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Political crisis escalate between Algeria's liberation front, Butaflika
The statement considered the behavior of Butaflika and associates to him as a "systemic and pre-fabricated conspiracy with the aim to undermine the democratic principles and the foundations of the state of law."
Algeria, Politics, 10/3/2003
Oman speaks about judicial independence, reform of United Nations
These efforts may become a cry in the wilderness that hears only its own echo, so long as member states of the United Nations, cannot count on an effective system of collective guarantees to safeguard their security.
Oman-Regional, Politics, 10/3/2003
Sudanese opposition asks for participation amid optimism in peace
Leaders of the northern opposition in Sudan have asked Sudanese Vice President Ali Othman Muhammad Taha, currently in Cairo to join the current peace talks between Khartoum and southern rebels to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in the country.
Sudan, Politics, 10/3/2003
Al-Assad discusses with Barazani consolidation of Iraq's unity, security
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has discussed the situation in Iraq with the chairman of the Iraq's Kurdistan Democratic Party Masoud al-Barazani. Talks dealt with the care to "consolidate national unity, restoring security and stability so as to ensure the restoration of normal life to Iraq," according to a official Syrian source.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 10/3/2003
CIA: No weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq
The CIA told the US Senate yesterday in a statement by David Kay about the US three month search for the alleged weapons of mass destruction that "We have not yet found stocks of weapons."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/3/2003
Asharq Al-Awsat: Sahara issue: Morocco attached to dialogue for political settlement, FM
Morocco reaffirms attachment to dialogue as a way out to the Sahara issue, said minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohammed Benaissa, insisting that any solution must cater for the kingdom's sovereignty over its southern provinces and territorial integrity.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/3/2003
Isam al-Jamal: Israel destroys every chance for peace
Deputy Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammed Isam al-Jamal said that "Israel foils all the chances for realizing peace in the region and blow up all the constituents of just and comprehensive peace asserting that the peace that Israel proposing is a fictitious one."
Syria-Israel, Politics, 10/3/2003
Sahrawi repression victims want light shed on missing persons
An association representing persons who were victims of repression in Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps launched on Thursday an urgent appeal to humanitarian organizations to help in shedding light on the whereabouts of those still missing and unaccounted for or in detention in these prisons.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 10/3/2003
Yemen brings in Imams from al-Azhar to fight Islamic extremism
Minister of religious affairs in Yemen Hammoud Abbas said yesterday that the government, in its effort to fight islamic extremism, brought in some 36 Egyptian Imams from al-Azhar to qualify its own Imams (religious clerics).
Yemen, Politics, 10/3/2003
Israel: prisoners negotiations advances with Hizbullah, Jordan
The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot said yesterday that the German mediators in the process of exchanging prisoners between Hizbullah and Israel informed Israel that the Israeli Colonel Elhinan Tenenbowm, who has been held by Hizbullah since three years was exposed to torture, noting that the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is persistent to complete the exchange process.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 10/3/2003
Report says US diplomacy in the Muslim world a failure
An October 1 report from the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World concludes that "We have failed to listen and failed to persuade."
Regional-USA, Politics, 10/3/2003
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Omans' news agency ONA said this week "The Interior Ministry in collaboration with Omantel began as from today sending short messages to electors mobile telephones via SMS service," reminding women of their rights to vote on Saturday October 4th, stressing that "participation in the election guarantees citizen's participation in the decision making and that Majlis A'Shura discusses vital issues of Internet to all citizens."
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak telephoned his Yemeni counterpart Ali Abdullah Saleh on Wednesday on the situation on the Arab arena and ongoing efforts aiming to promote joint Arab action.
Lebanese President Emil Lahoud has stressed that the current situation in the Middle East "requires us to unify and stand in one trench with Syria." During his meeting with Lebanese MPs in Beirut today, Lahoud said that the events have proved that the strategic choice which Syria and Lebanon had adopted, regarding the Arab - Israeli conflict is a proper choice.
Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee at Lebanese Parliament Ali Khalil has called for boosting the efforts of the international Parliamentary Federation to establish the Arab Common Market for the interests of Arab and world countries. He said that the Arab states have chosen the Arab Joint market as an option to confront the challenges imposed by globalization.
Syria's Prime Minister Naji Otari received in Damascus yesterday a Saudi Arabian cultural delegation participating in the activities of the Saudi Cultural Days in Damascus headed by Mohammed al-Shaddi. Talks covered the important role of culture and intellectuals in enhancing relations of cooperation among the Arab states.
The secretary general of the Arab economic unity council Ahmad Jweili has announced the start of the Arab Investment Map which includes four thousands investment projects available in fifteen Arab states.
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has stressed that strengthening the relations among Iran, Syria and Lebanon enhance the stability and security in the Middle East.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed deep disquiet today by the Government of Israel's decisions to continue construction of a separation wall on the West Bank and build 600 new houses in the area, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said.
The managing board of the Riyadh-based Arab investments company will be meeting in Casablanca this October 08, the group said in a release. The meeting, to be attended by share holding countries, will hear reports on the implementation of 39 industry, agriculture and services projects, in 14 Arab states and to which the company brings a $24 million contribution.
A group of Moroccans who fled Iraq after war broke out was repatriated to Morocco Thursday after a long stay in Jordan. The ten Moroccans, who lived in Iraq for 10 years, were forced to leave the country after the worsening of insecurity, price rise and unemployment.
Moroccan tennis player, Hicham Arazi, was ousted this Thursday at the 2nd round of the 380,000 Euro-worth Moselle Open of Metz. The Morocco 2nd seeded was beaten by Spanish David Perre (6/4, 5/7,6/0).