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Jordanian elections law amended; six parliamentary seats for women
The Jordanian King Abdullah II has ratified an amended law for the elections law of the Jordanian parliament, according to which, six women members will be added to women's share in the parliament which are expected to be elected later this year.
Jordan, Politics, 2/12/2003
Okaz: Riyadh: al-Jazeera Shield will not take part in the war against Iraq
The Assistant for Saudi Arabia's minister of defense and aviation Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has stressed that al-Jazeera Shield force which is in Kuwait, which is led by Saudi Arabia will not take part in any military action against Iraq.
Saudi Arabia-Kuwait, Politics, 2/12/2003
Portugal supports Morocco's claim for above-association status with eu
Portuguese Foreign Affairs minister Antonio Manuel De Mendon¨a Da Cruz said his country supports Morocco's desire for a status that is above the association agreement with the EU.
Morocco-Portugal, Politics, 2/12/2003
National Congress, Ummah agree on elections; Sudan- Uganda to strengthen cooperation
The Sudanese ruling National Congress party and its allied Umma party led by Mubarak al-Fadel agreed to contain the crisis which erupted between them recently on the Estates legislative elections due to take place in March this year.
Sudan-Uganda, Politics, 2/12/2003
Papandreau on Saturday in Cairo to meet with his Arab peers
The Greek foreign minister Georges Papandreau whose country assumed the current rotating presidency of the European Union announced yesterday he will head for Cairo on Saturday to meet with his Arab peers upon the convening of their meeting due to be held on Sunday.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 2/12/2003
Israel:US attack on Iraq is coming; Israel and US interests in lock step
The Israeli army chief of staff Gen. Moshe Yaloun expected yesterday evening that the US will launch a military attack against Iraq "within the coming weeks," as expressed in an interview with the private Israeli TV.
Iraq-Israel, Politics, 2/12/2003
King Mohammed approves use of Tifinagh alphabet for Amazigh writing
Morocco's King Mohammed VI approved the use of "Tifinagh" alphabet for Amazigh (Berber) writing, as recommended by the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture (IRCAM), announced on Monday a communique of the Royal Cabinet.
Morocco, Politics, 2/12/2003
War against Iraq pushes Gulf citizens to seek tourism in Lebanon
Tourism industry has been witnessing great turnout in Lebanon because of the flow of the Arab Gulf citizens into Beirut in the hope of having a quiet Eid al-Adha vacation, away from the drums of war, beaten by the USA against their region.
Lebanon-Gulf, Economics, 2/12/2003
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The permanent committee on Egyptian antiquities decided in a recent meeting to organize the opening of the Nefertari tomb, only on special occasions to preserve the engravings against humidity and pollution. An official said that the committee determined the cost of opening the tomb at LE 10,000 in addition to LE 100 per individual after the secretary general's approval.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad yesterday evening received a telephone call from the French President Jacques Chirac during which talks dealt with the Iraqi issue and the French- German initiative for peacefull resolution of the Iraqi issue and enhancing the work of the UN inspectors and giving them enough time to complete their mission. It was agreed between the two presidents to continue consultation and coordination between the two sides to this effect.