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On the parliamentary elections in Syria
The Syrian minister of the interior Ali Hamoud has announced that his ministry "has completed all necessary measures for the election operation due in March," while more than 10,000 candidates for the Parliamentary elections are preparing to debate their programs before the voters.
Syria, Politics, 2/14/2003
France calls for release of all Moroccan pows
France called this Thursday for the release of all Moroccan prisoners of war still held by the Algeria-backed secessionist "Polisario" movement.
Morocco-France, Politics, 2/14/2003
Iraqis in exile oppose the war
Iraqis in exile have expressed rejection to any war against Iraq and called for the establishment of a democratic regime by peaceful means. This was expressed during the general annual meeting for the Iraqi National Alliance at the end of last week in Paris.
Iraq, Politics, 2/14/2003
Contacts to convene an Islamic summit on Iraq
It was stated in the Qatari capital, Doha, that there are underway contacts among the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference with the aim to convene a special summit on Iraq, which was called for by Qatar.
Qatar-Iraq, Politics, 2/14/2003
Five point American plan to place Iraq under military rule, to satisfy Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt
The US has drawn a plan of five points aiming at ruling Iraq after the war through an American military rule supporting an Iraqi consultation council appointed by Washington, according to what was disclosed by the Canadian "Club and Mail" in a report to its correspondent in al-Sulimaneyah, which is under the control of the Kurdistani National Federation, issued on Thursday's issue.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 2/14/2003
22,000 Gulf troops to Kuwait; but will not take part in any war against Iraq
Gulf military units of the "al-Jazeera Shield " will be deployed within the two next days in Kuwait, totaled 22,000 troopers to protect it against any Iraqi attack, despite the Saudi confirmation that these forces "will not take part in any military operation against Iraq."
Saudi Arabia-Kuwait, Politics, 2/14/2003
Morocco renews need for increased cooperation to fulfill social development objectives
Morocco, speaking on behalf of the G77 group, renewed on Monday the need for increased cooperation to fulfill the social development goals as developing countries are increasingly facing shortcomings of globalization.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 2/14/2003
Barazani, Talibani open two new offices
The two rival Kurdish groups who control northern Iraq, have strengthened their interests by opening, each of them, an office in the area where the other has control.
Iraq, Politics, 2/14/2003
Western Sahara: UN envoy welcomes decision to release 100 Moroccan POWs
A top United Nations envoy for Western Sahara yesterday welcomed the announcement by the Polisario of its decision to release 100 Moroccan prisoners of war to mark the day of Eid-al-Adha.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 2/14/2003
News on Arafat's approval to appoint a prime minister; Israel arrests scores of Palestinians
Officials and diplomats have stated that the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat approved to appoint a prime minister for running the Palestinian affairs according to the "Road Map" peace plan, noting that due to the fact that other points within the peace plan are not settled yet, such an appointment will not be made soon.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/14/2003
The Golan: an explosion wounds 24 Israelis
The Israeli occupation forces announced yesterday that 24 Israeli soldiers were wounded by a bomb explosion during "training" in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 2/14/2003
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The Syrian citizens of Idleb governorate received on Wednesday their relatives who are living in Turkey to exchange felicitations on the occasion of Eid al-Adah.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to begin this weekend a two-week trip to Europe, where he will hold talks with continental leaders on several issues, including Iraq, the Middle East and Africa.
The Israeli BDA Business has stated that some 45,000 companies were closed in 2002. A figure which is considered as an increase by 33% in comparison with the number of companies closed in 2001.