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Oman organizes first parliamentary elections by direct voting
Oman will organize the first elections of the Shoura council by direct voting on October 4th, amid expectations of an active participation of the citizens of this Gulf state.
Oman, Politics, 9/5/2003
Amr Moussa proposes mediation between Lebanon, Libya; as Libya seeks a fresh start from the past
The secretary general of the Arab League Amr Moussa announced yesterday ( that he had proposed mediation between Lebanon and Libya which closed its embassy in Beirut and evacuated its diplomats from it.
Lebanon-Libya, Politics, 9/5/2003
Russia, Saudi Arabia agrrement on oil pricing; UN role in Iraq; Abdullah: Chechenea incidents has no relevance to Islam
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz and the Russian President Vladimir Putin have crowned yesterday the historical visit made by the Saudi official to Moscow in a joint statements which renewed the intention in the two oil powers to cooperate and "coordinate in oil policy."
Saudi Arabia-Russia, Politics, 9/5/2003
Decisive meeting between Garang and Sudanese vice president
Leader of southern rebels in Sudan, John Garang, said yesterday that he will hold a meeting which he described as "important" with the first deputy of the Sudanese President Ali Othman Muhammad Taha to prevent the collapse of the peace talks between with the Sudanese government.
Sudan, Politics, 9/5/2003
Saudi Arabia: our planes will remain where they are stationed
Saudi Arabia's deputy minister of defense and aviation prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday denied the existence of any American pressure against Riyadh to withdraw scores of F-16 jets, positioned in Tabouk base in Saudi Arabia near Eilat, southern Israel.
Saudi Arabia-Israel, Politics, 9/5/2003
Honduras officially confirms suspension of recognition of Puppet sahrawi republic
The government of Honduras officially confirmed its decision to suspend the recognition of the puppet Sahrawi republic, self-proclaimed by the separatist Polisario movement in Moroccan southern provinces.
Morocco-Honduras, Politics, 9/5/2003
Al-Assad inaugurates new premises for the 5th Damascus International Fair
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad opened on Wednesday evening the 50th Damascus International Fair "the Golden Jubilee" on the new fair grounds.
Syria, Economics, 9/5/2003
Tlass outlined Syria's policy towards ME issues
Syria's Deputy General Leader of the Military and Armed Forces, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister, First Major General Mustafa Tlass has stressed that Syria, with all Arabs, strongly adheres to the peace process in the region based on UN relevant resolutions and international law.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 9/5/2003
Israeli raid annoy UNIFIL in Lebanon
The UN Interim Forces in south Lebanon (UNIFIL) said yesterday it is concerned because of the raid launched by the Israeli warplanes on Wednesday evening.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/5/2003
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Under the patronage of Syria's First Lady Asmaa Al-Assad, activities of the economic woman forum will be opened next Sunday. The three-day forum will discuss the woman's role in developing Syrian economy, safeguarding the environment and activating the Arab financial market.
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara received yesterday a phone call from the Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa.
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Jean Obeid conferred in Beirut yesterday with Russian Envoy to the Middle East Andre Vidovin on the current situations in the region. Vidovin called for putting an end to the violence in the Middle East in order to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the region.
Syria's Information Minister Adnan Omran has stressed that "Arab youth and businessmen can play a key political and informational role on the domestic and international levels in order to enable the (Arab) nation confront the current challenges."
Chairman of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce, Ratib al-Shallah received in Damascus yesterday a delegation representing Tunisian businessmen headed by the Executive Bureau Member of the Tunisian Industry and Trade Union Assad al-Baji.
Five Moroccan athletes, including 1,500m four-time world champion, Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj, will take part Friday at Brussels Van Damme Memorial Meet, the sixth and last event of the Golden League