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Woman MP chairs parliament session for first time in Morocco
Second deputy-speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Fatna El Kihel (from the Popular group), chaired on Wednesday a session of the House of Representatives, (the parliament's lower chamber), in the first time in Morocco that a woman is chairing a parliament's session.
Morocco, Politics, 10/30/2003
UN official criticizes conditions of freedom in the Arab states
The UN assistant secretary general and director of the Arab office of the UNDP Rima Khalaf has criticized the conditions of freedom in the Arab states.
Regional-UN, Politics, 10/30/2003
Algerian women want change to family law
Women's rights defense societies in Algeria consider that revision of the family law which portrays woman as "immature for life" is not enough and are demanding its abolition.
Algeria, Politics, 10/30/2003
Libyan- Egyptian summit in Tripoli; Mubarak: Violence will increase in Iraq
A Libyan- Egyptian summit was held yesterday in Tripoli which was visited by the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who expected before his arrival in Tripoli an increase of violence on the Iraqi arena, calling on Israel to work for peace "because one hand can not applaud alone."
Libya-Egypt, Politics, 10/30/2003
Khartoum resumes negotiations with Darfour rebels
Sources said that a Sudanese governmental delegation started negotiations on Tuesday in Chad with rebels of the Sudan's liberation movement in Darfour area to the west of Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 10/30/2003
Al-Assad meets Sudanese delegation
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad receiveda delegation representing the coordinating council of the southern states in Sudan headed by Chairman of the Council Riak Cook on bilateral relations and regarding the ongoing negotiations for a peace in south of Sudan.
Syria-Sudan, Politics, 10/30/2003
Syrian official stresses deep relation with Iraq; condemns attack on Red Cross
Syria has stressed that the visits of the delegations representing the Iraqi national parties to Syria reflect the deep-rooted relations in the joint history of Syria and Iraq which can not be ignored.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 10/30/2003
Samaha underlined the importance of Syrian- Lebanese ties
Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha has stressed the importance of the integration between Syria and Lebanon in confrontation of the Israeli occupation of Lebanese lands.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 10/30/2003
Hawadeth: Syrian- Kuwaiti relations underlined
Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah underlined importance of relations between his country and Syria.
Kuwait-Syria, Politics, 10/30/2003
Al-Shara gets phone call from al-Faisal, Gul, Kharazi
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Wednesday received a phone call from his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal during which they had consultations on latest developments in the region.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 10/30/2003
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki: USFP Leader, Youssoufi, resigns from party and politics
Leader of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP/in government) and former prime minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, resigned from his party and from political life.
Morocco, Politics, 10/30/2003
Morocco seeks end of Sahara conflict through political solution, sahrawi dignitary
Morocco wants to bring the Sahara conflict to a halt and is attached to a political and peaceful solution to the issue, a Sahrawi dignitary who was part of a delegation of heads of Sahrawi tribes that visited Mexico recently, told Mexican press agency "Notimex."
Morocco-Mexico, Politics, 10/30/2003
Security Council extends UN Sahara Mission term for three months
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Tuesday Resolution 1513 that extends by another three months the MINURSO term (French acronym for the UN mission in the Sahara), that is until 31 January 2004.
Morocco-UN, Politics, 10/30/2003
New York Times: Israel's top military man criticizes Israeli policy against Palestinians
The New York Times reported yesterday that "Israel's top-ranking soldier said that current hard-line policies against the Palestinians were working against Israel's'strategic interest' and had contributed to the downfall of the previous Palestinian prime minister, Israeli news organizations reported on Wednesday."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/30/2003
One Palestinian killed; Qrei assigned to form new cabinet
The Israeli occupation forces killed one Palestinian and arrested another after he war injured in a fire exchange near Carni crossing to the east of Gaza.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/30/2003
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The British Member of Parliament, George Galloway, who is very critical of UK policies on Iraq "warned against the policies of the American president and the British prime minister throughout the world as a whole," JANA reported yesterday.
Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi stressed yesterday following his talks with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that Libya is insistent on pulling out from the Arab League.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak said yesterday that he urged amending the Arab League Charter, noting that Egypt prepared a draft charter and distributed it to all the Arab states and the League.
The 44th urgent session of the Arab Parliamentary Union Council will be held in Damascus on the 2nd of November 2003. The session which will be held under the motto of "The Arab Homeland is Syria" will deal with the Israeli aggression on the Syrian lands, the threats directed against Syria and the so-called Syria Accountability Act.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday a delegation representing the Chinese Communist Party headed by Member of the Standing Committee of the Party's Political Bureau, Wo Quan Ching.
Syria's Prime Minister, Naji Otri received in Damascus yesterday a delegation representing the Chinese Communist Party headed by Member of the Standing Committee of the Party's Political Bureau, Wo Quan Ching on relations of cooperation between Syria and China and means of boosting them through increasing commercial exchange, economic fairs, expanding the role of businessmen and investors and developing the industrial sectors.
Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque and renowned Egyptian religious scholar, Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, will deliver on Wednesday the second Ramadan religious lecture, in the presence of King Mohammed VI.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri briefed in Beirut on Wednesday Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on the outcome of his recent talks held in Damascus and on the understanding memo cosigned between Syrian and Lebanese Parliaments.
Indonesia called on Al-Azhar to increase the number of scholarships and training courses offered for Indonesian students to study Islamic sciences at Al Azhar University and institutes at the expense of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Foreign ministers of the "5"5 dialogue" countries (five southern and five northern Mediterranean countries) are meeting October 29-30 in Saint-Symphorien, France, French diplomatic sources said.