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Algerian minister of interior criticizes presidential candidate over their demand to government resignation
The Algerian Minister of the Interior, Nour Eddine Yazid Zarhouni, criticized the request of the 10 Presidential candidate to have the government resign as a condition to guarantee a transparent elections.
Algeria, Politics, 1/28/2004
Saudi Arabia: the religious establishment defines prospects of reforms; The Mufti opposes banning of French veil
University professor Raed Qasti said "the Mentality of the religious establishment goes back to the pre- history age and obstructs all sorts of reforms." He added that extremists conservatives control every thing in the Kingdom and fight any reform because it is for them a threat at the political, social or economic sides.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/28/2004
Khartoum prepares for a peace initiative in Darfour
The Wali ( governor ) of North Darfour which is situated to the West of Sudan, Othman Youssef Kabar, said that the central government in Khartoum is preparing to announce an initiative in order to solve the conflict with the rebels, peacefully in Darfour.
Sudan, Politics, 1/28/2004
al-Dustor: Egypt: Arab Gas pipeline project shows things can happen when there is will
Egyptian Petroleum Minister, Samih Fahmi, said that Arab Natural Gas Pipeline Project constitutes one of the strategic economic projects in the history of the Arab Nation, and that it is considered as a distinguished example for projects of the joint Arab cooperation.
Egypt-Regional, Economics, 1/28/2004
Independent: invasion of Iraq lacked humanitarian and logical justification
The British Independent daily stressed Tuesday that the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq lacked human and logical justification. The daily cited a report by the Human Rights Watch organization that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction(WMD) in Iraq would push the U.S. President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to hide behind humanitarian reasons.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/28/2004
Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association: An Abundant Future for a unique Syria
In the presence of Syria's First Lady Asmaa al-Assad, wife of President Bashar al- Assad the first conference of the Syrian young Entrepreneurs Association (SYEA) was held in Damascus on 13 and 14 January, 2004.
Syria, Economics, 1/28/2004
Haartez: Israeli FM reacts seriously with al-Assad's initiative
The political research center at the Israeli foreign ministry expressed its assessment that the problem in the negotiations with Syria does not lie "in the Syrian seriousness, rather in the Israeli readiness to pay the price."
Syria-Israel, Politics, 1/28/2004
Some 20 Jordanians detained in Israel released
The official spokeswoman for the Jordanian government, Asmaa Khuder, expected the release of 18 to 20 Jordanian prisoners in the Israeli jails before or during the visit of the Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom to Amman due today.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 1/28/2004
Israel publishes names of released prisoners according to prisoners exchange agreement
Tel Aviv has published a list in the name of the prisoners who will be released in a prisoners exchange deal with the Lebanese Hizbullah, after the Israeli soldiers started to collect the remains of the Lebanese fighters in order to hand them to the party in the framework of the deal.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 1/28/2004
Palestinian- Egyptian talks in Ramullah aims at a new truce
The Egyptian Foreign minister Ahmed Maher and the director of the general intelligence Omar Suleiman held talks with the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Ramullah.
Palestine-Egypt, Politics, 1/28/2004
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Lebanon's President Emil Lahoud welcomed any step for enhancing the Arab solidarity and developing relations of cooperation among the Arab states on all levels, particularly on the economic field.
The Syrian Embassy staff in Ankara announced that the number of Turkish citizens who want visas to enter Syria have remarkably increased since the historical visit Paid by President Bashar al-Assad to Turkey
Premiere Mohammad Naji Otari received in Damascus Tuesday Armenian Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs, Tamara Poghosian, and an accompanying delegation on the standing historic relations between the two countries and the importance of developing those relations in the economic, social and cultural fields.
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Tuesday received a telephone call from Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa. Talks during the phone call dealt with the best means to develop and enhance the joint Arab action and to boost the League's role in this domain.
A large funeral was held yesterday in Damascus for the late prominent Arab writer Abdul Rahman Munif. Friends and fans came to see him off for the last time from Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq ( he is of a Saudi father and Iraqi mother and exiled for a long time from his homeland Saudi Arabia).