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Qatar: woman appointed President of Hamad medical establishment
During the past few months, several women were appointed for the presidency of important official establishments in Qatar. In May this year, Sheikha al-Mahmoud was appointed as a minister of education to be the first woman in the Gulf region to assume a ministerial post in the government
Qatar, Culture, 12/26/2003
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Sudan released
The Sudanese authorities announced yesterday the release of Islam Saleh, the director of al-Jazeera office in Khartoum, under personal guarantee, after he was detained for one week over being accuses of broadcasting programs that the government said "include misleading information, biased analysis and distorting the image of the country."
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 12/26/2003
Algerian government refuses to lift restrictions on Balhah
The Algerian authorities refused a request proposed by an Islamic party, to lift the sanctions off Ali Balhah, the deputy chairman of the banned Islamic Front For Salvation, who was released July this year, after he had spent 12 years in a military jail.
Algeria, Politics, 12/26/2003
Hedallah lawyers expect sentence decision on Sunday
Defense lawyers for the former President of Mauritania Muhammad Khouna Weld Hedallah expected the court to pronounce its verdict on Sunday regarding the accusations against him.
Mauritania, Politics, 12/26/2003
Two jailed Moroccan journalists, in good health, says minister
The two jailed Moroccan journalists are in good health and enjoy all the rights guaranteed by the law, insisted on Wednesday night, the Moroccan minister of Justice.
Morocco, Politics, 12/26/2003
Qatar, Mauritania sign several important agreements
Qatar and Mauritania signed several bilateral agreements in the areas of trade, the economy and aviation. This came after the visit made by the President of Mauritania Mu'aweya Wild Taye' to Doha, during which he met with the Amir of Qatar, Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Qatar-Mauritania, Politics, 12/26/2003
Sudanese, Ethiopian, Yemeni summit next Monday
The foreign ministers of the Sanaa coalition will hold a meeting on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in order to approve works of the tripartite summit between Sudan, Ethiopia and Yemen.
Regional-Ethiopia, Politics, 12/26/2003
Over 3,000 casualties in road accidents in Morocco; severez drain on economy
Annual losses resulting from these accidents were estimated at 11 billion Dhs (US $1.1 billion), that is 2.5 percent of the GDP
Morocco, Economics, 12/26/2003
Compulsory health insurance project to be launched in january 2005, pm
Moroccan prime minister, Driss Jettou, said Wednesday, that the project of compulsory global health insurance will be enforced as of January 2005.
Morocco, Economics, 12/26/2003
Moussa discusses with Zibari the Arab League role in Iraq
The secretary general of the Arab League ( AL), Amr Moussa, stressed that he has discussed with the Iraqi foreign minister Hoshiar Muhammad Zibari current conditions in Iraq, and the role that might be played by the AL in this country.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 12/26/2003
Hakim vows to end occupation, missile attacks continue in Baghdad
News reports said that at least three mortar shells fell near the headquarters of the American occupation leadership in the downtown of Baghdad. No reports were made immediately on the size of losses, but warning whistles and explosions were heard inside what is known as the green zone after a brief period from the attack.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 12/26/2003
Five Palestinians, three from Jihad movement killed by Israeli raid
Four Israelis were killed and other 15 injured many in a critical health condition in a Palestinian operation that took place at a bus station in Tel Aviv. The military wing of the People's Front For the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the operation, and indicated that it came in retaliation to the killing of two of its activists, in by the Israeli army in Nablus last Thursday.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/26/2003
100 passengers killed, 20 rescued in plane crash heading from Benin to Lebanon
News reports on the number of persons who survived the plane crash incident in Benin have been contradictory. The ministry of health in Benin announced that some 22 passengers were rescued in this incident, while the Lebanese transport minister, Najib Meiqati, announced the rescue of 19 persons most of them Lebanese, as well as the pilot's assistant who is a Libyan national.
Lebanon-Benin, Local, 12/26/2003
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