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Qathafi to officials: you have corrupted the revolution; and are not listening and doing the citizens' will
We have discovered that they are banned and prevented from laying down internal and external policies of the Jamahiriya for which they are responsible and are requested to lay down
Libya, Politics, 12/15/2003
Oman and Yemen sign sea border agreement
"The Sultanate and Yemen signed at the Foreign Ministry today the Sea Border agreement during the meetings of the joint political committee," Oman's news agency ONA reported yesterday.
Oman-Yemen, Politics, 12/15/2003
Bahraini parliamentarians intend to propose law for licensing political parties
First Deputy of Bahrain's Parliament Speaker, Abdul-Hadi Ahmad Marhoum, said that the bloc of the democratic nationalist parliamentarians which includes him together with the two parliamentarians Abdul Nabi Salman and Youssef Zeinal will propose a draft bill for permiting the foundation of political parties in Bahrain.
Bahrain, Politics, 12/15/2003
Attajdid: Algeria Islamist leader calls Sahara issue artificial
Leader of the Algerian outlawed party, Islamic Salvation Front, Abbasi Madani, said the Sahara issue is an "artificial" one that is part of a colonial plan whose seeds were sown by western colonialists.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 12/15/2003
Al-Assad interview to Greek TV address host of regional issues
If you like to draw a map of a certain road, then the road should be there in the first place; otherwise the map will be an illusory one." "This is one of the problems that we suffer from in the Middle East, particularly after the beginning of the peace process. Moving from one illusive initiative to another illusive initiative, causing frustration, obstacles, and difficulties; and these produce further complications and difficulties," the president said.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 12/15/2003
Arabs invest about $ 800 million abroad and $ 10 million in Arab states
Arab capital-holders usually entrust their money to brokerage companies in London, Geneva or New York, he explained, adding that the Arab mentality is a merchant's mentality, not one of entrepreneurs.
Regional, Economics, 12/15/2003
Invitation for Mubarak to visit Iran Khatami: there are still differences
The Iranian President Muhammad Khatami said that there are still differences between Egypt and Iran despite the summit meeting they held in Geneva last week. This is at a time Tehran had extended two invitations for Mubarak to visit it by the beginning of 2004.
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 12/15/2003
King Mohammed chairs ministers' council on family code reform
At the end of the meeting, Hassan Aourid, spokesman of the Royal Palace, said the sovereign recalled at the Council the importance of the amendments of the family code stressing that it will consolidate law, improve women conditions and establish an egalitarian and fair society.
Morocco, Politics, 12/15/2003
Launching of report: the state of the world's Children 2004
A celebration was held on December, 13, at the Damascus Meridian hotel marking the launch of the State of the World's Children 2004 with "Girls Education and development" as the main theme of this year.
Regional, Culture, 12/15/2003
American forces shave the beard of Saddam Hussein
The American forces yesterday displayed a video tape depicting the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein after his capture near his birthplace in Tikrit. A matter which put an end to a search campaign that had lasted more than 8 months.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 12/15/2003
Arab states possess 65 % of world oil reserves
The Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nueimi in his capacity as Chairman of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) spoke about the Arab states' oil wealth and its important contribution to the global oil industry.
Regional, Economics, 12/15/2003
Russian official for M.E. just and comprehensive peace
Former Chairman of Russian Academy for Political Sciences, Oleg Peiryskin, called Sunday for the implementation of the international resolutions stipulating the Israeli complete withdrawal from all occupied Arab lands to the line of June 4, 1967, in order to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Regional-Russia, Politics, 12/15/2003
Syrian citizens of Golan renew rejection of Israeli law
Syrian citizens in the occupied Golan reiterated absolute rejection to extend the so-called "Israeli law" to cover the occupied Golan, renewing objection to Israel imposing "Israeli citizenship" on them, and describing the hostile practice as a plot to seize the land.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/15/2003
Morocco to double budget allocated to school building
Moroccan national education and youth minister, Habib El Malki, announced in Rabat Friday that the budget allocated to building schools, estimated at 1.39 billion Dhs in 2003 (US $139 million), will be doubled next year.
Morocco, Education, 12/15/2003
Arab- American relations office criticize Syria Accountability Act, approved by Bush
The Arab-American Relations Office ( AARF ) expressed dissatisfaction and frustration over the U.S. President George W. Bush's signing of the so-called "Syria Accountability Act." The Arab community in the U.S., in a statement issued by the AARF, said the Act would encourage Israel to have a more intransigent and arrogant stance regarding international law.
Regional-USA, Politics, 12/15/2003
Syrian information minister statement on capturing Saddam
Syria's Information Minister Ahmad al-Hasan, commenting on the capture of the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said Sunday that Syria's opinion regarding Iraq wouldn't be expressed through individuals.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 12/15/2003
Satterfield succeeds in arranging a Palestinian- Israeli meeting
A high ranking Palestinian official said that a meeting will be held today between Palestinian and Israeli officials, in order to discuss means of implementing the Roadmap peace plan, and prepare for the forthcoming meeting between the Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qrei and the Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/15/2003
One Palestinian killed; shelling a settlement in Gaza
Palestinian gunmen fired 20 mortars shells at the Israeli Neve Dekailm settlement in Gaza, causing slight damage. Settlers sources said that the shells fell intensively within several hours, and targeted a commercial area in the settlement which is inhabited by 2400 Israelis.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/15/2003
International conference in Yemen to limit light weapons dissemination
Sessions of an international conference to limit the deployment and misuse of small weapons started in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, with the participation of Arab and foreign experts.
Yemen-Regional, Local, 12/15/2003
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife arrived in Athens Sunday in a three-day visit. He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara, and the two ministers of tourism, and trade.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI received this Friday at the Royal Palace in Marrakech Mauritanian premier, Sagheir Wild Mubarak, envoy of the Mauritanian president Mu'aweya Wild Taye'.
Iranian President Mohamed Khatami, speaking to the Iranian News Agency (IRNA) on his return from Geneva on Friday, said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's viewpoints on issues such as Iraq and Palestine were close to those of Iran and said that the two leaders agreed that relations between Egypt and Iran should be promoted.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak called on the U.S. to work to resume peace negotiations on the Syrian track from the point it stopped.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak received a phone call Sunday from U.S. President George W. Bush in which they discussed recent developments in the Middle East region.
Executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Costa, has paid tribute to Morocco for its role in the drafting and finalization of the U.N. convention against corruption.
European commissioner for the European Union enlargement, Gunter Verheugen, who had planned to visit Morocco this December 11-12, postponed the visit because of the busy agenda of the Moroccan officials he was due to meet, the commissioner's spokesman said.