebels chaired by John Garang in peaceful atmosphere for the first time since several days following accusation of violating a fragile truce.
Sudan, Politics, 2/3/2003
Athens conference on 'Europe, the Mediterranean and the Euro' opens today
The conference's first session will be under the title " Overview of EU-Mediterranean and Gulf relations; has the EURO benefited Europe's southern neighbors? And the implications of an enlarged EU."
Regional-European Union, Economics, 2/3/2003
Israel demolishes 20 Palestinian homes in Hebron area
A Palestinian woman returning home from hospital was wounded yesterday when Israeli troops enforcing the curfew shot at the taxi she was in, witnesses said.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 2/3/2003
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Under the patronage of Syria's First Lady, Asmaa Al-Assad, Arab Woman Day was celebrated in Damascus yesterday evening with the participation of the First Ladies: Jordan's Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Bahrain's Sheikh Sabika Binibrahim Al-Khaliffa, Egypt's Suzan Mubarak, Sudan's Fatimal Al-Bashir, and Lebanon's Andree Lahoud, as well as Amr Moussa, the Arab League Secretary General and his wife.
The Lebanese foreign minister Mahmoud Hammoud has completed his consultations with his Arab counterparts to discuss the possibility of convening a special conference for the Arab foreign ministers on the Iraqi issue. An initial date for the meeting was set February 9 or 14.
On holding an early Arab summit, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Egypt is for this idea if other Arab states see it necessary, noting that discussions were under way.
Egyptian officials started Sunday the fourth session of talks on hammering out an agreement on establishing a Free-Trade Zone between Egypt and the member states of the Arab Free Trade Area.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received at the Damascus on Sunday morning a delegation of Franciscan archbishops that the sufferings and difficulties facing Christians in the occupied territories due to the Israeli practices which prevent them from performing their religious duties.
Jordanian Minister of Transport,Tourism and Ruins, Nader al-Zahabi and an accompanying delegation arrived yesterday at al-Nousaib border point at the Syrian-Jordanian borders to attend the Fifth Meeting of Ministers of Transport of Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon scheduled to be held in Damascus today on transport through the ports of the three countries, and a unified traffic ticket within the three states.
Doha, Qatar, tomorrow will host the third ministerial session of the natural gas exporting countries' forum.
Egypt plans to expand the production and exports of fertilizers and is considering setting up the first company with the private sector to produce fertilizers at Beni Suef, Upper Egypt, with the use of natural gas.