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France holds the key to changing the world, and give it liberty; will France act?
The French revolution inspired the world. It was a chaotic revolution from the little I understand about it. But Thomas Jefferson and others were inspired by it and its ideals. So France sent the USA a statue of liberty, and in the USA, citizens mocked such a beastly statue, which they later came to love and took as their symbol.
Regional, Analysis, 2/11/2003
UAE women surge ahead to establish their reputation in information technology
"Over the past few years we have been noticing evidence of an exciting transformation that shows women in the UAE surging forward to achieve what they want by sheer determination and strength of character," said Hussein Al Mahmoudi, Manager External Affairs, Shell Companies in Dubai and Northern Emirates
United Arab Emirates, Culture, 2/11/2003
Arab businessmen federation calls for boosting inter- Arab trade
The federation of the Arab Businessmen has called for the need of taking effective measures to facilitate operations of persons and capital, and also commodity transfer among the Arab states in order to give a strong impetus for the inter- Arab trade and joint investments as measures conducive to the establishment of the common Arab market.
Regional, Economics, 2/11/2003
Arab opposition to war against Iraq escalated
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in Rafah to the south of Gaza in solidarity with Iraq and in rejection of the war against it, calling on the Arab states to side by it and attack the American interests.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 2/11/2003
Israel sacks 50 Syrian Golaneese teachers over rejecting Israeli identity
The Israeli occupation forces have recently sacked 50 Syrian teachers because of their rejection of the Israeli identity and suspended their wages, besides refusing to compensate them for the long years of teaching -- 20 years for most of them.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 2/11/2003
Al-Shara meets with Mashaal
Syria's Foreign Minister, Farouk al-Shara yesterday in Damascus received the Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic resistance movement, HAMAS, Khaled Mashaal and the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 2/11/2003
Saudi mufti stressed Arab- Islamic solidarity in confrontating challenges
The Saudi Arabian, Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, has stressed the need of inter- Islamic solidarity to withstand challenges facing the Islamic nation. He warned against "enemy schemes" which target the Islamic states.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 2/11/2003
Moroccan and French car industry sign cooperation agreement
The Moroccan association of car industry and commerce (AMICA) and the French Federation of car distribution unions (FEDA) signed in Marrakesh on Saturday an agreement to exchange technical and marketing information.
Morocco-France, Economics, 2/11/2003
Preparations for Syrian- Egyptian higher committee
Meetings of the Syrian- Egyptian joint higher committee under the chairmanship of the prime ministers in the two states will be held on February 19 and 20 in order to increase trade exchange and economic cooperation and to eliminate obstacles deterring the implementation of signed agreements.
Syria-Egypt, Economics, 2/11/2003
Israel assassinates People's Front official
The Israeli forces assassinated yesterday at dawn an official at Abu Ali Mustafa group, the military wing of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Palestine, Military, 2/11/2003
Fashionfact: Fashion designers' promotion center set up in Morocco
A promotion center for young fashion designers will be opened next May in Marrakech in the presence of the three finalists in the 2003 Miss French-speaking Belgium contest, said in Marrakesh last week editor in chief of "fashionfact" magazine, Marc Weidmann.
Morocco, Economics, 2/11/2003
Aujourd'hui le Maroc: Morocco to launch new bid for second telephone license before end of year
Several factors make it difficult for new telecoms firms to operate in Morocco, among them the law 24-96, which bans the use of infrastructure other than the group's own, and a provision that the license might be withdrawn from a faulty contractor, the minister said, deeming it necessary that these laws be amended before liberalization.
Morocco, Economics, 2/11/2003
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Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad on Monday evening made a phone call with the Turkish Prime Minister, Abdullah Gul and discussed the results of the ongoing contacts on the Iraqi issue, the international inspectors declaration on Iraq's positive cooperation and the developments on the European arena regarding this issue.
Morocco's Minister in charge of relations with the parliament, Said Alami, discussed in Rabat yesterday with Mohammed Atiya, political adviser to the king of Bahrain, means to consolidate bilateral cooperation.
It was announced in Cairo yesterday that President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt will take part in the works of the 22nd French- African summit due to be held in Paris on February 19 through 21.
Portuguese Foreign minister, Antonio Martins Da Cruz arrived in Morocco on Sunday for a two-day work visit to the Kingdom and said his visit to the Kingdom aims to prepare for the two countries' prime ministers' meeting next May.
The Qatari al-Jazira TV station announced yesterday it was not able to cover al-Haj season for this year because it was not able receive the consent of the Saudi Arabian authorities. In a press statement chief news editor Ibrahim Hilal said "we did not get the consent to cover al-Haj rituals through we had applied for that since three months to the Saudi authorities."
The 1st meeting of security officials of the community of Sahel and Sahara countries (COMESSA) is being held in Tripoly, Libya to look into several projects related to consolidating cooperation among the COMESSA member-countries, mainly as regards exchange of scientific and training programs, coordination of activities in the control of criminality and organizing the labor markets between the countries.
Water reserves in Morocco's irrigation dams reached 7.7 billion cubic meters, i.e. 59% of their capacity, by January 31, 2003, the ministry of agriculture and rural development said in a release.
Moroccan male athlete, Younes Moudrik, ranked third in the long jump race (7,90 meters), at Chemnitz (Eastern German) indoor track and field meeting, held last Friday.