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Some 287 Syrians send petition to al-Assad: A call to convene a national conference to withstand changes
Some 287 Syrians representing intellectuals, political activists, lawyers, engineers and others extended a petition to President Bashar al-Assad sent by registered mail in Damascus on May 17, in which they called for a "comprehensive national reform"
Syria, Politics, 6/3/2003
New laws to fight corruption called for
Corruption is an insidious phenomenon that needs updated laws likely to uproot its causes, the Moroccan economic affairs and economy upgrading minister said.
Morocco, Politics, 6/3/2003
Arab- American summit held in Sharm Esh Sheikh today
The Arab- American summit will be held today at Sharm Esh Sheikh resort on the Red Sea in the presence of 6 Arab states. Beside USA President George Bush, the summit will be attended by five Arab leaders: President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Jordanian King Abdullah II, The King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas. However, the Moroccan Monarch will be absent.
Regional-USA, Politics, 6/3/2003
Newspapr editor Mustafa Bakri detained
The Egyptian security forces yesterday arrested the chief editor of the Egyptian weekly al-Osbo' Mustafa Bakri and his brother Mahmoud Bakri, the deputy chief editor in order to implement an imprisonment sentence for one year that was issued against him in 1998 in a case of defaming the chairman of al-Adalah ( justice) party.
Egypt, Politics, 6/3/2003
Gender and development: A bid to encourage and enable gender- responsive program development
Gender issues have for long been given top priority as a heated debate with efforts concentrated to explain its various concepts regarding gender roles; gender training, gender equality and gender planning. Highlighting this issue on the need to increase the capacity for the integrated efforts of both man and woman for developmental partnership. UNICEF's Damascus office has organized 3 workshops to Gender sensitize the officers from various walks of life and to provide knowledge on gender mainstreaming
Syria-Regional, Culture, 6/3/2003
Moroccan women parliamentary delegation visits Germany
A Delegation of Moroccan women parliament members started on Sunday a work visit to Germany for meetings with several German officials and MPs.
Morocco-Germany, Politics, 6/3/2003
AL Ahram: Bush administration supports Sudan's integrity but not willing to enforce it
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail praised Cairo Khartoum eternal relations, asserting that the current integration will not start from zero point but it will add to the previous built achievements.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 6/3/2003
Jack Straw rejects investigation into mass destruction weapons claims against Iraq
The British foreign minister Jack Straw rejected yesterday the idea of having an independent investigation on the reality of having mass destruction weapons in Iraq, as demanded by two former British ministers, at a time when a published opinion poll indicates that a great percentage of British citizens have become skeptical over the existence of such weapons in Iraq.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 6/3/2003
Israel tighten siege measures, hold hundreds of people at check points
The Israeli occupation forces yesterday tightened the siege imposed on the cities and towns of the West Bank and Gaza and intensified its measures on check points which cut and divide the Palestinian areas, in contradiction to reports already published on alleviating siege measures and providing facilitation to the Palestinians.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 6/3/2003
French-Spanish group buys 80% of Morocco's tobacco company
The bid made by "Altadis," a leading European tobacco manufacturer and selle
Morocco-France, Business, 6/3/2003
European film days in Damascus
The Syrian National film Organization, of the Syrian ministry of culture in cooperation with the Greek Presidency of the EU opened on June 2nd "the European Film Days in Damascus."
Syria, Culture, 6/3/2003
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Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad received on Monday United Arab Emirates Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. Talks dealt with bilateral relations between the two states.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker, Nabih Berri, and the Arab League Secretary General, Amr Moussa, reviewed in Beirut on Monday the latest developments on the Arab arena.
Deliberations of the 77th session of the Arab Economic Unity Council, on the level of the council members permanent representatives, started in Cairo on Monday.
Heads of Arab parliamentary delegations yesterday evening held a preliminary meeting for the session of the Arab Parliamentary Union which will start today in Beirut. During this session, the speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri was elected as the chairman of the Arab parliamentary Union. This was after Berri was nominated by heads of the attending delegations.
Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water, Ayoub Hamid, has stressed Syrian and Lebanese commitment to the firm principled stance for realizing just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East in accordance with the internationa resolutions, Madrid terms of reference and land for peace formula.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday received a message from Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah pertaining to bilateral relations between the two states.
Some 35 persons of armed looting and rebel gangs and 12 shepherds were killed in clashes that erupted between them in Mardeeb area to the north of al-Jneina city, the capital of West Darfour province, which adjoins Chad's borders.