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Saudi women demand women's rights from crown prince Abdullah
The second session of the "national dialogue" continues deliberations in Mecca, where a group of Saudi women, most of them are university graduate called in a petition submitted to the crown prince Abdullah to found a higher council for women and to draw "special rules concerning the family in 'divorce cases.'"
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/31/2003
Hedallah sentences, execution halted
The criminal court in Nouakchott Monday sentenced to five year imprisonment, but with halting the execution of the sentence, against the former President of Mauritanian Muhammad Khouna Weld Hedallah and his son Seidi, and other three persons, and for them to pay a penalty equal to 1200 dollars after they were convicted of the conspiracy to topple the regime in June this year.
Mauritania, Politics, 12/31/2003
Doha, Manama decide to resume joint committee work
The King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifaconcluded a visit to Doha lasted for five hours, during which he held talks with Amir of Qatar, Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Qatar-Bahrain, Politics, 12/31/2003
Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia: Eritrea is the source of problems in the African horn
The two Yemeni and Sudanese presidents, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi, who signed yesterday in Addis Ababa a treaty to found the "Sanaa coalition" denounced Eritrea, and considered it the source of "problems " in the African horn.
Regional-Yemen, Politics, 12/31/2003
Benflis: Butaflika is abusing authority regarding the freeze of liberation front activities
Benflis said that this decision once again reveals that nothing prevents the "'candidate' President Abdul Aziz Butaflika in his hunger for power." He described the decision as unprecedented violation of the independence of the judiciary.
Algeria, Politics, 12/31/2003
Jordanian Muslim Brothers to start a TV or radio station
The Ikhwan al-Muslimin (Muslim Brothers) group in Jordan said it is considering the foundation of a TV station, or an independent radio, after the call made by the Jordanian commission for audio-visual media for the private sector and the parties to form broadcasting stations.
Jordan, Politics, 12/31/2003
Emergency meeting for Arab FMs on improving the Arab League
The assistant secretary general of the Arab league AL Nour Eddine Hasshad announced on Sunday that the Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo in February 2004 to discuss the file of developing the Arab League.
Regional, Politics, 12/31/2003
Red Cross asks to visit Saddam Hussein
The International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC) asked the American occupation forces in Iraq to permit it to visit the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq, Politics, 12/31/2003
Bashir expects a peace agreement with the rebels within one week
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir expected to reach during one week a final peace agreement between the government and the southern rebels.
Sudan, Politics, 12/31/2003
Al-Shara confers with Austrian parliamentary delegation
Talks also dealt with issues of mutual concern and with Syria's initiative submitted to the UN Security Council regarding freeing the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction WMD.
Syria-Austria, Politics, 12/31/2003
Arab-Turkman demonstration today in Karkouk against federation
One Iraqi citizen was killed and other three wounded, one of them in critical condition, in a bomb explosion when an American vehicle was running in al- Karradah quarters in the downtown, while one American soldier was wounded in a bomb explosion that took place in the west of Baghdad.
Iraq, Politics, 12/31/2003
Saudi King Fahd receives Qurei'
Saudi Arabia King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday received the Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qurei' and members of the accompanying delegation and discussed with them latest developments concerning the Palestinian issue, bilateral relations, and Arab, Islamic and international affairs especially the Palestinian question, and the acts of killing and destruction practices against the Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli forces.
Saudi Arabia-Palestine, Politics, 12/31/2003
Book review: My life and the execution: A life span commitment to national issues
The book made it clear that following the launching of the March 8 revolution of 1963, members of the Murshid community were no longer vulnerable, especially when the defense minister of that time, the late President Hafez al-Assad, was able to abrogate instructions and laws for repressing the Murshid Community members
Syria, Politics, 12/31/2003
One Palestinian killed in Khan Yunis, Curfew imposed on Nablus
One Young Palestinian was killed by the Israeli bullets in Khan Younis to the south of Gaza. Palestinian sources explained that Fadel al-Najjar (22 year old) was hit by fatal bullets in his chest.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/31/2003
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Egyptian Minister of Foreign Trade, Yossef Botros Ghali, agreed during the meeting with his Saudi counterpart on settling all trade obstacles between Egypt and Saudi Arabia within three months.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received Tuesday Chairman of the Austrian National Council Andreas Khol and an accompanying delegation. Talks dealt with the situations in the region, particularly in Iraq, the peace process in the Middle East, and Syria's vision regarding resolving the issues of the region in line with the international resolutions.
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara and Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa discussed Tuesday discussed the Syrian initiative submitted to the UN Security Council regarding making the Middle East a region free from weapons of mass destruction WMD, stressing the importance of an active Arab stance to preserve the region's security and stability in the present and future.
Qatari official sources announced that Amir of Qatar, Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani made a limited government's reshuffle, according to which he appointed a new minister for the economy and commerce.
Rector of Damascus University, Mohammad Issam al-Awa, met in Damascus Tuesday Rector of Petersburg Government Technical University in Russia on activating cultural and the scientific cooperation agreement signed between the two universities in 2002 for exchanging visits and expertise and cooperation in the field of the joint scientific research.
Syria's People's Assembly approved on Monday the General budget for the year 2004 amounting to 449,500 billion Syrian pounds.
The American embassy in Damascus said that the new US ambassador to Syria Margaret Scooby arrived in Damascus to resume her work.